We kick off the T's with this Morrissey/Boorer composition, the lead track from Southpaw Grammar.
What do we think of this one?
That way of interpretation applies to very many of Morrissey's songs. The ever present thoughts of ending it all, in one way or another. But yet: Morrissey may find his current life stressful at times, but if he retired, what would he have left in his life? He has no family, he is not good at friendship, doesn't even have a steady home and I can't imagine him filling his time with gardening or whatever. He'll always keep coming back.Interesting note from PJLM:
"In a 1995 interview published in Les Inrockuptibles magazine, Morrissey said "There are, of course, two levels of interpretation: the line [To be finished would be a relief] in the song context - these teachers who are afraid of their pupils and dream of escaping - and a second more intimate, more personal thought on my life and career. To leave would effectively be a relief. Not to feel all this pressure anymore, to be able to let up a bit.""
Additionally, "Note: The sample heard at the end of the song is from the 1952 film "Eight O'Clock Walk"."
This is mostly what I would say though I probably wouldnt give it a nine. I don’t mind the long songs from sp when listening to them on there ownA superbly underrated song, from my 2nd favourite Moz album. I love the intertwining of the string sample and the winding guitar passages that build tension and gloriously release in these absolutely head-bang-worthy passages. For Moz, this is as far out as he had went by 1995, and still now the length and sheer magnitude of the piece still sticks out. If I had just one criticism, I would say that the production needs to be a bit more lively and grandiose to make those climaxes feel as much of a payoff as they should: perhaps getting Steve Lillywhite again for an album that is completely different to its preceding LP, wasn’t the best move. I agree, though, that the lyrics, as small and bitty as they are, carry a different message than one might expect, subverting “The Headmaster Ritual” and giving us a balanced, beaten down insight into the schooling system.