Growing Up 90’s: Oasis “Don’t Look Back In Anger”


“Slip inside the eye of your mind

Don’t you know you might find 

A better place to play

You said that you’d never been

But all the things that you’ve seen

Will slowly fade away”

The musical centerpiece of this week’s edition of Growing Up 90’s comes from Oasis, the band whose guitarist Noel Gallagher pulled a page from the John Lennon playbook and once claimed were “bigger than God.” The aforementioned song is “Don’t Look Back In Anger” from the band’s 1995 breakthrough album (What’s The Story) Morning Glory, which is not only my favorite song on the record, but from the band as well.

At times, the brothers Gallagher, Noel and Liam, were better known for their vicious, drunken fighting than for their music, but they put forth a monster album, and this song, with its explosive and memorable chorus helped pave the path towards stardom for the band.

“So I’ll start a revolution from my bed

‘Cause you said the brains I had went to my head

Step outside, 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”

The song’s lyrics are at times clever, and are uplifting on the whole. Although regret shines through in the chorus, the parting line of it evokes the “don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened” pleasantry that has made its way onto memes shared on the Internet everyday.

“And so Sally can wait

She knows it’s too late as she’s walking on by

Her soul slides away

But ‘don’t look back in anger’

I heard you say”

Noel Gallagher once admitted that he didn’t even know anyone named Sally, but he thought it necessary to just throw a girl’s name in there. I suppose that makes total sense, and it works just as well as any other name.

“So Sally can wait

She know it’s too late as she’s walking on by

My soul slides away

But ‘don’t look back in anger, don’t look back in anger’

I heard you say, ‘at least not today'”

“Don’t Look Back In Anger” is a massive song, complete with a guitar solo and some noodling in other parts of the tune, and a chorus that you will hopefully never forget. It’s actually quite impossible not to sing along to. The Gallagher brothers struck gold with this one, and over two decades later, it has the utmost staying power. Check out the music video for the song below, and take a gander at the rest of the collection of ramblings that I have amassed at The No Seatbelt Blog!

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