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August 28, 2004

For Once In My Life

I started listening to The Smiths when I was about 14. I think the band was a rite of passage for all good "new wave" girls during the mid-80s. Their album Hatful of Hollow was in constant rotation in my teenage bedroom.

This song, "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want," ends the album. I think it's beautiful in its simplicity; in the lyrics, music, and Morrissey's vocal delivery. It is a plaintive song – one man's tentative feeling of hope in the face of better times, wanting the beautiful thing in his life to stay. A simple plea, but one that anyone who has ever wanted something has found themselves making.

The Smiths, "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want"

Good times for a change
See the look I've had can make a good man turn bad
So please, please, please, let me, let me, let me
Let me get what I want this time

Haven't had a dream in a long time
See the life I've had can make a good man bad
So for once in my life let me get what I want
Lord knows it would be the first time

Posted by Highwaygirl on August 28, 2004 12:59 AM to the category The Key of Life

I forgot to mention that my favorite part of the music in this song is the guitar part after the line "Let me get what I want this time." It makes me feel like I'm swaying.

Posted by: Highwaygirl at August 28, 2004 12:33 PM

Another great song and band. I still listen to and love Morrissey, am planning on seeing him on tour if he comes anywhere near Cleveland. So far, the closest is Detroit...

Posted by: KatJam at August 30, 2004 01:25 PM

Dang it. I'd been able to resist the siren call of Morrissey's latest album, but now I think I need it. I did recently purchase "Louder Than Bombs" on cd. I originally owned it on vinyl, then upgraded to a cassette, because I am on the cutting edge of technology. Now I must listen to it.

HWG always makes me buy things . . . .

Posted by: jird at August 30, 2004 03:27 PM
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