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Monday Moodboard: Ace Songwriting Brought to You By Morrissey

This weekend was one that I spent busying myself with a LomoKino video that should have been done ages ago, all while listening to good music. The Smiths hits were among the ones I had on loop; they always are on loop, actually, reminding me that Morrissey's songwriting is particularly ace.

There may be no reunion in sight for English rock band The Smiths but their music has remained timeless and influential decades after their split. There are some songs that will particularly draw you through the lyrics, and for me, the songs born out of the songwriting partnership between vocalist Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr prove perfect examples. Morrissey’s lyrical share have been described as “dramatic,” “bleak,” “funny,”and “depressing,” but I think the honesty and melancholy are part of the songs’ charm. I’m sure I’m not the only one who is fascinated at how well he describes “doomed relationships, lonely nightclubs, the burden of the past and the prison of the home.”

Here are some of The Smiths hits that I had playing throughout the weekend, along with some lines that clearly show Morrissey’s ace songwriting:

Morrissey of The Smiths, Dunham Massey, Greater Manchester Sept 1983. Photo by Kevin Cummins via The Independent

“Shyness is nice
Shyness can stop you
From doing all the things in life you’d like to”

- Ask

“What she asked of me at the end of the day
Caligula would have blushed”

“In my life
Why do I smile
At people who I’d much rather kick in the eye?”

- Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now

“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”

- There is a Light That Never Goes Out

“Why pamper life’s complexities
When the leather runs smooth
On the passenger seat?”

- This Charming Man

“I want the one I can’t have
And it’s driving me mad
It’s all over, all over, all over my face”

“A double bed
And a stalwart lover for sure
These are the riches of the poor”

- I Want The One I Can’t Have

“Let me get my hands
on your mammary glands
and let me get your head
on the conjugal bed”

- Handsome Devil

“So ignore all the codes of the day
Let your juvenile impulses sway
This way and that way
This way, that way”

“As we lie, you say:
Will the world end in the night time?
(I really don’t know)
Or will the world end in the day time?
(I really don’t know)
And is there any point ever having children?
Oh, I don’t know
What I do know is we’re here and it’s now”

- Stretch Out and Wait

“I don’t have much in my life
But take it — it’s yours”

- Unloveable

“The note I wrote
As she read, she said
‘Has the Perrier gone
Straight to my head
Or is life sick and cruel, instead?’”

- I Won’t Share You

Then, there’s also this song by Morrissey from his solo album, Vauxhall and I:

“Beware!
I bear more grudges
Than lonely high court judges
When you sleep
I will creep
Into your thoughts
Like a bad debt
That you can’t pay
Take the easy way
And give in
Yeah, and let me in”

- The More You Ignore Me The Closer I Get

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written by plasticpopsicle

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