Please, Let Me Get What I Want: The Smiths praying the Lord

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Golden daffodils, the ones the Smiths used to adorn each stage that they played on.

Flowers, the ones that Morrissey distributed at every concert.

The Rock of Flowers is the Smiths’ rock. Simple base. Acoustic guitar and mandolin. It resonates vibrantly, emotional, on the echoes of the deep voice of Morrissey, who seems almost prophetic, almost an oracle. In fact, more than a message, this song is a prayer by The Smiths, by a Morrissey who was waiting a turn on his life.

So please please please
Let me, let me, let me
Let me get what I want
This time

But the prayer will become a prophetic promise of love. How many events can make ‘A good man turn bad’?.

This man is overhelmed, broken, but he finds the courage to pray the Lord, that probably he doesn’t even believe in.

But you try, and let yourself go. Morrissey focuses on this question, the heart of this lucky song that was the B-side of the single William, It Was Really Nothing, 1984, later on added in the compilation Hatful of Hollow, from same year.

Morrissey hopes it’s a “good time for a change”, the first verse of the song. And it’s a great way to start a song. Like a light wind on a field in the spring. Our hair gets wild and this wind lets your gaze get lost in a far and unconfessed optimism.

So for once in my life
Let me get what I want
Lord knows, it would be the first time

He hopes that this is the right time. That good opportunity to be strong, to continue and take the beauty that is around. That breakthrough will come.

If there’s so much beauty around, it’s because you’re on the right way.

And the mandolin takes over, like a shower of flowers.
The Rock of the flowers.
The Smiths’ Rock.

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Fabiana Falanga writes stories about music on Roses of Rock and Auralcrave. Follow her on Instagram.

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