Oasis – TOP21-songs: 4 – Don’t Look Back in AngerOasis – TOP21-biisit: 4 – Don’t Look Back in Anger

From the album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? (1995).

A mega ballad sang by Noel himself. The first listen of this one is clearly in mind as well: it occurred during the same trip than with Acquiesce, which placed on number 6. (What’s the Story) Morning Glory-album was played first and this song came out of the player just as we were leaving Lieksa. The melody of the refrain struck me immediately.

Noel said in an interview once that he tried to compose refrains that a stadium-full of people could sing along. This one’s just like that but there’s great things surrounding that as well. The lyrics are written about a break-up but from a different point-of-view than usually.

“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”

Also the b-section (meaning the part inbetween the verse and the chorus) deserves a mention. This is how a song builds it’s tension! Especially it’s last few measures are great. And the text ain’t bad there either.

“So I’ll start the revolution from my bed
Cos you said the brains I had went to my head
Step outside ’coz 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”

Also the outro is great. The story ends, a little surprisingly, with something like an epilogue, raising the songs classic-status further.

This is a song from which I have to share a live version from which Don’t Look Back in Anger’s power can be experienced. In their home city Manchester there used to be quite a party everytime when their own boys came to town.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_43llAvXSnc

Albumilta (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? (1995).

Megaballadi, jonka Noel tulkitsee. Tämänkin ensikuuntelu on mielessä: kyseessä oli sama reissu kuin sijalla 6 olleen Acquiescen kohdalla. Tämä levy soi ensin, ja tämä nimenomainen biisi juuri sillä hetkellä kun oltiin lähdössä Lieksasta. Kertosäkeen melodia vei mennessään heti.

Noel on joskus sanonut hakeneensa sellaisia kertosäkeitä, joita stadionillinen ihmisiä voi hoilata mukana. Tässä on juuri sellainen, mutta ympärillä on muutakin hienoa. Teksti on ero-aiheinen, mutta vähän eri kulmasta kuin tavallisesti.

“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”

Myös b-osa, eli säkeistön ja kertosäkeen välissä oleva, ansaitsee maininnan. Näin nostatetaan jännitettä! Varsinkin sen viimeiset tahdit ovat huikeita. Eikä teksti sielläkään kehno ole.

So I’ll start the revolution from my bed
Cos you said the brains I had went to my head
Step outside ’coz 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”

Myös loppu on mahtava. Tarina loppuukin hieman yllättävästi kuin epilogilla, nostaen klassikko-statusta entisestään.

Tästä täytyy laittaa jakoon live-versio, jossa biisin mahti tulee esille. Kotikentällä Manchesterissa tuppasi aina olemaan melkoiset pirskeet, kun omat pojat saapuivat kaupunkiin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_43llAvXSnc