The Impossible Idea

Album: A Kind Revolution (2017)
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Songfacts®:

  • Paul Weller closes his A Kind Revolution album with this Broadway-esque number. The ex-Jam frontman suggested to the BBC, "it's like a German beer hall song but with a sort of French chanson feel to it too."
  • The rousing chorus finds Weller questioning aloud the very purpose of everything he has been doing during his long musical career.

    "It's me writing about myself as a writer," he clarified to Q magazine. "I still have this mad, impossible idea that music can make a difference, even if being much older I now realise one song isn't gonna change the world. But when I was younger I definitely did. I'd think, This song's gonna start a revolution.' Which was the right attitude to have when you're young."

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