"Wonderwall" as written by and Noel Gallagher....
Today is gonna be the day
That they're gonna throw it back to you
By now you should've somehow
Realized what you gotta do
I don't believe that anybody
Feels the way I do, about you now

Back beat, the word was on the street
That the fire in your heart is out
I'm sure you've heard it all before
But you never really had a doubt
I don't believe that anybody
Feels the way I do about you now

And all the roads we have to walk are winding
And all the lights that lead us there 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

Today was gonna be the day
But they'll never throw it back to you
By now you should've somehow
Realized what you're not to do
I don't believe that anybody
Feels the way I do, about you now

And all the roads that lead you there are winding
And all the lights that light the way are blinding
There are many things that I
Would like to say to you but I don't know how

I said maybe, you're gonna be the one that saves me
And after all, you're my wonderwall

I said maybe, you're gonna be the one that saves me
And after all, you're my wonderwall

I said maybe, you're gonna be the one that saves me
You're gonna be the one that saves me
You're gonna be the one that saves me


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"Wonderwall" as written by Noel Gallagher

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  • +14
    Song MeaningThe word "wonderwall" means "the person you constantly find yourself thinking about". This song is simply about the feelings human beings get when they experience the initial stages of love and infatuation (limerence). It describes the volleying between euphoria and agony that a crush can make you feel.

    In other words, the song "Wonderwall" is basically about the butterflies you get in your stomach when your crush walks into the room and the thoughts that stem from those feelings.

    "Today is gonna be the day
    That they're gonna throw it back to you"
    > He's saying today is your opportunity to express your love. You're going to be in the presence of your secret crush, and you better make your move.

    "By now you should've somehow
    Realized what you gotta do"
    >He's saying that it's obvious you need to approach your crush and tell them how you feel. There's no other way. Silence leads to nothing. This, of course, is much easier said than done, due to fear of rejection.

    "I don't believe that anybody
    Feels the way I do, about you now"
    >He's saying that nobody else in the world could possibly have stronger feelings toward this person at this exact moment in time. His crush is the only thing that's on his mind. From the moment he wakes up until he goes to sleep. He's infatuated with his crush.

    "Back beat, the word was on the street
    That the fire in your heart is out"
    >His crush has been hurt so badly by relationships in the past, that he fears cynicism will ruin his odds at casting the spell that will capture his crush's heart.

    "I'm sure you've heard it all before
    But you never really had a doubt"
    >He's certain his crush has been through it all in the past. She's entered relationships without second guessing and has been hurt because of it. He's afraid that this will scare her away from him.

    "I don't believe that anybody
    Feels the way I do about you now"
    >He's saying that nobody else in the world could possibly have stronger feelings toward this person at this exact moment in time. His crush is the only thing that's on his mind. From the moment he wakes up until he goes to sleep. He's infatuated with his crush.

    "And all the roads we have to walk are winding
    And all the lights that lead us there are blinding"
    >Relationships are so complicated and hard to obtain and maintain

    "There are many things that I
    Would like to say to you but I don't know how"
    >He means exactly what is stated. He has so many things to say to his crush but is afraid to open his mouth and express his feelings because he fears rejection.

    "Because maybe, you're gonna be the one that saves me
    And after all, you're my wonderwall"
    >It is possible that getting into a relationship with his crush will cure his loneliness and sadness and make him truly happy.

    "Today was gonna be the day
    But they'll never throw it back to you"
    >In retrospect, he missed his opportunity to express his love. He remained silent and the opportunity to show his love is now gone. It's too late.

    "By now you should've somehow
    Realized what you're not to do'
    >In retrospect, he realizes remaining silent and holding his feelings inside was the wrong thing to do, because now he is left wondering what could have been and it kills him inside.

    "I don't believe that anybody
    Feels the way I do, about you now"
    >Still, he does not believe it is possible for anyone else on the planet to love her as much as he does, even though he was to scared of rejection to express his feelings.

    "And all the roads that lead you there are winding
    And all the lights that light the way are blinding"
    >Relationships are so complicated and hard to obtain and maintain.

    "There are many things that I
    Would like to say to you but I don't know how"
    >He means exactly what is stated. He has so many things to say to his crush but is afraid to open his mouth because he fears rejection.

    "I said maybe, you're gonna be the one that saves me
    And after all, you're my wonderwall"
    >It is still possible that getting into a relationship with his crush will cure his loneliness and sadness and make him truly happy.

    "I said maybe, you're gonna be the one that saves me
    And after all, you're my wonderwall"
    >It is still possible that getting into a relationship with his crush will cure his loneliness and sadness and make him truly happy.

    "I said maybe, you're gonna be the one that saves me
    You're gonna be the one that saves me
    You're gonna be the one that saves me"
    >He's now simply holding on to the fantasy that him and his crush will one day be together.
    RpRp0on December 28, 2012   Link
  • +7
    General CommentThis song is about unselfish love. here is this girl, which for whatever reason (disfunctional famileis, abusive boyfreind, undecisive feelings or all of the above), cannot be with this guy. the guy is obviously crazy about her. no doubt, her not being with him is causing pain. through the line "your gonna be the one that saves me" we learn that he too struggles from problems of his own. yet he is putting the girl in front of himself. he is saying "you have prblms too and i refuse to be selfish and demand your time." to ease her pain (and his too i'm sure) he says 'all the roads we have to walk are winding, and all the lights that lead us there are blinding" suggesting it is not her fault. with so many obstacles in life, no one can be expected to be perfect. yet in the midst of her imperfection (and his) he loves her. and he will continue to wait for her. in the hopes that she will save him from his breaking heart, his disfunctional family, his abusive friends and/or all of the above. only one problem, we all know Jesus is the only one capable of this love. therefore, to ask that much from a person is insane. however, the attempts are sweet and the message strong. UnSelfish love. Real love. good stuff. -amy
    by the way: lets hear it for the man up stairs, plus five to Him.
    irisheyes4683on June 20, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI just like the lyric, "there are many things that i would like to say to you, but i don't know how." Isn't that the point of this web-site, to look at the lyrics, not to argue about which is less shite, the Beatles or Oasis.
    Vinceon January 31, 2002   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationFirstly, before I get flamed, let me say I really like this song...but for a long time, I always felt like the lyrics were sort of half-a$$ed and thrown together, because as a whole, they didn't really seem to agree with each other. Sure, you can take a piece here and there, but as a songwriter myself, that would greatly offend me. My song should be taken in its entirety in order for the meaning to make sense. But today I had an epiphany and I think I have it...see, the pieces of the lyrics make sense by themselves, but as whole, it seemed to fall short...

    "today is gonna be the day that they're gonna throw it back to you, by now you shoulda somehow realized what you gotta to do"
    makes it sound like she (we'll say she) has a tough decision she's gonna make and will take a lot of criticism for it

    then "I don't believe that anybody feels the way I do about you now" a little weird to throw basically i love you in there, but possibly just giving his encouragement

    "back beat, the word is on the street that the fire in your heart is out, I'm sure you heard it all before but you never really had a doubt" maybe this is part of that criticism she's supposed to endure

    then the roads and light thing is pretty self explanatory...there's a long path up ahead and it's filled with twist and turns and obstacles

    then out of nowhere, it busts out with the love thing again

    "there are many things that I would like to say to you, but i don't know how"

    and then the (chorus)

    so it starts out sounding like an encouragement song, and then switching who needs the encouragement/saving...

    lastly it comes back to the original verse but makes it past tense, and implies she didn't do it, hence "was" and no criticism

    you could infer that the decision was she was going to leave him, but who would criticize her for that, except him...then maybe the decision was to stay with him, and if he needs saving, he's prob a loser so she would take much criticism...BUT if we follow this logic, then at the end she leaves him and I don't think that's it...

    Which brings me to the fact that Noel flat out said the song was not about his girl, but an imaginary friend. Thus a figment of his imagination, essentially himself. The decision was suicide, he was contemplating it, discussing it with himself, and at the end he doesn't do it. It all makes sense...fire being out, means he's lost the will to live and it's obvious, the next line either means he's heard all the "don't do it" speeches, but he's pretty set on doing it, or he's heard everyone's criticism of him but there's no doubt that it's the world that is screwed up so he's done trying..."I don't believe that anybody feels the way I do about you now" can be taken as no one understands him, and at the end it takes on a different meaning, as no one knows how amazing he is (sounds kinda fruity, but when you're that low, you kinda need to think that or you're done)...the "there are many things I would like to say to you, but I don't know how" is he knows he shouldn't do it, but doesn't know how to convince himself, later it could mean, there are still many things he needs to figure out...the last bridge, says "roads were winding" instead of "are", meaning he persevered, but then the rest of the bridge is "are" still, and since the chorus repeats "save me" this implies he's not out of the woods yet, but he passed that intersection unscathed...perhaps I'm giving the writer too much credit, but when I write a song, I take a great deal in painstakingly making sure it is a cohesive message. I would think and hope that Noel has done the same. In which case, this is the only interpretation that doesn't have one of the other lines tear it apart. thanks for reading...
    sword26on September 14, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song def. brings back memories of 95 when it came out, i remember singing this song to some girl at the beach, she was my wonderwall and my summer fling. i wonder what happened to her? hey girls out there, if you've ever been to Oc, NJ and had a summer fling way back in like 8th grade it was me!!!! ha ha!
    LiveUrLifeon May 02, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti figure it means that when finding someone you truely care about, it's not always easy and you've got to be careful when with this person cause you might lose them. also that relationships can be confusing and hard to determine.
    Neroon October 13, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment^oh yeah, your cool.
    auberginedreams09on July 29, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti love oasis, but i find this song overrated.
    MCRfanaticon November 19, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationAbout it's meaning, I have to say this song is referred to Liam on a large part. In "Live Forever, the ups and downs of britpop", Bonehead and Guigsy said it's about Noel's gf. But I never believe them. Noel's lyrics are always obscure and sophiscated. what they convey is a very complicated feeling, from a complicated relationship. No one is related to Noel as such, except Liam.
    There are qoutes supporting my point, though I cannot recite them for now.
    oct71952on May 09, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWonderwall is one of Noel Gallagher’s most important and personal songs, and his evasiveness over the years in explaining it (the right of any artist, imho), exposes the song to a lot of interpretations. Despite what he said, Noel did indeed write this song to a real person: Paul McCartney, but it was the friendship at that point in his life that was imaginary, not the person. The film “Wonderwall”, which I will discuss shortly, gave him the pretext at a superficial meaning of speaking about Meg, his wife at the time. But the only way you could conclude it was written to her is if you didn’t understand what “wonderwall” really means, or the context of Oasis in ’93 being heralded as the next Beatles, or Noel being placed in the Paul McCartney typecast alongside Liam cast as Lennon. The song was written prior to Noel and Paul becoming well acquainted and having a real relationship, as happened throughout the mid-late 1990’s. At this early stage Paul was Noel’s wonderwall in fantasy and he sensed that Paul’s experience with fame and Lennon and the conflicts and ennui that played out served as a model for the identity crisis that he was facing after the hugely successful Definitely Maybe album and the stormy relationship with Liam in his own life.

    The Movie, “Wonderwall” (1968) is about an aging, absent-minded biologist named Collins who has spent a lifetime peering through the small aperture of a microscope. Then, a young model named Penny Lane moves in next door. One night he sees a ray of light coming from the wall in his darkened flat and discovers a peephole into which he can observe Penny’s apartment. Peering through this aperture opens a completely fantastic and alien world of sex, drugs, psychedelia, and of course Penny naked. Collins gradually withdraws further and further into the wonderwall; or perhaps with a different perspective, allows his mind to expand into this new universe untethered by “ego” or “reality”. As he begins to drill more peepholes, and his observations become increasingly more fantastic and psychedelic. The act of observing another life unobserved by the subject (similar to the relationship of artists to their fans) has become transformational- it’s not really just about his love interest in Penny anymore- the wonderwall opens up an entirely new reality where none of the banality or limitation of actual life applies.

    Noel’s wonderwall is music, and his Penny Lane is Paul McCartney. He has spent his whole life peering into the light coming through the aperture of media- his observations of his hero living a public life. Through music Noel is having an imaginary dialogue with Paul. The relationship of the speakers is that of mentor/role model and student. Noel is struggling internally with the idea that songwriting and performance has nothing to do with artistic authenticity- it’s just acting and burlesque to the Collins’ of the world- the word on the street. Noel wishes Paul would respond to criticism of his later work by producing new great material but that's a bit ironic if satisfying the masses means being inauthentic to one's artistic self.

    (There is also another subtext I've heard that Noel may believe that Paul is actually William Campbell, and that it's time to come clean about it, but that's another thing entirely, and if true, it still fits with the song as laid out here. I don't really have a comment on PID theories)

    Noel is living in both worlds right at the time of the songwriting: like Collins did at his wonderwall- and Noel feels himself being drawn into the same vortex of alternate reality now that he has been crowned “the next Paul”, and he’s scared he’ll follow Paul’s road. He’s met the real Paul, and so he has to square his fantasy version to a new reality- one which ultimately will help him define his own artistic identity. But the dialogue from Noel's perspective is still internal- the Paul inside his head is not the real Paul.

    The dialogue’s subtext is that of disenchantment. You can almost hear Noel saying “Paul, you’re the greatest singer songwriter of the 20th century and it’s been 25 years since you put out a decent album. Buck up man, because people are saying you’re soft, and I’m afraid if I follow your steps I’ll get the same. But ultimately if it’s a road I must follow, maybe by continuing to place my faith I’ll ultimately save myself from what happened to you and John. If I go off the path now, I’m lost: since everything I am, I learned from you peering through the Wonderwall.
    dblentendron December 13, 2012   Link

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