Jack Flanagan – Why Am I Only Here
Rides The Sky is Jack Flanagan‘s emotional and confessional rebirth debut record and the track Why Am I Only Here reverts to sunset-sheened guitar harmonies, breezing between the tones of Big Star and Gene Clark. Why Am I Only Here, co-written with his friend Martin, who plays guitar with Spiritualized, tells a story of each of them of being in stasis. Martin was due in the studio for a session with Flanagan, but having started his day with a joint, he arrived late, telling Flanagan he’d gotten to the end of his street and felt like he’d been walking for hours, and his only thought was ‘Why am I only here?’ Hearing the phrase, Flanagan told Martin they had to write a song with that title there and then. “At the time I was splitting up with the mother of my kid, so I wrote the first half, which is this very personal message to her, and then he wrote the end, which is about him smoking too much weed and not realising where he was!” – Line of Best Fit.