Tom Simard

Poetry, Music, and Prose

Wednesday’s Choice

Number 19 in Rock (Pop/Folk) is The Smiths’ The Queen is Dead.

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5 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Choice

  1. Oh, man–now you are TOTALLY speaking my language. Love, love, love the Smiths.

    “She said ‘I know you, and you cannot sing,'”
    “I said, “That’s nothing–you should hear me play the piano.”

    Are you familiar with the Smiths’ catalog, or just a fan of the song? Or of regicide, maybe?

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    • And having just listened to the song (which I had erroneously assumed to be the eponymous track–and that’s like the second or third time I’ve done that; you’d think I’d learn) I realize it’s my very favorite Smith’s song, “I know it’s over.”

      This song reminds me, sweetly, of my days as an insecure, virginal teen.

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      • It’s a great song. Unbelievably moving.

        “Mother, I can feel the soil falling over my head.”

        If this doesn’t touch one, nothing will…

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      • The song really is sublime. The lines which were so powerful for me as a teenager, and still resonate as an adult were: “If you’re so funny…if you’re so clever….if you’re so very entertaining, then why’re you on your own tonight?”

        Then comes the brutal answer: “I know: ’cause tonight is like every other night, that’s why you’re on you’re own tonight.”

        Ooof.

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    • “Are you familiar with the Smiths’ catalog, or just a fan of the song? Or of regicide, maybe?”

      Nice one. Nah, the queen has corgis…

      I love the Smiths – wonderfully witty lyrics: Frankly, Mr. Shankley, Vicar in a Tutu, etc.

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