Waking and dreaming the world at my feet
I consider the Manics as the best b-sides band I know and if I had to prove that claim with a collection of songs, Just a Kid would definitely make the cut. It’s not a song I madly love, however.
It’s great but it feels a bit worn for me, a bit too familiar or something. It doesn’t hit me as much as it used to. It’s a strong, anthemic and autumnal rock song and one of the finest moments to come out of the Know Your Enemy sessions. No, the reason I’d raise it as one of the highlight songs to prove my claims is that it’s pretty much a single a-side that somehow got lost as the b-side. One can only guess that it was a matter of inconvenient timing, a song that happened to be written while preparing for new b-sides. It would have probably scored higher in the charts than the actual Know Your Enemy singles.
Like I said, I’m not as madly in love with this as I used to be. I still very much value it and find it great – it’s even reopened itself a bit on me as I’ve listened to it while preparing for this entry. It’s a great set of lyrics as well. Wire really excels with the personal stuff.