Next up is the second cover version to feature in our A-Z, the original being by Waylon Jennings. The live recording was included on the deluxe edition of Low in High School.
For what it's worth, I really like this! (And interesting to read the comments below that YouTube clip: some negatives...
By most metrics, "drivers license" is the biggest song in the world right now. (It reminded me of Snow Patrol, for some reason?!)
I like this quote from her: "There’s nothing like sitting at the piano in my bedroom and writing a really sad song. It’s truly my favorite thing in the world."
Do we actually believe Morrissey when he said this was written about/for Johnny, though? It just seems so lyrically...odd, for that - when there are other songs that seem to fit that particular bill much more obviously. Oh, who knows?
(And interestingly at the end of the same quote, Morrissey...
Yes, agree with all of this! Honestly if you take out the vocals there's almost nothing going on here musically, it's strange.
The voice, the melody and the lyrics turn it into something...interesting, at least.
Up next in the A-Z of Morrissey songs is this one, a Boz composition from the Maladjusted album.
As with so many of his solo songs, for me this is musically bland but elevated by a lovely, understated vocal melody (he sounds so tired here) and intriguing lyrics.
My older brother taped the first album for me the day it came out and out of curiosity more than anything I listened to it in the dark in my bed on my Walkman and within the first minute of "Reel Around the Fountain" it felt like my life had changed.