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Oasis - Don't Look Back in Anger - Lyrics Meaning

Beatles' guitarist John Lennon provided much of the inspiration for the Oasis hit "Don't Look Back in Anger." The song, which instructs its listeners to stop dwelling on the past and instead focus on the present, was the forth single from (What's the Story) Morning Glory? and the band's second to hit the top on the UK Singles Chart. It was also the first Oasis single that featured Noel Gallagher singing the lead vocals instead of his brother, Liam. The influence of Lennon's "Imagine" can be heard in the piano that opens the track, and the line "So I'll start a revolution from my bed / `cause you said the brains I had went to my head" came from a recording of Lennon's memoirs that was stolen from the Dakota Hotel in New York City. It almost certainly refers to Lennon and Yoko Ono's "bed-ins" in 1969, non-violent war protests that the pair staged to promote peace. Some fans believe that the name Sally, which appears in the song, is a reference to "Sally Cinnamon," a song by The Stone Roses. When asked about it, however, Noel said he had never considered that. Sally was just a random name he'd chosen.

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