Thatcher changed everything

On the treadmill last night, I was listening to an old CD of The Smiths and I heard these lyrics but maybe with a bit of perspective in 2006 that I didn’t have in 1984.

I decree today that life
Is simply taking and not giving
England is mine and it owes me a living
Ask me why, and I’ll spit in your eye
Oh, ask me why, and I’ll spit in your eye
But we cannot cling to the old dreams anymore
No, we cannot cling to those dreams

Still Ill
The Smiths
From the Album: Hatful of Hollow
1984

I could never quite figure out Morrissey but there’s a message in there somewhere….

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0 Responses to Thatcher changed everything

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thatcher didn’t change that much, you just aren’t old enough:

    “Can you tell me where my country lies?” said the unifaun to his true love’s eyes….

    “Paper late!” cried a voice in the crowd. “Old man dies!”
    The note he left was signed ‘Old Father Thames’- it seems he’s drowned; selling england by the pound.

    Citizens of Hope & Glory,
    Time goes by – it’s “the time of your life”.
    Easy now, sit you down.
    Chewing through your Wimpey dreams,
    they eat without a sound;
    digesting england by the pound.

    -Genesis
    “Selling England by the Pound” 1973

  2. dako says:

    Loved the Smiths’ tunes. Always thought Morissey was a braying, self-obsessed arse. Which is OK if the obsessions are interesting, which his weren’t/aren’t. But Johnny Marr was a freakin’ great and trend-setting guitar player, and his music writing mapped out a lot of the Brit-pop we listen to even now.

    As for Thatcher…Johnny Marr sure could write good tunes.