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Jaunty wee thing. Plus good advice - comparing yourself to people who seem perfect, isn't great.
Yes, it could have been written for the social media age where people compare their own messy, imperfect lives to other people's highly polished, heavily edited, implausibly perfect existences as presented on Facebook, IG etc.Jaunty wee thing. Plus good advice - comparing yourself to people who seem perfect, isn't great.
I like it. There are times when Southpaw Grammar is my favorite Morrissey record. I think it's more about what you like than something being wrong with the songs. There is something effective about a long repetitive song that you can kind of get lost in. I'm not trying to argue everyone should like it and I'll stop because I'm repeating myself, but the point is I think it's about musical taste (which I might be lacking) and not some objective reason.
Remember that edit someone made cutting the drums off of the start of "The Operation?" Some people loved that edit but to me it's blasphemy.
Yes, it could have been written for the social media age where people compare their own messy, imperfect lives to other people's highly polished, heavily edited, implausibly perfect existences as presented on Facebook, IG etc.
Musically this is probably the weakest song on the album, and that's no surprise as it was a late and hurried inclusion. I wonder whether the album would have (disastrously) only had 7 tracks if this hadn't emerged.
Lyrically it is quite slight, but still one of the better songs on the album in that respect. Not exactly high praise.
Like most songs on Southpaw Grammar it drags on far too long and they should have cut at least the last 80 seconds.
Despite not being a standout song, I like the theme. As I teacher I am sometimes asked to write a tiny message in the student yearbook when the junior high school kids graduate, and I have opted for "Do your best and don't worry" a few times.
In the poll on the Hoffman board it ranked 123rd from 264 solo songs.
Yes, about listening habits I think that this period of Morrissey's music took him into areas he'd never visited before. It's good because it means that songs that some people love can be hated by others. And taste does evolve. Sometimes if you listen to the same type of music too much you can get bored with it and then years later enjoy it again.It's always subjective and listening habits greatly influence one's personal taste. Therefore, taste ideally evolves with increasing listening experience (or, 'age' as it's commonly referred to).
I very much agree with your points on length and repetitiveness regarding Southpaw Grammar.
If Weird Al Yankovic had written and recorded this as a Morrissey parody, it STILL would've been too weak.