The yawning reality of regret
As far as I’m concerned, It’s All Gone is either about insomnia or the bliss of sleep. I mean yeah, the lyrics are pretty clear about how “sleep is the only thing that makes me forget” et cetera so the narrator obviously does get some sleep, but I don’t know, I’ve always felt it to be closer to sleep depravation. Praising something so common and ordinary as sleep as something almost divine and blissful thing that cures all problems sounds like the talk of a person who cannot sleep, or alternatively cannot rest easily due to the problems he has.
Regardless of which interpretation you go with, it’s completely supported by the crowning glory of It’s All Gone – the music. The deep, deep production with drum effects, constant keyboard textures, vocal echoes and a thick bassline straight from an abyss create an intensively strong atmosphere. It’s dreamy, it’s sleepy. It’s ethereal. It sounds like the world feels when you’ve been awake for so long that things start to blur and your thinking isn’t all that clear anymore. It’s musically the embodiment of sleep depravation so I suppose that’s where my ‘alternative interpretation’ comes from. Coupled with the fact that this is a very summery song to me because I first heard it during a very warm and sunny summer, it’s the soundtrack for the nights when the sun refuses to go down (a very Finnish phenomenon at least) and it’s too damn hot to sleep so you just roll awake on your bed.
In short, it’s again a track that shows how perfect an album that would have been created from the Forever Delayed sessions would have been. As it is now, it’s a brilliant b-side.