Music has an amazing ability to touch our souls in ways that nothing else in life can. Music is memory and we connect events to songs and sounds. A fragment of a riff can take you back to an entirely different place and time. A beat can be a portal to a different part of your life. Lyrics are often indelibly etched into our souls and may have a poignant resonance that rings eternally inside us.
So for my first entry into a new section, ‘Song That Made Us’ I would like to submit ‘Faster‘ by the Manic Street Preachers. One of my favourite songs, this is something I can listen to repeatedly. Occasional listeners of the Manics will be familiar with their late nineties output in which they embraced a wider audience. My favourite work from them comes from a little earlier, and is from their 1994 album, The Holy Bible. Released prior to the disappearance of the bands rhythm guitarist and lyricist, Richey Edwards, the album deals with a gulf of deep and challenging issues. From anorexia to the holocaust, the band touch on it all.
The lyrics to Faster can be a bit tricky to catch. Richey’s unnatural writing style did not lend itself easily to music. Stand out lyrics include ‘if you stand out like a nail then you will be knocked down’, ‘I know I believe in nothing, but it is my nothing’ and, ‘I’ve been too honest with myself I should have lied like everybody else’.
‘I am all the things that you regret a truth that washes and learnt how to spell. ‘
‘So damn easy to cave in, man kills everything’.
I’d like to hear about your go to songs. What inspires you? Throw me some comments below…
Image taken by me at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena; May 2018