Song Lyric Sunday: Angst – ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’

Jim’s overarching theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is misery or angst. Excruciating stuff, in other words

For my generation, the obvious source for a song to match this would be Leonard Cohen, but as I do my best to stay down with the kids, I’ve selected something a little more up to date.

Well, just a little.

With, in my humble opinion, one of the greatest first lines of any song, ever, this is The Smiths.

I was happy in the haze of a drunken hour
But heaven knows I’m miserable now
I was looking for a job, and then I found a job
And heaven knows I’m miserable now

In my life
Why do I give valuable time
To people who don’t care if I live or die

Two lovers entwined pass me by
And heaven knows I’m miserable now
I was looking for a job, and then I found a job
And heaven knows I’m miserable now

In my life
Why do I give valuable time
To people who don’t care if I live or die

What she asked of me at the end of the day
Caligula would have blushed
“You’ve been in the house too long” she said
And I naturally fled

In my life
Why do I smile
At people who I’d much rather kick in the eye

I was happy in the haze of a drunken hour
But heaven knows I’m miserable now
“You’ve been in the house too long” she said
And I naturally fled

In my life
Why do I give valuable time
To people who don’t care if I live or die

Written by Johnny Marr and Morrissey

Song Lyric Sunday 14 March 2021

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