Mark Radcliffe described this song as “incredibly euphoric”, when he played it yesterday morning.
Which, for a song which contains the line:
Do you realize that everyone you know someday will die?
in its first verse, seems quite a stretch.
But it surely is the one of the most positive, thought-provoking songs ever written. Sure, there’s the nod to our unavoidable individual mortalities, but rather than dwelling on them, we’re told to fill the intervening period – however long that may be – with optimism, happiness and love.
It’s a fantastic idea that virtually no-one has adopted, perhaps for the convenient reason that you’d look really rather weird being cheerful given the current state of the country and the world in general.
But then, maybe the state of the country and the world in general could be positively affected by people being… well… more positive.
Maybe it’s worth giving it a try.
No. You first.