Considering how common illness is, how tremendous the spiritual change that it...– Virginia Woolf, On Being Ill
On the flipside of happy, the Nico net caught me early. Her voice equalled the...– Morrissey (2003)
Mad Girl's Lovesong
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead; I lift my lids and all is born again. (I think I made you up inside my head.) The stars go waltzing out in blue and red, And arbitrary blackness gallops in: I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead. I dreamed that you bewitched me into bed And sung me moon-struck, kissed me quite insane. (I think I made you up inside my head.) God topples from the...
Goodbye, my friend, goodbye My love, you are in my heart. It was preordained we should part And be reunited by and by. Goodbye: no handshake to endure. Let’s have no sadness — furrowed brow. There’s nothing new in dying now Though living is no newer. Sergei Yesenin (his suicide note)
Daily Telegraph: Just how obsessed were you, as a teenager, with Patti Smith?
Morrissey: I was very obsessed because I was very lonely and then therefore when I heard music that I felt was designed for me, it was so unusual that the gratitude I expressed was almost too much. With Patti Smith, when I bought that very first album [Horses, released 1976], I sat up all night listening to it on a very tiny stereo, and I couldn’t stop. And I thought it was extraordinary because it was the voice of somebody who perhaps had felt unattractive all their lives, in every way. Yet here they were, singing about it, and seemed to know a way to make the misfortune of their lives become attractive. And I felt that, well, I could therefore simply sing about my life and how I really feel, and perhaps it could transform itself into something acceptable.