I've just recently discovered the music of The Smiths, being a kid of the 90's deprived me of experiencing good music coming from the 60's, 70's, and 80's... Strangely enough, my first encounter with this 80's brit rock band wasn't on a radio, or on TV, or for that matter, any other medium that will allow me to actually hear music. I've never even heard their music yet I became an instant fan.
It was because of a white t-shirt with the words "And if a double decker bus crashes into us, to die by your side is such a heavenly way to die."
I was struck by it. After I saw those words, I immediately took out my cellphone and copied them to my message box. When I got home, I googled the words to find out where it came from. I didn't stop until I finally found what I was looking for because I knew that my obsessive-compulsiveness will not allow me to sleep if I left a thought hanging on my mind.
I've been writing songs since way back when I was about ten years old I think, although it was mostly crap and I've never really allowed anyone to read or hear it because I was too embarrassed to let someone else read my thoughts and feelings. When I was in high school, I always got bored in class so I take out my pen and paper and blocked off everyone (and everything) else and I wrote songs. Each time someone tried to take a peek over my shoulders, I would... wait, this is getting too personal... Why did I even start talking about me? Where was I? Oh google, The Smiths... yeah... I'll get back to that.
Okaaay, back on topic... I found out that the words came from the song "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out". Only a genius would have been able to come up with lyrics like that, so even without knowing how the song and the band sounded, I became a convert. I would later find out that they didn't sound anything like April Boy, so that's good to know...
And if a double-decker bus
Crashes into us
To die by your side
Is such a heavenly way to die
And if a ten-ton truck
Kills the both of us
To die by your side
Well, the pleasure - the privilege is mine
It's lyrics like these that make me feel good, as morbid or romantically dreadful as they may sound. It's songs like these that make me a frustrated musician.