In honor of my last day of high school, I decided to bring this song to light.
This isn’t the first time we’ve covered Wilco, having previously discussed the awesomeness that is “Impossible Germany”. This song, like “Impossible Germany”, is also from the amazing Sky Blue Sky album, and sort of like “Impossible Germany”, “On and On and On” features a Nels Cline guitar solo.
However, it’s a much more bittersweet song than “Germany” (if that were at all possible – it’s one of the few songs that makes me want to smile and cry at the same time), both melodically (with an almost haunting piano chord progression) and lyrically (“Please don’t cry/We’re designed to die”). I think it celebrates high school graduation quite well.
So let us enjoy the final song of Sky Blue Sky, with Wilco’s “On and On and On”…