"No Surface All Feeling" as written by and Bradfield/jones/moore....
Embarrassed, possessed and so uncivilised
Just take a look at the whites of my eyes
See me now and I will apologise
For me for you we knew they were lies

It makes me angry ashamed but really alive
It may have worked but at what price
What's the point in always looking back
When all you see is more and more junk

It was no surface but all feeling
Maybe at the time it felt like dreaming

Maybe richer maybe wiser
Seems so easy to not go too far
Beg me to stop hate my face I know
Tell me forever just to go

Just one thing before I get to sleep
Nothing here but the stains on my teeth
No not blood just liquid from you
I only wish it was the truth

Feel the guilt of a sinner feel the cold of a winter
It was no surface but all feeling
Maybe at the time it felt like dreaming

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"No Surface All Feeling" as written by Nicholas Jones James Bradfield

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    General CommentThis song is more about Richey and Nicky's friendship than Edward's disappearance. Wire acknowledges here that they bonded so closely through their sickness (Wire's liver disease, Richey's depression) and wrote hoards of material together picking apart the world over a bottle of wine and reinforcing each other's somewhat bleak viewpoints. They had a rare love for each other that was indeed no surface... Wire once commented that what he and Richey missed out on was a 'normal' friendship just being mates and goofing around - they didn't have the opportunity to as one or bother were often in hospital or recovering or writing albums like "The Holy Bible". This song beautifully recalls the intensity of their bond, one of which only an certain extremes can create.
    lateleighon December 15, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA lot. I really like it. Especially the chords at the beginning.
    bob123on January 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't know what it's about.
    festijunkon September 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeautiful song. Amazing live.

    One of my favourite Manics songs
    cherry_blossomon January 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me, this is an apology from Nicky to Richey. Nicky feels guilty for not helping Richey with his problems. Beautiful.
    markalexanderon May 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIT is a beautiful song... Love it somuch...
    Iowa $evenon April 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis always make me think of someone talking pish (rubbish)

    "No not blood just liquid from you
    I only wish it was the truth"

    Anyway my favourite line is:

    "What's the point in always looking back
    When all you see is more and more junk"

    I go along with these sentiments!
    Onlineon November 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI also believed this was about Richey, but Nicky said this was one of the first songs he wrote for the album, before Richey disappeared. He claimed it's really about his friends growing apart as they started families.
    cmp744on December 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentEven if it is about them growing apart "his friends" could probably be something to do with Richey, even before he disappeared
    latristessedureraon April 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAt the Manics' recent Melbourne gig, Nicky was talking before the song, and he said it was for Richey. I don't know whether that means he wrote it for Richey in the first place, but it was certainly dedicated to him that night. It made the already-melancholy lyrics even sadder for me.
    icedgreenteaon December 14, 2010   Link

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