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Life of a Song
Vearncombe was broke and could barely afford bread and milk. He returned from the shop and wrote "Wonderful Life" within 10 minutes. Only Donald Fagen and Randy Newman can sing sarcastically in a way that people understand. As a result, Smash Hits wrote about me because they thought it was a pop thing and Q wouldn't touch me. He saw Deaf School at the new wave club, Eric's, in and wanted to be a performer himself.
Make sense of a disrupted world. Add this topic to your myFT Digest for news straight to your inbox. This roots reggae classic has been remixed and sampled many times. Written when the singer was just 19, this plaintive song has been covered extensively. The song became a rallying cry against the Vietnam war and entrenched privilege. Like the cuckoo call in the lyrics, this 13th-century song has continued to echo down the years.
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It usually takes a while — a decade or two — before we can look back at a particular era of American life and see it as something coherent, something whose every aspect is marked by one overarching mood. It takes a certain amount of hindsight to notice how all the wildly different reactions people had to the moment were still, in the end, reactions to the same thing; all the different poses they adopted were still being struck against the same backdrop. But this era — this year, and the last one, and one or two before that — might be an exception. Musicians are no exception. Though there is, in certain genres, plenty of all that as well.
Songs about depression can be the best place to turn when the black dog comes around. We asked the whole NME team for their top picks of what to listen to when the going gets tough, and this is what we came up with: 50 of the best songs about depression, old and new. The common thread of them all, though, is that they all help put dark thoughts into perspective. These dark lyrics were written while the band were on tour, after they heard about a teen who left a suicide note for his parents. Its lyrics are intermittently angry and melancholy, wanting to cover up all the brightness in the world. This song instantly belonged to everyone except us, and that honestly means the world to me.