The 80s for me were a blur: there was so much good music and we had so much fun (and we dressed so badly) but I was so young and naive I had no idea what people were singing about. I listen to the Smiths now and am gobsmacked at how good Morrissey’s lyrics are.
But to 1997 and More Than This. This song means a lot to me. While I love the Brian Ferry original the 10,000 Maniacs version came out in 1997 when I turned 30.
My late 20s were, shall we say, slightly turbulent personally: that’s probably not unusual for the self indulgent Seinfeld generation. I could spell out my own drama in all its difficult, occasionally catastrophic and often trivial detail but let’s just say things didn’t quite go to plan.
But time flew, I met some different people and had some fun. And now 15 years on I’m happily married with two beautiful kids and a great job. I’m enjoying the moment. So some things didn’t go to plan in the 90s (including the Republic ... grrrrr...) but the noughties were kind.
Now I have to write this verse because whatever your philosophy about life—be it religious, atheist or agnostic—it is eternally true and might give you some comfort in your travels (particularly with Mary Ramsey’s sublimely soothing tones):
It was fun for a while
There was no way of knowing
Like a dream in the night
Who can say where we're going
No care in the world
Maybe I'm learning
Why the sea on the tide
Has no way of turning