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From the YouTube Music Video Archives: The Smiths

Angelmeg reminded me of one of those great antidotes to depression from the 80s, The Smiths. I thought of this as sort of Percy-like, in that engaging with literature, art or music that is created out of depression might work as a kind of antidote to one’s own depression. Or something like that. Anyway, one of my favorite Smiths albums was The Queen is Dead (cheerful title), with songs like There is a light that never goes out (nice, but with lyrics such as, and if a ten-ton truck / kills the both of us / to die by your side / well, the pleasure – the privilege is mine) and The Boy With The Thorn In His Side.

Angelmeg’s favorite is Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now, and I have to say, yeah, that one really is the best. But Girlfriend in a Coma is also pretty great. And the happiest title of all? Cemetry Gates.

I was happy in the haze of a drunken hour / But heaven knows I’m miserable now / I was looking for a job, and then I found a job / And heaven knows I’m miserable now / In my life / Why do I give valuable time / To people who don’t care if I live or die? / Two lovers entwined pass me by / And heaven knows I’m miserable now / I was looking for a job, and then I found a job / And heaven knows I’m miserable now / In my life Oh, why do I give valuable time / To people who don’t care if I live or die? / What she asked of me at the end of the day Caligula would have blushed / “You’ve been in the house too long” she said / And I (naturally) fled …

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