No prizes to guess why this particularly ditty is going round and round in my head.
‘Take me out tonight….’
The lyrics are also darkly, comically astute in this instance.
‘Driving in your car
I never never want to go home
Because I haven’t got one
That said ‘I don’t care, I don’t care, I don’t care’ because it’s by the mighty Smiths who can do little wrong as far as I’m concerned, and whilst lots of people take issue with Morrissey, their controversially outspoken, mincy front man, no one can deny their musically prowess and, whilst you may not agree with Mozza on everything, you can’t deny that the man has ethics and isn’t afraid to voice them, acceptable or otherwise, and his quotes are legendary.
Plus he’s an animal lover, which makes him one of the good guys in my book.
There is a surprisingly optimistic line in this song which is, of course, ‘There is a light that never goes out’, and whilst I somehow doubt that it’s a reference to God or anything to do with the afterlife, I could be wrong.
Perhaps it’s all about clinging to that moment (or moments like it) when you’re driving around in a soft top car on a warm summer’s night with someone you love, your wages/student grant burning a hole in your pocket, the air ripe with frivolity and possibility, and shitty old real life is on the back burner, and seems so very far away.
Until of course, the clubs close, your money’s all gone, the air is ripe with the smell of stale beer, spilt blood and fresh vomit, your hangover is just started to kick and and you’re sat on the pavement still off your tits waiting for the night bus to take you home.
That’s the rub. We always have to turn back around and face what’s lying in wait for us. Even Morrissey knew that, hence he was willing to die just to stay in that moment.
Can’t say I blame him really.
Despite all this, I find this sing-a-long classic strangely optimistic and I guess, like some wise soul told me recently, ‘Just remember, when you’re sat on the (beer soaked) floor, you can’t fall off!’
I just hope that there are no uncovered manholes within crawling distance, that’s all. Or dog shit come to that.
Enjoy the song x