Was an addict for 33 years
I'm still scared to discover who I am. I used to be care free and look to the future with hopeful anticipation but now I don't know what to expect and fear wasting what precious time I have left. I feel hiraeth, for a time that never was but need to ground myself in reality and move forward - 'Life can only be understood looking backwards, but must be lived going forwards'
As we grow older and the album gets aged the gap between us and the society gets wider. We intend to connect to each other but in truth we bond less. However the song and the album is still a great instrument to reflect about emotions and the phases of our lives with our beloved ones.
The world revolves around it, involves around it, controls around it. An everlasting love.
The open space of black rock sands and the snowdionia mountain range shows there connection with nature and humanity as well as opening the first ever festival 6 at portmerion l
The TIMTTMY tour was the first time saw the Manics live, on the 18th December 1998. I was 17. I was going with 2 friends, Claire who got me into them, but the other, our ride, dropped out. So my Mom came with us, not knowing any of their music. That night was the first time I introduced new music to my parents. Until then it had always been the other way around. This was the moment I felt grown, because I had shown them this amazing thing. 20 years later we still go to Manics gigs together.
30 yrs on.. where did it go? From Crumlin square, you came with me everywhere.
1998...I was 15...growing up with this...best album ever made. Bought 2 new copies because I listened so much the CD’s were badly scratched, my discman couldn’t play them anymore. Please Manics take your tour to THE NETHERLANDS 🇳🇱
Still teaching and hoping for more empathy and compassion in our world
'The Everlasting' is probably my favourite song by MSP, even though 'Truth' wasn't my first MSP album (that was 'EMG'). It's a profoundly sad song, but at the same time it's just so beautifully played and recorded, you can't help but be uplifted by it. A true juxtaposition in a song.
One day I decided to forgive the men who sexually abused me. Not because it's OK, but to distance me from the pain and feelings of guilt and to protect and comfort the teenage boy in me. I am now a husband and a father and strive every day to be the best father and husband in the world.
Discovered this masterpiece in early 2000's on Musicmatch Jukebox. Manics have been my favourite band of all times, their music has helped me through in some very rough times in live. 'Tsunami Tsunami keep washing over me' :)
For me it's more than a song, I've found myself singing this song from my heart before I understood that something in my life was ending...and something better is on its way. It's magical to me, thank you for your amazing music and words!
EMG was my first Manics album but this one solidified them as my favorite band of all time. Every song is a gem and reminds me of a moment in time. JDB's voice breaks your heart and then heals it again at the same time. I got to see them live when they came to Canada to tour this album and it will always hold a special place in my heart.
Sitting on Southerndown beach, as the sun set nearly two weeks ago, contemplating the implications of the biopsy I had earlier that day. I was listening to The Everlasting, with the sound of the incoming tide just audiable in the background. It gave me the inner peace and hope that I really needed then, and continues to do when I listen to the track again. For now, my target is to hear it live at Cardiff castle in June.
I remember rushing to buy the album on release day. I couldn't wait to get home to listen to it. Hearing 'The Everlasting' for the first time made me cry. It was so beautiful and James voice was just perfect. It meant so much to me as a long time fan to have this album after the significance of Everything Must Go. The Manics were still here and remained strong. I still feel those emotions whenever I play the album and will always be proud to call myself a fan.
I bought the album the week my mum and dad told me they were splitting up and my world fell apart aged 17. I remember sitting in the front room and putting the CD on....'The gap that grows between our lives...the gap our parents never had..' then on to '....in the beginning when we were winning'. God it hurt, but I knew I wasnt alone. Whether those lyrics really mirrored my life, it felt they did and my favourite band had my back
This was the record that I made me a MSP fan. Hearing If You Tolerate on the radio in 98 was a revelation, but the album managed to be even bigger. The Everlasting remains one of the few true hymns of my late youth.
I fell in love with this song over it's string section and simplicity. One night i was watching the original conan the barbarian muted and jo whiley played the album in full on radio one. This song just swept me away and always helps me to find karma. Iv always wanted to hear it live. I also like the idea of playing it busking in town.
This Is My Truth was released when I was in 11 and caught my attention. I have happy memories of listening to If You Tolerate This on a beautiful day when life was simple. Sadly within a year of that I took unwell and started to understand the lyrics more. This album opened me up to music, literature and film I might not have discovered. 20 years on I’ve learned to live with my condition and the Manics words and wisdom have gotten me through some really dark times.
I was just short of 17 when this was released, a new sixth-former with it all ahead of me. Going into winter 1998 this album was an awakening. It signalled the beginning of a new part of life; an interim period between school and work. The album was poignant and moving, yet somehow bright. The raucous anger and aggression had been replaced with a gentler vibe, but when JDB went for the jugular it was with a purer type of venom in his voice. The Everlasting’s opening line lingers on beautifully
Depression has been my shadow for 30 years. The painted on smile has been wiped off for the last time. Don't criticize me if I don't want to be happy. Why should I be when the world in my head is full of darkness. The world, to my eyes is dark and unforgiving.
.....not really. Ask anyone i work with and theyll probably describe me as a haopy go lucky joker, but the truth is its a mask, inside im dying.
As a kid, I couldn't connect with my sister. I was eaten up with guilt about it. We finally bonded over Manics' music. It gave us something to talk about.
Sadness, fear, regret
I’d asked a girl I really liked out for a date the week the album was released. It was a sunny September day and I’d also just bought my first car. I had a taped copy of the album in the car’s cassette player and just remember sitting at the wheel with the blue sky and her sat next to me as I heard that line in the Everlasting “the world is full of refugees, just like you and just like me”. I felt my whole life open up.
I've been depressed for 27 years. 4 years ago inspired by a Manics's video, I flew to Wales and spent some time there, alone; Did the same the following year and the band + the Welsh people saved me from myself. What kept me going on then and now is the hope I'll come back one day and feel loved and embraced, like I did.
Absolutely love this amazing song, me and my partner at the time used to play this regularly and when someone mentioned that I had similar features to James the lead singer it made it all the more special, we are no longer together but still great friends and this was our song of choice and always will be
Where it all began. My dad played this in the car when I was about 5 and even then I appreciated it. It holds my favourite life saying, as mentioned in the tiIte. It represents a departure from the testosterone fuelled political polemics of the early 90s but with greater tranquility came the same greatness of sound with the Manics. The Everlasting grows like no other song and for me has nuanced anthemic qualities with the wonderfully unique guitar solo and last chorus. A true masterpiece
The first time I properly listened to the Manics as a 9 year old kid. Christmas Day 1998 - our parents had bought us a PlayStation to share and we spent much of the day in my older brother’s bedroom playing Actua Soccer, Die Hard Trilogy and Jonah Lomu Rugby with This Is My Truth on loop. I mainly associate this day with The Everlasting as it was the first track that I heard. A simple memory and one I associate with happy times between me and my brother...
On the day my father passed away we were coming away from the hospital and the everlasting came on the radio. Although deeply unhappy I sat and let the amazing lyrics and music wash over me and it made me realize that my dads suffering was over. Whenever I hear the song I smile and remember happier times with my father
The everlasting was always just Track 1 to me....until having been diagnosed with cancer I became tuned in to every word of songs I heard .The Everlasting became that special song that resonates with me and brings me to tears every time I hear it. I’m now 15 years clear and hope that I have many glorious years still on this earth but when I do ‘bow out’ I want this as my anthem. Thank you Manics for a truly beautiful song xx
HEARING THE EVERLASTING FOR THE FIRST TIME GAVE ME ABSOLUTE GOOSEBUMPS, IT MADE ME FEEL EMOTIONAL BUT PROUD OF THE BOYS AS ALWAYS FOR PRODUCING YET ANOTHER MASTERPIECE, AN AMAZING ALBUM. THIS BAND MEAN EVERYTHING. THE TOUR WAS INCREDIBLE AND I HAVE SUCH GREAT MEMORIES FROM IT FIRST TIME AROUND AND I AM EXCITED TO EXPERIENCE IT ALL OVER AGAIN. READY FOR DROWNING, JUST TRULY AMAZING. STAY BEAUTIFUL BOYS XXX
There’s a quiet power to this song; it doesn’t punch you in the face with its meaning, but rather, it makes you look in the mirror and relflect and just think. Lyrically it is striking, and I love its relection of the self and the world we create and live in, and musically it is transcendent and symphonic, both of which create a work timeless in meaning, and I’ve never heard a song that does what “The Everlasting” does
This was the soundtrack to my first year at university after leaving home at 18.. The whole album evokes wonderful memories.. “In the beginning, when we were winning” encapsulates the hope I had in the new chapter in my life..
I was drawn by the album cover so decided to buy and use as part of my playlist for my upcoming travels to Canada/USA that summer. What followed was an unforgettable summer of self discovery with my best friend at the time, the soundtrack to which was this album. Sadly my best friend was killed in 2010 so this album serves as a reminder of care free days before having to grow up in a post 9/11 world. As the opening track, "The Everlasting" sums up this era perfectly for me.
It was a quiet March afternoon... I had already grown up to be a 21 y.o. adult, but still had no idea what to do with my life. I couldn't find any comfort or meaning at all. Maybe, while growing up and trying to fit in, I had forgotten every last thing about myself... And this song just awakened me. It became a revelation, no less. A journey through time and space. I ended up on the verge of the Millenium, when every road seemed to be endless and every breath of fresh air filled me with joy ❤
I remember a kid sitting by the river one spring day, thinking about his friend, who had died of cancer, even though they had promised each other to create a band and write the best song ever. And suddenly there appeared a truly majestic song with gorgeous melody and striking poetry, and everything made sense again, and the kid refused to give up music and found new source of inspiration. Thank you for saving my life!
Always thought there is a magic to MSP's best songs, whch is finding beauty in sadness. This is one of those songs, but with the added twist of the line 'But as people we have a choice /To end the void with all its force', which I love. Also just a gorgeous tune.