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The Smiths — Well I Wonder
Album: Meat Is Murder
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Released: 1984
Length: 3:49
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Well I wonder
Do you hear me when you sleep ?
I hoarsely cry
Oh...

Well I wonder
Do you see me when we pass ?
I half die...
Oh...

Please keep me in mind
Please keep me in mind

Gasping - but somehow still alive
This is the fierce last stand of all I am

Gasping - dying - but somehow still alive
This is the final stand of all I am

Please keep me in mind

Well I wonder
Well I wonder
Please keep me in mind
Keep me in mind
Keep me in mind
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weary dreary pish.


yay Mozza!
I know he's an acquired taste, but an important album for me
Like - a distinctive voice and sound {#Yes}
all his songs have only three notes each
 springof63 wrote:
Sorry, no Smiths for me but i'm finding PSD is too slow to react, so while i'm typing this i've got my iTunes on. 
Today i'm playing 'Race With The Devil' by Girlschool. Just have to wait til the 'now playing' display on RP changes, & i'll be back.

 



Interesting!

A wonderful song from a fantastic album.  This would be one of my "desert island discs."
 kcar wrote:


Who's wearing pajamas in public? WTF is going on in Alaska?!?

 

Not that unusual in Europe as well, just smiled about it today seeing it on people tramping through slush of snow. ;)
Started some years ago afaik, and if they feel comfy about it, who cares or even judges? What a nice and colorful world we got.{#Cheers}
 kcar wrote:


Who's wearing pajamas in public? WTF is going on in Alaska?!?

 
Fumes from crude oil are heavily toxic to lungs, skin, and ... brains.
 alaskan_listener wrote:
It is my assertion that these guys were responsible for an entire generation of bed wetting which can be seen to this day manifest in the apparent social acceptability for men who have otherwise reached the age of responsibility to wear pajamas in public.

The age of responsibility was raised to 30, but I don't think you can blame that on The Smiths.
Arrgghh!  The smiths!  Burn it with fire!
Sorry, no Smiths for me but i'm finding PSD is too slow to react, so while i'm typing this i've got my iTunes on. 
Today i'm playing 'Race With The Devil' by Girlschool. Just have to wait til the 'now playing' display on RP changes, & i'll be back.
Fred,
I'm starting the  Msanthropic and Mranthropic Calumnical Society..............care to join?
Terry 
 alaskan_listener wrote:
It is my assertion that these guys were responsible for an entire generation of bed wetting which can be seen to this day manifest in the apparent social acceptability for men who have otherwise reached the age of responsibility to wear pajamas in public.
 

Really? I suspect I’ll be sorry I asked, but what do you base this assertion on?


The Smiths ! Marr and Morrissey, perfect Harmony... Thanks for this wonderfull music Radio Paradise is within the sky with the stars...
 alaskan_listener wrote:
It is my assertion that these guys were responsible for an entire generation of bed wetting which can be seen to this day manifest in the apparent social acceptability for men who have otherwise reached the age of responsibility to wear pajamas in public.

 

Who's wearing pajamas in public? WTF is going on in Alaska?!?
It is my assertion that these guys were responsible for an entire generation of bed wetting which can be seen to this day manifest in the apparent social acceptability for men who have otherwise reached the age of responsibility to wear pajamas in public.
Great Tune {#Bounce}
Great choice - from perhaps their best album, or maybe second best...?!
 unclehud wrote:
 Proclivities wrote:
...even Burl Ives?
 
.. Burl Ives has been dead for a while now; so, no, I wouldn't want to be stuck in a lift with him.


 
Good point.
 Proclivities wrote:
...even Burl Ives?
 
.. Burl Ives has been dead for a while now; so, no, I wouldn't want to be stuck in a lift with him.

 warderblu wrote:
This song is incredible.
 
while vocal itself is just awful
A classic - great song - even "perfect" - those boys really did write a TON of great songs together - some sound dated now, but a majority (this one) do not - amazing.  Thumbs way up!

{#Notworthy}
This song is incredible.
Great to here this on RP! Wonderful album
 EssexTex wrote:

With all of his social left wing angst.....he now lives in L.A and drives a Porsche...right on brother

 

If it wasn't for that "social left wing angst" you'd be listening to Nuggent 24/7/365....
and I'm sure he'd be glad to share how he has killed every thing that walks, crawls,
flies, and /or breaths.. sorta that antisocial right wing drivel....and/or  industrial spirituality.

 cc_rider wrote:

Describes more than a few singers and songwriters. And actors, artists, writers, directors...

 

...even Burl Ives?
Burl



 fredriley wrote:
So, a fine songwriter, but an egotistic sanctimonious git who you sure wouldn't want to be stuck in a lift with.
 
Describes more than a few singers and songwriters. And actors, artists, writers, directors...

It's a good song by a great band.
Smiths - Johnny Marr = 0
 EssexTex wrote:

With all of his social left wing angst.....he now lives in L.A and drives a Porsche...right on brother

 
I'm not sure that he's left wing, going by his many pronouncements and questionable opinions when he was part of The Smiths. For instance, he lately made what many perceived to be a racist jibe at immigrants to the UK which got him into deep water with the chattering classes who give a monkey's what loudmouthed celebs say. See the Wikipedia entry on him, section 2.3, for details of accusations of racism.

The only thing he really gets hot under the collar about is animal rights, which is a cause which lends itself to most shades of opinions. Indeed, some of the more extreme misanthropic animal rightists flirt dangerously with fascism.

To be honest, he really only cares about himself - narcissism is an integral part of his personality, and he's got an ego the size of a planet. He can, though, pen very good songs, the best when he was part of The Smiths. So, a fine songwriter, but an egotistic sanctimonious git who you sure wouldn't want to be stuck in a lift with.

I really like Morrissey. A lot of his appeal to me is his voice. A lot of people feel that way about Bob Dylan, but listen to him because his lyrics are very profound. I think The Smiths have some very profound lyrics as well, but in both cases of Morrissey and Dylan, I think their voices are unique and very enjoyable to hear.

 
blotto wrote:


That is the only good song the Smiths ever did.

I wish Simon Cowell had a talk with Morrisey when he was younger and convinced him he could not sing, because he can';t. Maybe stick with the written word would've been better.
 


This song is incredible.

 blotto wrote:


That is the only good song the Smiths ever did.

I wish Simon Cowell had a talk with Morrisey when he was younger and convinced him he could not sing, because he can';t. Maybe stick with the written word would've been better.
 
Yeah, we need a meaningless charlatan like Simon Cowell to dictate who should or should not make music.  I guess you must have all latest recordings from the "remarkable" talents who appeared on that mindless TV show. 
 drews wrote:
ick wrote:
The really cool part of this song is the lush verdant guitar of Mr. Johnny Mar.
 
LUSH indeed!

Lush is a word that sounds best falling from the pretty mouth of Stacey (the one below in blue, from UK comedy 'Gavin & Stacey)

https://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1410336/gavin_and_stacey_translator_for_americans.html

 

Lush:
one of Stacey's favorite sayings. Lush means awesome or decadent. It's a phrase that conveys many meanings (all good ones) depending on the situation at hand.

 
My father was a lush, but I'm pretty sure that's not the same thing. {#Drunk}

 csutto wrote:
Definitely the preeminent band/sound of the 80's. Punctuated by How Soon is Now.
 

That is the only good song the Smiths ever did.

I wish Simon Cowell had a talk with Morrisey when he was younger and convinced him he could not sing, because he can';t. Maybe stick with the written word would've been better.
ick wrote:
The really cool part of this song is the lush verdant guitar of Mr. Johnny Mar.
 
LUSH indeed!

Lush is a word that sounds best falling from the pretty mouth of Stacey (the one below in blue, from UK comedy 'Gavin & Stacey)

https://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1410336/gavin_and_stacey_translator_for_americans.html

 

Lush:
one of Stacey's favorite sayings. Lush means awesome or decadent. It's a phrase that conveys many meanings (all good ones) depending on the situation at hand.

Hearing this reminds me why Morrissey without Marr just never resonated with me. This album is a beauty.

WONDERfull. Johnny Marr's guitarsound is brilliant. A good contrast to the Weltschmerz of Morrissey.
The really cool part of this song is the lush verdant guitar of Mr. Johnny Mar.
Awesome song! What a surprise to be on RP!

Meat Is Murder is the Smiths' sophomore album. It came out on February 14, 1985, following their 1984 self-titled debut.
25 years!



Definitely the preeminent band/sound of the 80's. Punctuated by How Soon is Now.
Truly awesome...still alive...please keep me in mind....ahhhh...'84....16....well I wonder....{#Bananajam}
 Leslie wrote:
I really don't care for this guy's voice at all.
 
The Smiths are best served in small doses. I enjoy them once in a while, like here on RP, but over the course of a whole CD, old Morrissey does start to get on your nerves.

He only knows 5 or 6 notes...{#Rolleyes}

 Leslie wrote:
I really don't care for this guy's voice at all.
 
I really don't care about your opinion at all.
Marvelous song and an even better album!!!!!{#Clap}
I really don't care for this guy's voice at all.
 EssexTex wrote:

With all of his social left wing angst.....he now lives in L.A

 
Wikipedia says Portland, Oregon...maybe he has two houses on the West Coast :)


Wow, thanks for reminding me that there is more than one good Smiths song.
PeterBerr wrote:
Not fond of this guys (Morrissey) politics or causes but like his music, Smiths (with Johnny Marr) or on his own they created some decade defining music, How Soon is Now being my favourite by far. Bring on some more!

With all of his social left wing angst.....he now lives in L.A and drives a Porsche...right on brother

One of my favorite, "awkward out of place teen aged" ballads of all times. Complete with soothing rain sounds.
Not fond of this guys (Morrissey) politics or causes but like his music, Smiths (with Johnny Marr) or on his own they created some decade defining music, How Soon is Now being my favourite by far. Bring on some more!


Didn't Mojo Nixon record a song about Steven Morrissey?
Prettier falsetto than Roy Orbison for sure.
first one first one first one - love the smiths!!