These things I’ve seen bring tears to my eyes
The overwhelming feeling on Postcards is one of positivity and if there’s any song that nutshells it all, it’s I Think I Found It. There’s several upbeat and even somewhat joyous tracks in the Manics back catalogue but I Think I Found It tops them all – it’s condensed, genuine happiness. There’s no deception, no hint of melancholy anywhere in sight. It’s a song about finding something that drives away all the sadness and doubt, lighting the fire inside and filling the body with sheer joy of life. It’s arguably the most heartwarming song the band have made. It also continues the current trend of band members stepping away from their usual roles as reportedly James wrote the entire song, including the lyrics, for this one – apparently the song was written after James has met with Mike Scott (of The Waterboys fame) and reminisced about the past with him, including a particular incident of young Bradders sending Scott a fan letter.
Perhaps because it’s such a drastic break from the band’s usual antics, I Think I Found It is one of the most memorable and remarkable on Postcards From a Young Man. It’s a breezy, light tune with an irresistable energy, and the joy is there from the very basics of the song’s core and writing. I particularly love the punctuation DUN-DUNNNs on the second verse that somehow hammer down the core positivity of “I think I found it” and “I think I love it”. To support the song’s feel even further, I Think I Found It marks the Manics debut of the mandola (played by Bradders himself) whose light, glimmering sparkle sounds better than any guitar could.
This is probably going to be one of the tracks that’ll be forgotten by the band as time goes by – the overwhelmingly positive nature seems a bit too much for most fans apparently and the band has a habit of going against their more off-the-cuff moments – but for me it’s always going to be one of the treasures of Postcards and reasons to listen to it.