I'm Not Satisfied

Album: What the World Needs Now… (2015)

Songfacts®:

  • On this song, PiL lead singer John Lydon revisits a frightening time in his youth when he contracted meningitis. He was just seven years old when he developed the condition, which destroyed his memory so that he couldn't even recognize his own parents.

    Coming out of his coma, he didn't know who he was, but he knew he was wanted and cared for. That feeling, tinged with the uncertainty and frustration that came with his memory loss, stuck with him and informed his songwriting throughout his career as frontman for the Sex Pistols and PiL. In many ways, his bout with meningitis strengthened his resolve. "It's constantly running in my mind throughout my life, and I won't be satisfied for second best," he said in his Songfacts interview.

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