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“Wonderwall”

Posted by purplemary54 on November 17, 2012

This is simply a great song.  The original Oasis version was released in 1995, and as far as I’m concerned, it’s the only song Noel Gallagher wrote that was worth anything.  It is a soaring, searing tempest-in-a-teapot of a song.  I’m not sure if I’m supposed to feel hope or despair, if this is song about salvation or destruction.  There’s an edge in Liam Gallagher’s voice, a longing in the acoustic guitar and strings.  It’s the phone call you just missed, the connection cut just as you said hello.  Nothing feels resolved.  “And all the roads we have to walk are winding.  And all the lights that lead the way are blinding.  There are many things that I would like to say to you, but I don’t know how.  Because maybe, you’re gonna be the one that saves me.  And after all, you’re my wonderwall.”

Usually, the original is the best version, although occasionally the cover supersedes it for some reason.  Rarely does it become a different song altogether.  But that’s what happens here.  In 2003, Ryan Adams released a cover of “Wonderwall” that rivals the original.  Adams strips it down, layers it with echoey, ghostly strings/synths that fill his version with dread and desperation.  (Okay, the dread and desperation are in the original, too, but Adams takes out the anger and pushes these feeling to the forefront.)  The best word I can think of to describe Adams’ version is spooky.  This is the long walk through the dark woods of the soul.  Lying in the dark at 3:00 AM, the only light in the room from a half-moon and the cigarette you’re smoking.  Thinking about all the things you fear and regret.  “And all the roads we have to walk are winding.  And all the lights that lead the way are blinding.  There are many things that I would like to say to you, but I don’t know how.  And after all, you’re my wonderwall.”

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3 Responses to ““Wonderwall””

  1. […] My Electronic Jukebox: for always providing my feed with awesome songs, and deeper analysis of those beats: https://myelectronicjukebox.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/wonderwall/ […]

  2. GlennVU said

    A classic, The original Oasis…

    Ryan Adams cover, best Oasis cover ever!

    Pure love!

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