Here is some background information on "The Everlasting from Songfacts.com: The second single from The Manic Street Preachers' 1998 album This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours found bassist and lyricist Nicky Wire struggling to come up with a good title. After spending some time trying to think of something similar to Blur's "The Universal" or Joy Division's "The Eternal," he eventually borrowed from a poem by his brother Patrick Jones titled "The Everlasting."
The gap that grows between our lives
The gap our parents never had
Stop those thoughts control your mind
Replace the things that you despise