I thought they were all weak... Notre Dame's lyrics are embarrassing... Maybe the worst thing he ever wrote. Sad.
Lyrically, definitely, yes. The recording of WMTWD seemed rushed and maybe that's why these lyrics are so bad (or he's gone bonkers with conspiracy shit). As one other poster on another thread already said, he should maybe take a step back from recording and reassess where he wants to take his music. His heartfelt lyrics were always his strong point (and the only one he has musically because he doesn't compose/plays an instrument) and that's why he was/is so respected and loved. He really isn't forced to put new stuff out there, unless he wants that, of course. He could be touring with his back catalogue and all would be fine. Of course I don't know him, but from the outside he seems stuck and uninspired right now.I thought they were all weak... Notre Dame's lyrics are embarrassing... Maybe the worst thing he ever wrote. Sad.
ThisSomeone posted the lyrics on the concert thread. This controversial song might need a catch-all thread of its own. Apparently some unsavory characters are praising the lyrics as “based.” I hope I’m wrong, but I predict a Paul Joseph Watson video and a subsequent sharing of it on Morrissey Central. In the meantime, Carmen Vandenberg channels David Gilmour very nicely.
I like the disco 70s swagger on both pop and norte dame, the lyrics on norte dame are intresting. Maybe because of how I interpretated them, but then I might have a overly sympathetic ear... I listen to The Fall and I like the repeatition in the songs. I wasn't that keen on Rebels without appluase, I thought it sounded auto tuned....
I am not sure Norte dame is a controversial song, it is political, but I think he's using buildings being subject of attack, dominance and also symbols for terrorists. Also it is a landmark, he's telling norte dame that a cold hand (this could be a reference to many things) has touched him and the building remains silent or hostile waiting to be photographed by tourists, and its history is starting to become irreverent. I get the feeling from the BT tower in london and from a few buildings in the city centre you feel they have a presence all over the city. Maybe he's cursing and attacking buildings because he feels like hes talking 'to a brick wall', and he sees them as a fault or oppression because he can't blame or get at anybody else because he knows they will react adversely and he has done too much damage already. Also I can't think of Norte dame without thinking of the hunch back of norte dame.
See architecture section on Norte dame cathedral -
'who put the cold, white panes in place of those windows'
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It seems quite obvious why this could resonate with Moz and his opinion on the music (art) industry and press, theme similar to 'The night pop dropped'.
Also, as seen in the riots recently in Paris, people like to attack buildings and monuments when fighting aganist their goverement or system.
Dame for me.I voted Notre Dame. Musically the best of the three, and while the lyrics are the bad poetry of a conspiracy theorist, that’s actually better than the boring late-Morrissey-by-numbers lyrics of the other two. I guess if Morrissey is really going bonkers and lazy, then let him go all the way with it. Spectacle is better than bland. Point in Notre Dame’s favor: it’ll never be gleefully sung along to by 8000 carnivorous normals at Glastonbury.