Wednesday, May 03, 2006

There is a Light...

No, not a light in the sky (although who knows) - a light that never goes out!

To be precise - "There is a Light That Never Goes out".

Best Smiths song... ever!

This is for my pals Mac Tonnies, Nick Redfern (yes, they were better than the Ramones), and Peter Black - and Linda, of course!

"And if a double decker bus
crashes into us
To die by your side, such a heavenly way to die
And if a ten ton truck
kills the both of us
To die by your side,
the pleasure, the privilege is mine."

Now that's true love!

Go here for a live solo Morrissey rendition, and here for a live Smiths version.

The former is much more polished, as it was recorded professionally, whereas the latter is pretty ragged - but I prefer it, because it's the Smiths, and it reminds me of old video from some of my gigs back in the mid 1990s.

Speaking of which...

Here's a verse from "All Afraid", a song my first band, Tall Poppies, recorded on our Fields of Addiction e.p. in 1993 (yes, kids, that's a cassette cover -there was a time before compact discs, or IPods) which was definitely influenced by the Smiths:

"What are you so afraid of,
What has brought you to this state,
Where are your natural emotions,
You're such a sad, sad thing...
All afraid
you feel your back against the wall,
caution hasn't paid,
it's set you up just to fall,
You sit around with your rope
You sit around with your rope
One loose knot and no hope
One loose knot and no hope."

Ahh... the good old days!

Maybe one of these days I'll figure out how to get some old video and music on the Net.

Paul Kimball

3 comments:

MKJessup said...

Now I think I'm going down to the well tonight
and I'm going to drink till I get my fill
And I hope when I get old I don't sit around thinking about it
but I probably will
Yeah, just sitting back trying to recapture
a little of the glory of, well time slips away
and leaves you with nothing mister but
boring stories of glory days...

Paul Kimball said...

MKJ:

Ahh... the Boss. Another of my favourites.

However, I don't live in the past - I just visit it every now and then! :-)

Paul

Mac said...

"Light" is probably The Smiths at their finest. But their backlog is an embarrassment of riches, so it's a tough call.