Say goodbye to the last train: the melancholy of Blur’s Best Days

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Best Days, a melancholic, soft song, one of the best ever made by Blur, from their 1995 album The Great Escape.

Very often we are led to think that our lives can not get better than what they are. Too busy in work, in everyday life, we think that a revolution is more a threat than an opportunity. We think that any change can bring down all our acquired certainties, making our future horizon appear difficult and full of uncertainties. Our life, for better or worse, seems to us to be the only viable way, the one able to offer a quiet path… but is it really so? Are these really the best days of our lives or are we saying goodbye to the last train for true happiness?

Bow bells say goodbye to the last train
Over the river they all go again
Out into leafy nowhere
Hope someone’s waiting out there for them

Cabbie has his mind on a fare to the sun
He works nights but it’s not much fun
Picks up the London yo-yos
All on their own down in SoHo
Take me home

Other people wouldn’t like to hear you
If you said that these are the best days of our lives
Other people’d turn around and laugh at you
If you said that these are the best days of our lives

Trellick Tower’s been calling
I know she’ll leave me in the morning {dew}

In hotel cells listening to dial tones
Remote controls and cable moans
In his drink he’s talking
Gets disconnected sleepwalking back home

Other people wouldn’t like to hear you
If you said that these are the best days of our lives
Other people’d turn around and laugh at you
If you said that these are the best days of our lives
Of our lives

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