"Live Forever" as written by and Noel Gallagher....
Maybe I don't really wanna know
How your garden grows cos I just want to fly
Lately, did you ever feel the pain?
In the morning rain as it soaks you to the bone

Maybe I just want to fly I want to live I don't want to die
Maybe I just want to breathe maybe I just don't believe
Maybe you're the same as me we see things they'll never see you and I
were gonna live forever

I said maybe I don't really wanna know
How your garden grows cos I just want to fly
Lately, did you ever feel the pain?
In the morning rain as it soaks you to the bone

Maybe I will never be all the things that I want to be
But now is not the time to cry now's the time to find out why
I think you're the same as me we see things they'll never see you and I
We're gonna live forever

Maybe I don't really wanna know
How your garden grows cos I just want to fly
Lately, did you ever feel the pain?
In the morning rain as it soaks you to the bone

Maybe I just want to fly I want to live I don't want to die
Maybe I just want to breathe maybe I just don't believe
Maybe you're the same as me we see things they'll never see you and I
You and I are gonna live forever
We're gonna live forever

Gonna live forever
Gonna live forever
Gonna live forever
Gonna live forever
Gonna live forever


Lyrics submitted by deathchurch

"Live Forever" as written by Billy Joe Shaver Eddy (john Edwin) Shaver

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +7
    General CommentThis is probably my favourite Oasis song. I think it's about the immortality of music idols and how even if they do physically die, their presence and influence is able to be seen everywhere. That's what I got from the video clip anyway, and assumed that the brothers were (rightly) talking about themselves in this way. It's could also be about how people close to you are in your mind, immortal, and how you never want to come to saying a final goodbye to them.
    enolaon July 09, 2002   Link
  • +6
    General CommentThis song is about idolizing someone, or having a dream, then realizing you may never live up to your hero or accomplish your dream, but understanding that you'll never get anywhere if you don't atleast try to.
    In this song, Noel is talking to 3 people:
    his Mother
    his Audience
    and his Hero

    "Maybe I don't really wanna' know how your garden grows"
    Noel Gallagher's mother had a garden that she would tend to day after day after day, and her
    garden symbolizes a dead end life, working 9-5 everyday with no dreams
    of going anywhere. Noel follows that up with:

    "Because I just wanna fly"
    Noel doesn't want to hear about his mothers garden, or live her life, because he has a dream and he wants to "fly,"
    or live out his dream and do something with his life.

    The next part of the song, Noel is talking to his audience, and asking them a question.

    "Lately, did you ever feel the pain? In the morning rain? As it soaks you to the bone?"
    Basically what he's asking is, have you ever sat down and realized what he has realized? The morning rain symbolizes depression, or coming to a stunning conclusion
    that maybe your life isn't going anywhere, and letting it all soak in.

    "Well maybe I just wanna' fly, I wanna' live, I don't wanna' die"
    Noel says that he doesn't want to live a dead end life, he wants to fly, and live out his dream.

    "Maybe I just wanna' breath, but maybe I just don't believe"
    Noel wants to live that dream, but he's saying he doesn't really believe that he can do it.

    This part of the song, Noel is talking to his hero (John Lennon).

    "Maybe you're the same as me, and we'll see things they'll never see"
    Noel is relating himself to his hero, and saying that no one will ever understand how they both feel.

    "You and I are gonna' live forever"
    Methaphorically speaking, the things that Noel dreams of doing, and what his hero has done, are going to live on forever.

    "Maybe I will never be all the things that I'd like to be"
    speaks for itself.

    "But now is not the time to cry, nows the time to find out why"
    Nows not the time to soak in the morning rain, and fall into a dead end life, nows the time to realize your dream

    "Maybe you're the same as me, we see things they'll never see. You and I are gonna Live Forever."

    When Noel wrote this song, he was construction worker, living a verry dull and unfullfilling life. He saw how his family was, and what he was becoming, and he decided
    to take a chance, and write a song like his hero John Lennon did. He decided to jump off the branch as birds do when they learn how to fly, obviously it worked for him.
    Live Forever is a reminder to everyone who felt like him, that you just have to realize your dream, and take a chance at it, or else you'll be tending to a garden
    day after day, with nothing to live for.


    Wilson0692on January 31, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIn the documentary Live Forever, Noel discussed that the song was about growing up in a lower class and about resisting, as debaser2002 mentioned, the 'i want to kill myself attitude'. It has a similar, although much more subtly said meaning as the Pulp's 'Common People' where these people are focussed on day to day living, and don't care 'how your garden grows'

    Read this lyrics, and it is pretty evident... i think:

    Maybe I don't really want to know
    How your garden grows
    I just want to fly
    Lately did you ever feel the pain
    In the morning rain
    As it soaks it to the bone
    Maybe I just want to fly
    I want to live I don't want to die
    Maybe I just want to breath
    Maybe I just don't believe
    podson October 04, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commentfor all u people out there that see oasis as betles rip offs open your eyes, oasis are the best band of the past couple of decades. of course they arn't as good as the beatles but they aren't far off and some of their songs are better than the beatles, for example; slide away, stand by me, LIVEFORVER etc.
    salty1690on March 19, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOasis sound very different from the beatles. They've got influences like the Sex Pistols and stuff. There first two albums were as good as the Beatles first two. Inbetween In Utero and Californication they were the best band in the world. I think what he 'doesn't believe' is all the people who tell you to stay between the lines and to live the way society wants.
    chocolateon March 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBrilliant as this song is, the demo version's much better - it's got a really acoustic intro over the drums, then Liam's voice kicks in. Really mellow.
    Styluson August 17, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLet us not forget that in someway or another every band stops off at the beatles airport. Im a beatles fanatic, own every album(UK version) and have studied and taken a class in college on the beatles. Oasis are just like bruce springsteen, green day and nirvana. Kirk Kobain was a huge beatles fan. Im also a huge oasis fan and i can't wait until i see them in Md in september. They may not have changed the world like the beatles did, but dammit, they are a great band and live forever should always be in any top 25 countdown, though american media dismiss anything but wonderwall.
    brighteyes_85on April 13, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA horticulturist on LSD seriously considering retirement? 'maybe i dont really wanna know how your'e garden grows, cos i just wanna fly' Asong that'll stand the test of time decade after decade.
    GangOfSinon May 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI came here to write about this song but Wilson0692's comment on the previous page summed up everything I wanted to say.

    It's about someone who wants to live life and go after their dreams. Someone who tires to escape a mundane life. A masterpiece written by Noel.
    Hitman316on May 25, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust a beautiful song.. Again, Noel-sung live/acoustic version is the best.
    infidelon April 09, 2002   Link

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