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“Love is so Unfashionable, These days” Or “Capture The Queen and Kill His Court”

Not only is it the day of my birthday but Oct. 4th 1982 is also the day the Smiths played their first gig in the east end Ritz in Manchester. I don’t know how I feel right now, not about me being older or my feelings for people. It’s all so confusing. So instead of writing about how I’m eternally connected to the Smiths not only through a love of their music, their leader (Morrissey) and our immaterial emotional attachments, or being born on the same day and year as their birth into mainstream music, I am instead going to post the lyrics to the song that could not be anymore fitting for this day:

I’ve come to wish you an unhappy birthday
I’ve come to wish you an unhappy birthday
because you’re evil
and you lie
and if you should die
I may feel slightly sad
(but I won’t cry)
Loved and lost
and some may say
when usually its Nothing
surely you’re happy
it should be this way?
I say “No, I’m gonna kill my dog”
and: “May the lines sag heavy
and deep tonight XXX”
I’ve come to wish you an unhappy birthday
I’ve come to wish you an unhappy birthday
because you’re evil
and you lie
and if you should die
I may feel slightly sad
(But I won’t cry)
Loved and lost
some people say
when usually its Nothing
surely you’re happy
it should be this way?
I said “No”
and then I shot myself
so, drink, drink, drink
and be ill tonight
from the one you left behind
from the one you left behind…

-The Smiths “Unhappy Birthday”

Things will be better tomorrow for me. I am sure of this.

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