"Slide Show" as written by and Francis Healy....
Today is the day
For dancing and for singing
The birds in the trees and all
The bells are ringing
The sun is in the sky
Is bright as bright second light
Is bright oh god I hope I'm alright

Cause I'm gonna cry
Hold on, hold on
Slow down, slow down
You're out of touch
Out of touch
'Cause there is no design for life
There's no devil's haircut in my mind
There is not a wonder wall to climb
To climb or step around
But there is a slide show and it's so slow
Flashing through my mind

Today was the day
But only for the first time
Hold on, hold on
Slow down, slow down
You're out of touch
Out of touch

'Cause there is no design for life
There is no devil's haircut in your mind
There is not a wonder wall
To climb or step around
But there is a sideshow and it's so slow
Flashing through my mind

Today was the day
But only for the first time
I hope it's not the last time


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"Slide Show" as written by Francis Healy

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    General CommentStellar song from "The Man Who" album. Fran wakes up and realizes he is not just a piece in the puzzle, he is the puzzle. He realizes the solution to the puzzle will not come from a moment of instant pleasure provided by Beck or Oasis, but by dancing and singing under a sunny sky. To me this song means that the possibilities of the future are more than the image we have created in the past - people must learn to disassociate themselves from who they have become, and instead choose to be who they want to be. To find your true self there is nothing greater than self-reflection and living each moment with passion.
    tubesockson May 22, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti absolutely love this song and im so glad its been forsakken from commercialisation. i think fran is such a great song writer.
    *purple glitter*on July 02, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is definatly awsome. its a pity invisible band did not live up to the man who. i b is a bland album whereas t m w is one of the best albums i own good feeling rocks though
    letters_to_no_oneon September 23, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love this song.. its the kinda song you listen to late at night when your drunk and cant sleep, and have stuff on your mind, so pretty
    xxfallenangelxxon October 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about how hearing different songs i.e. a design for life (manic street preachers), wonderwall (oasis) etc, reminds Fran of various points in his life. He is saying that the memories he has when hearing these songs are what counts more than the actual song itself. Hence the chorus - there is no................but there is a slide show. The genius behind this song is it's simplicity. It's something eveyone can relate to.
    jlwrigh3on December 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is really cool. they performed it live last weekend when i saw them. i really like the way they mention other artists songs (Oasis, Beck and the Manics).

    ironically, this is the second time on the "The Man Who" you will hear a reference to "Wonderwall". in the song "Writing to Reach You", as well as using practically the same riff, the lyrics also state "..and what's a 'wonderwall' anyway?".
    J_a_c_kon July 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFirstly, the lyrics are wrong. It's "There is no desire for life", not design.

    I think it's about depression. The first verse shows how everything is supposed to be, happy & joyful etc. Then it goes on to say how he is about to cry, showing that he isn't happy himself.

    No desire for life is fairly self explanatory, saying that there's no wonderwall to climb or step around is all about the despair that depression sufferers feel, and the slow slideshow is how he feels about the life he lives. Bland and meaningless.
    NSikyon September 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about depression.
    The first verse makes me think this because it starts off all sunny and then says "cause i'm gonna cry" showing that although there is nothing wrong in the world he's still not happy with life.
    I think it's about not having a direction in life and the slideshow is just his life - the present - floating past him and not having much of an impact.
    Becka_on November 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNSiky - it is 'design for life'. Wonderwall and Devil's Haircut, as I'm sure you know, are two songs (by oasis and beck respectively) and design for life is a manic street preachers song, so it fits very well.
    Masterdogon December 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't know about you lot, but I think this is an optimistic song. He is crying because he is so happy, he is just questioning if that is normal. The slide show are those happy images and great moments that stay with you forever. That is why at the end Fran says "I hope it's not the last time". It is his first moment of joy, taking pleasure in the mundane things not always hoping and waiting for one defining moment (i.e. a big hit song) or what they describe.

    Awesome song and album too!! such easy listening
    tiggeralon April 24, 2009   Link

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