For Tomorrow (4:20)

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For Tomorrow was written by Damon Albarn at his parents house in the opening hours of Christmas Day 1992 When Blur submitted the new album to their label a couple of weeks prior, it was told it was poor and had no single material on it. Albarn therefore wrote this song, which became the lead off single in April 1993. This song has often been cited as the birth of Britpop, as Blur adopted a very British sound and image following a disastrous second tour of America in 1992. At a time where grunge was supreme, nobody was interested in much else and thus it is not surprising the song stalled at #28 in the charts.

However the song has gained much popularity since- the extended version was chosen on the band’s best of album, was selected in the Top 15 songs about London by Time Out magazine, and MOJO included it in their ‘50 Greatest British tracks ever’ list.
Its popularity is best shown by the landmark on Primrose Hill, a north London hill that overlooks the city. There, in 1993, an Australian woman and her boyfriend wrote the lyrics “and the views so nice” from this song on a path just short of the top of the hill; they remain there to this day, and are an enduring reminder of the romance of the song.


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He's a twentieth century boy
With his hands on the rails
Trying not to be sick again
And holding on for tomorrow

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