Don't Look Back in Anger

Saturday, April 04, 2015



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At some point in life, things can turn so bad. Sh*ts always happen, indeed. And some of them can be pretty bad until the point that it could damage your soul. But somehow I always believe, that for those who are brave enough to let go, there’s always something else in return; Lost and Found. Sometimes, people don’t think it through when they face those sh*ts. For some people, they need to take some times to finally be able to think it through. And when that time comes, all feelings come up. Perhaps anger. Perhaps regret. Perhaps grieve. Perhaps longing. Perhaps it’s just emptiness. Anyway, whatever it is, just rest assured, everything will be okay, at least for now. Because everything eventually happens for a reason, and there’s a time for everything. Therefore you could find peace among the sh*ts that happen; and perhaps some humors. So just don’t look back in anger, at least not today.

Slip inside the eye of your mind, don’t you know you might find a better place to play. You said that you’d never been, all the things that you’ve seen will slowly fade away.” –Oasis, Don’t Look Back in Anger

As today’s song for Lost and Found, I present you the megahit from the legendary English rock band, Oasis, titled “Don’t Look Back in Anger”. The song was released on February 19th 1996 and served as the fifth single released from the band’s second studio album, “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?”. It was written by the band’s guitarist and main songwriter, Noel Gallagher. This song was the first Oasis single to feature Noel on lead vocal instead of his brother, the main vocalist, Liam Gallagher. The interesting thing about “Don’t Look Back in Anger” is –and also other big hits from classic rock n’ roll band– that the songwriter and his band members remain silent about what this song is really meant. Noel Gallagher himself said this song wasn’t about anything. That he was writing it while goofing arond with his brother, Liam. That thing, again, leaves us to reinterpret the song by ourselves, which is exciting me.


"Don't Look Back in Anger" single cover - source: en.wikipedia.org

Everything will be okay; that’s what I take from “Don’t Look Back in Anger”. It tells about a man who convinces his girl that everything will be just fine. But in the end of it all, he’s the one who’s convinced by the girl not to look back in anger, because everything is fine for him, for them, and for everything in between. “Slip inside the eye of your mind, don’t you know you might find a better place to play. You said that you’d never been, all the things that you’ve seen will slowly fade away.” In a relationship, when all the things seem to turn bad, he tells her to go to a different part of her mind, and to think about things in a different way. He tells her that all the bad things that have happened between the two of them will fade from her mind, and she will be able to not think about it for a little while, which would benefit her. And when they both are cool down and look at their situation in a different way, they can re-think their relationship. “Take me to the place where you go, where nobody knows if it’s night or day. Please don’t put your life in the hands of a rock n’ roll band, who’ll throw it all away.” And they both eventually understand, things have gone too bad between them, and they can never work it out.
He accepts much responsibility for what happened between them, and admits that his profession caused him to do things in their relationship he may not have done otherwise, all common habits of rock and roll bands which greatly hurt the ones, particularly the women they love. He tells her that a relationship with a musician like this will only do her harm, as he begs her next time to choose a more stable partner, and not to put all her heart into a musician who won’t treat her as well as she deserves. “So I’ll start the revolution from my bed, ‘cause you said the brains I had went to my head. Step outside ‘cause summertime’s in bloom. Stand up beside the fireplace. Take that look from off your face, ‘cause you ain’t ever gonna burn my heart out.” He tells her to stop wasting her time. She is putting to much effort into trying to hurt him and to get back at him. So he’s telling her to stop, because he’s never going to feel bad about what happened.
So he lets her go. As they pass each other in silence, with no feelings from him for her anymore, her spirits fade because she realizes there is no hope left, though she has tried everything her best to make it work, even waiting endlessly. But then she realizes, as she simply tells him that they should not look back in anger at what happened between them and to move on, that she gotta let him go too. “So Sally can wait, she knows it’s too late as we’re walking on by. Her soul slides away, ‘But don’t look back in anger’, I heard you say. So Sally can wait, she knows it’s too late as she’s walking on by. My soul slides away, ‘But don’t look back in anger, don’t look back in anger,’ I heard you say, ‘at least not today.’” Perhaps one day the time will be right to look back on the situation and feel angry about it, but that time is not now, and until then, they should forget it and be happy with life. It isn’t a situation to be worried about now. Maybe in the future, things will be bad and you can think about this angrily, but right now, all is well. Right now, don’t worry about it. Put it behind you and move on, and please don’t look back in anger.


The handsome Mr. Noel Gallagher on "Don't Look Back in Anger" music video - source: pinterest.com

From time to time, “Don’t Look Back in Anger” is one of the Oasis’ signature songs, and was played at almost every single live show from its release to the dissolution of the band. It became the band’s second single to reach number one on the UK Singles Chart, where it also went platinum. It was influenced by the band’s senior musicians, particularly those who gave influences to Noel Gallagher, such as David Bowie and The Beatles. Even the opening piano chords in this song are strongly reminiscent of John Lennon’s “Imagine”. And the title itself was picked as a reference to the 1979 David Bowie’s song “Look Back in Anger”. The music video for “Don’t Look Back in Anger” was directed by Nigel Dick, and featured actor Patrick Macnee. The song met with high critical praise and it became a commercial hit, and it became Oasis’s sixth biggest Billboard hit in the US. And the legacy continues, as there were many juniors did the remake of this song. And it had also appeared in many popular cultures across the world.

So Sally can wait, she knows it’s too late as she’s walking on by. My soul slides away, ‘But don’t look back in anger, don’t look back in anger,’ I heard you say, ‘at least not today.’” –Oasis, Don’t Look Back in Anger



“Slip inside the eye of your mind, don’t you know you might find a better place to play
You said that you’d never been, all the things that you’ve seen will slowly fade away
So I’ll start the revolution from my bed, ‘cause you said the brains I had went to my head
Step outside ‘cause summertime’s in bloom, stand up beside the fireplace
Take that look from off your face, you ain’t ever gonna burn my heart out

So Sally can wait, she knows it’s too late as we’re walking on by
Her soul slides away, ‘But don’t look back in anger’, I heard you say

Take me to the place where you go, where nobody knows if it’s night or day
Please don’t put your life in the hands of a rock n’ roll band, who’ll throw it all away
Gonna start the revolution from my bed, ‘cause you said the brains I had went to my head
Step outside ‘cause summertime’s in bloom, stand up beside the fireplace
Take that look from off your face, ‘cause you ain’t ever gonna burn my heart out

So Sally can wait, she knows it’s too late as she’s walking on by
My soul slides away, ‘But don’t look back in anger’, I heard you say

So Sally can wait, she knows it’s too late as we’re walking on by
Her soul slides away, ‘But don’t look back in anger’, I heard you say
So Sally can wait, she knows it’s too late as she’s walking on by
My soul slides away, ‘But don’t look back in anger, don’t look back in anger’
I heard you say, ‘at least not today’”

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