This will be a new beginning
I wasn’t around Manics fan forums when this song was released so unfortunately I don’t know if this caused any sort of paranoia whether or not the band would quit after the Forever Delayed compilation. I recall reading somewhere that the band wrote it as a possible goodbye if they did decide to hang down their instruments but that day never came and the song was still released. Sod knows if it’s true cause I can’t remember where on earth I picked that tidbit from.
Happy Ending is the weakest of the Forever Delayed era songs, but that still pretty much places it into the “damn good” territory. My problem was always the chorus: the verse is great – I love the summery vibe it has (thanks to me getting the song during a warm sunny summer) and it’s got the sort of wonderful optimistic melancholy to it. The lyrics are good too. But the chorus feels a bit… too controlled. It sounds like it should have somewhat of a grand exit vibe to it, but it feels held down, like someone’s afraid to let it really soar. It sounds a bit wonky. It gets a bit better by the end as the lovely piano enters the scene but even still.
But it’s still a damn good song. And if the band really would have quit after this one, the final chorus lyrics would have made a great exit statement.