Tuesday, 19th December '06

There is a Light and It Never Goes Out

Cleaning my room again. Is dusty. Phoo. Am listening to The Smiths as I go. Steven Patrick Morissey's manic-depressive lyrics are so delightful, sometimes. Go get your hands on "There's a Light that Never Goes Out"... it's the most morbid declaration of love that I've ever heard:

"And if a double-decker bus crashes into us
To die by your side
Is such a heavenly way to die
And if a ten-ton truck kills the both of us
To die by your side
Well, the pleasure, the privilege is mine."


Morissey is such a great lyricist for this reason. You don't know what to make of the things he says. When I listen to these, I don't know whether to go "CHOI!" and slap him on the head, or to swoon dreamily. Really, when a guy says that to suffer such a grotesque death would be perfectly alright to him if he shared it with you - how do you react? It's so awkward, but the best way he could express himself. Morissey was clinically depressed, after all.

And he's the absolute king of capturing the nuances of complicated situations. Sample below, from "Girlfriend in a Coma". I'm sure the same horrible thoughts have occured to every one of us.

"Girlfriend in a coma, I know, I know - it's serious
Girlfriend in a coma, I know, I know - it's really serious
There were times when I could have murdered her
(But you know, I would hate anything to happen to her)
No, I dont want to see her
Do you really think she'll pull through?
Do you really think she'll pull through?"


And I thought John Mayer's "My Stupid Mouth" was a pretty heart wrenching account of a date gone wrong. Check out Morissey's "Bigmouth Strikes Again":

"Sweetness, sweetness I was only joking
When I said I'd like to smash every tooth in your head
Sweetness, sweetness I was only joking
When I was I said by right you should be bludgeoned in your bed.
... Bigmouth, bigmouth, bigmouth strikes again
And I've got no right to take my place in the human race
... Now I know how Joan of Arc felt
Now I know how Joan of Arc felt
As the flames rose to her Roman nose and her hearing aid started to melt."


I love the way he intersplices his own personality with other personas. It just makes for the lit geek in me to sit and think: Joan of Arc never had a hearing aid. But Morissey wore a hearing aid and that's an obvious reference to himself. What does it all mean?

And my all time favourite Smiths song, "How Soon is Now". I nearly had a coronary when T.A.T.U. covered it and managled it beyond recognition. Here it is set out in it's full glory. "Charmed" fans take note, this is the real thing that plays behind the Charmed Ones doing their thing in the opening montage.

" I am the son
And the heir
Of a shyness that is criminally vulgar
I am the son and heir
Of nothing in particular

You shut your mouth
How can you say
I go about things the wrong way ?
I am Human and I need to be loved
Just like everybody else does

I am the son
And the heir
Of a shyness that is criminally vulgar
I am the son and heir
Oh, of nothing in particular

You shut your mouth
How can you say
I go about things the wrong way ?
I am Human and I need to be loved
Just like everybody else does

There's a club, if you'd like to go
You could meet somebody who really loves you
So you go, and you stand on your own
And you leave on your own
And you go home, and you cry
And you want to die

When you say it's gonna happen "now"
Well, when exactly do you mean ?
See I've already waited too long
And all my hope is gone

You shut your mouth
How can you say
I go about things the wrong way ?
I am Human and I need to be loved
Just like everybody else does"


More lyrics? Go here.



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limz:

i dont wanna draw my buddy tree..it's too scarily big! razz

en:

yeah that's true... heh

i thought i could keep my buddy tree small and single branched. apparently not. sad





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