Song of the Day: “You Never Know”


Wilco’s long career, beginning all the way back in 1994, has taken a lot of twists and turns. The band’s identity has morphed at least a few times along the way, but the first single from their eponymous seventh studio album reached number one on the Billboard Triple A chart in 2009. The single, titled “You Never Know,” seems to shrug its shoulders at pessimists and doom-and-gloom-sayers, making a decisive gesture in the process towards a more uplifting vision. This lyrical message is supported by smooth background vocals, tasteful piano accents, and a George Harrison-inspired guitar solo by Wilco’s impressive guitarist Nels Cline.

Read more of Max Gray at Big City Sasquatch or follow him on Twitter @City_Sasquatch. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Encounters, Mount Hope, Conte,, and English Kills Review. He co-hosts the etymology podcast Words For Dinner and is a graduate of the Rutgers-Newark MFA program. More from this author →