Oasis

As one of the biggest and best songs of the 1990s, "Wonderwall" by Oasis will go down in history as one of the best UK singles of all time. Therefore, it was a treat to witness Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher put all of his negativity and controversy aside for his performance of the epic song at the Summer Olympics closing ceremony. As we were watching, we thought to ourselves: just what does this song really mean? We #decoded one of the best songs of all time to find out...

Today is gonna be the day that they're gonna throw it back to you
By now you shoulda, somehow, realized what you gotta do
I don't believe that anybody feels the way I do about you now


Already, we know we're getting into a deep song by the first part of the song. The narrator is singing to his love interest, letting her know that even though people might turn against her, she needs to hold her ground, and he will support her no matter what.

Back beat, the word is on the street that the fire in your heart is out
I'm sure you've heard it all before but you never really had a doubt
I don't believe that anybody feels the way I do about you now


The "fire in her heart", aka her life's energy, has been put out by people not believing in her. It's not a new thing for her to be feeling this way, but again, the narrator lets her know he feels positively for her (since everyone else seems to be against her) to help her keep going.

And all the roads we have to walk are winding
And all the lights that lead us there are blinding
There are many things that I would like to say to you
But I don't know how


The narrator tells her that the path of life is a windy one, with lots of unexpected turns that you cannot control. You can also be overwhelmed by the lights that lead you to inner peace. He wants to tell her he loves her so much, but he doesn't know how because she is so fragile.

Because maybe
You're gonna be the one that saves me
And after all
You're my wonderwall


Even though he appears to be saving her with all of his advice, in reality, the girl in question is also saving him because he simply loves her. She's his wonderwall (which is, according to Oasis, "an imaginary friend who's gonna come and save you from yourself").

Today was gonna be the day but they'll never throw it back to you
By now you shoulda, somehow, realized what you're not to do


This is a slight variation on the song's first verse. Now, she's being thrown messages about what and what not to do!

I said maybe
You're gonna be the one that saves me
You're gonna be the one that saves me
You're gonna be the one that saves me


Again, even though the narrator is offering so much advice in the song about how life is hard but we must get through it, he needs to be saved too, and the only one who can do it is his "wonderwall".

Do you have a different idea about what the song means? Let us know!