I just wrote a huge essay for this, but then I accidentally deleted my progress. So fuck it. The song is epic and the lyrics are great, touching on the tragic story of the town Capel Ceyln. I know that was vague, but I'm tired and I don't want to rewrite what I just deleted so sod it.
In 1998 my marriage was over and me and my two little sons were on our own. Each night I listened to "THIS IS MY TRUTH TELL ME YOURS". And it carried me through the dark time.
This album is truly a life-defining album for me. Aged 16, it introduced me to the poetry of RS Thomas, which in turn led to my discovery of Welsh writing in English. Although I went to school in Wales, we didn't study this literature. I ended up studying a Masters and a Doctorate in Wales's English language literature at Swansea University, and it's in part thanks to the Manics. I'm lucky to have had the chance to tell Nicky and James this story. Diolch!
From Mr Carbohydrate to Mr Cale. A defiant song on a defiant record by a defiant band. Thank you.
C#m>C>G>Em. There you have perfect balance. Sadness. Then liberation. For me, this album walks the line. The major-minor is both ferociously and delicately executed. And the chording and melody majestic and unique to this great band.
I used to fall asleep listening to this album on cd. This song always reminds me of my brother who was also a big fan. He has since passed so listening to this album with all it’s beautiful songs always brings me joy but also sadness.
I am held hostage by myself. I am trapped by me. I long to be free, with the keys in my hand.
This Is My Truth is the first Manics album I bought, coming out just as I got to an album-buying age. It was exactly what I needed. Those four tenets of culture, alienation, boredom and despair, beautifully conveyed to a teenager who was struggling with what each of those things would mean for her. Truth informed, educated and soothed me. You can't ask more of an album than that.
I can't pick a favourite from this album, but Ready for Drowning is definitely one of them. To me it sums up the world today, as we wander off into an Apocalypse of our own creating, not really sure whether it's too late to start waving or not...
Beautiful defeatist, John Cale
The lads played the Prince Of Wales in St Kilda. Gave it the whole hog mogg ....life changing gig. The Band were loving playing a ‘pub’ gig and it was pure joy for those lucky to witness it. The photo is Mr Wire’s set list given to me from the stage at the conclusion of the gig 🏴🤘🏼
Whilst being aware of the Capel Celyn story behind this beautiful song, for me it sums up the human struggle, the very dichotomy of life itself. The Manics do this so poignantly time and again, never more gorgeously than here. Fascinated by good, destroyed by evil... But we are not ready for drowning. ❤❤❤
Fascinated by good, destroyed by evil; what is there to believe in?
This is a deep and very personal truth for me but this album has kept me safe. It is an album I turn to when feeling bad, I've had severe depression on and off since I was a teen, and one particular period of awfulness had me suicidal with it. Due to being very worn and tired physically and mentally I had no strength to fully act on it. Instead with a head full of horrible taunting me to self destruct I instead hid away in bed with this album on. Soothing and comforting. It just fits.
This is the album which basically sealed the deal for me! Aged 13 (I'd already discovered the band 2 years prior when they released EMG), I bought the album (with my pocket money) and, that was it, they were officially my favourite band (and still are 20+ years later)! To be honest, choosing a favourite track off this album is like asking me which one of my kids I love the most but, I pick Ready For Drowning. When i hear the organ, it sends shivers down my spine, it is so hauntingly beautiful!
I first heard this album when in the throes of depression. This song "Ready For Drowning" spoke to me as I could feel the water lapping around my neck, but wasn't ready to go under quite yet. As a bonus, I have always loved the Stevie Smith poem (see my twitter handle) and to have that as the last line was just perfect.
One of my earliest musical Memories was listening to ready for drowning on my bed.. i loved it. I couldn’t tell you why I loved it. It was very instinctive and sounded very welsh. It resonated with me. This album is by far their biggest push for greatness and they succeeded. I loved the manics ever since
Always been intrested in Cofiwch Dryweryn and drowning of Capel Celyn actually spray painted Free Wales Army top of the black rock in Brynmawr Just love this song with all my heart and now the rehearsal version is just so raw adore it
The first time I heard "ready for drowning" my jaw hit the floor.... 20 years on and it still blows me away with each listen.. it's an absolutely incredible song
This is the song that stands out for me, made all the more poignant by a trip to Bala a few years later. This era for me was the first time I saw the manics live, supported by Catatonia. Receiving my copy of the album brought all those memories flooding back.
Ready for Drowning has the most emotional significance for me, as it got me through a very hard time I went through in University. I ended up getting "Not Ready for Drowning" incorporated into a rose tattoo on my arm. Plus, I always like a good Historical Manics song. <3
Never heard a better manics song in all my years of being a fan. The riffs, the lyrics and the delivery. A phenomenal song and stand out track on a game changing album