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#214: The Queen is Dead by The Smiths

6.13.2012

The Queen is Dead by The Smiths (1986)

Favorite Track(s): "The Queen is Dead" and "I Know It's Over" and "Cemetry Gates" and "The Boy With the Thorn In His Side" and "There is a Light That Never Goes Out"

Thoughts: This is our final Smiths album on the list, as Strangeways, Here We Come, the band's last album, didn't make it.  This album has two of my favorite Smiths' songs on it, so I'm fine with it being so close to #1.  Because it's all about ME.

This was my first time hearing many of these songs.  Some were great, some BLEW ME AWAY.  Like, for instance, the lyrics to "I Know It's Over."  I mean, they're incredible:

if you're so funny
they why are you on your own tonight?
and if you're so clever
then why are you on your own tonight?
if you're so very entertaining
then why are you on your own tonight?
if you're so very good looking
why do you sleep alone tonight?
I know because tonight is just like any other night
that's why you're on your own tonight
with your triumphs and your charms
while they are in each other's arms

it's so easy to laugh
it's so easy to hate
it takes strength to be gentle and kind
it's over, over, over

it's so easy to laugh
it's so easy to hate
it takes guts to be gentle and kind
it's over, over, over

love is natural and real
but not for you, my love
not tonight, my love
love is natural and real 
but not for such as you and I, my love

I mean, COME ON. Good grief.  I was thinking the other day about doing a top 10 list (because I have waaaay more than 5) for songs about being single, and now this song, which I have only just heard, gets a definite place on that list.  Mother of all that is holy.  I will be listening to this song for days  now.  Which is why doing this list, while sometimes taxing, is so rewarding in the end.

Also on this album is the fantastic "The Boy With the Thorn In His Side" which I never took much notice of until I saw Blackpool.  If you are a David Tennant fan and haven't watched this show, look at your life and look at your choices.  And then come over to my place and watch it with me, because it's only available on import/non-region 1 DVD.  I can no longer listen to this song now without doing the choreography:



Finally we have "There is a Light That Never Goes Out", which is one of the greatest driving songs ever. Well, it's also just one of the greatest songs ever, period.  It describes youth and young love so perfectly.  And yes, I first heard it in 500 Days of Summer.  I'm that unoriginal. 

Is This Better Than The River?


I would say it's as  good.

6 comments:

jonathan edmund said...

The Smiths always make me think of Charlie, from The Perks of Being A Wallflower, since it's his favorite band (Asleep is his favorite song) and was my favorite book during adolescence. I just re-read it and it is oh-so-good!

Maryann said...

yes, I've read it too! That was how I discovered "Asleep"! So, so good. Nervous but excited for the film.

Linda said...

Have you have heard "Please, please, please, let me get what I want" and "Asleep" by the Smiths? Also very powerful. But yeah, "I know it's over" is among their best, though "Shelia, take a bow" is great for a happier vibe.

Linda said...

Oh jeez. Maybe I should READ the comments first, huh? Sorry about that.

Maryann said...

No worries, Linda! I ADORE "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want"--listen to it all the time.

Henrique said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzIQquWxyK4