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Well I Wonder

Well I wonder
Do you hear me when you sleep?
I hoarsely cry

Well I wonder
Do you see me when we pass?
I half-die

Please keep me in mind
Please keep me in mind

Gasping but somehow still alive
This is the fierce last stand of all I am
Gasping, dying but somehow still alive
This is the final stand of all I am

Please keep me in mind

Well I wonder

Please keep me in mind
Oh keep me in mind
Keep me in mind

This strangely ignored richly evocative song focuses on the album's continuing theme of desperation and loneliness. Here Morrissey deals with a love only sketched, just skimmed. The protagonist ask himself (and wondering about the negative answer) if the person that he admires ever notices his existence, his hoarse cries, his look in their rare accidental meetings, his gasping and about the fact he only exists in the last stand of loving.

Here again some explicit references to Elizabeth Smart's "By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept" appear and Morrissey borrows a handful of phrases: ' the fierce last stand of all I have', '... lies gasping, but still living' and the closing line of the novella 'do you hear me where you sleep?'.

At the beginning and the end of the song, the sound of rain can be heard. This was ripped form a BBC sound effects LP and it was Morrissey who brought in the idea, as he often used little bits of sound and vocal takes to add atmosphere to Smiths' recordings.

"Well I Wonder" was the b-side to "How Soon Is Now?" and the only song from the first 3 Smiths' albums that was never performed live.



Album: Meat Is Murder
Year of Publication: Feb. 1985
Lyrics: Morrissey
Music: Johnny Marr

last update: 02.03.2013

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Ebbene io mi chiedo

Ebbene io mi chiedo
Mi senti mentre dormi?
Io grido con voce rauca

Ebbene io mi chiedo
Mi vedi quando c'incrociamo?
Io quasi muoio

Ti prego, ricordati di me
Ti prego, ricordati di me

Annaspando ma in qualche modo ancora vivo
Questo è l'ultimo fiero atto di tutto quel che sono
Annaspando, morendo ma in qualche modo ancora vivo
Questo è l'atto finale di tutto ciò che sono

Ti prego, ricordati di me

Ebbene io mi chiedo

Ti prego, ricordati di me
Oh ricordati di me
Ricordati di me

Questa canzone stranamente ignorata ma altamente evocativa s'incentra sul tema dominante dell'album "Meat Is Murder": disperazione e solitudine. Qui Morrissey parla di un amore solo accennato, appena sfiorato. Il protagonista si chiede (quasi meravigliandosi della risposta negativa) se l'oggetto della sua ammirazione si accorge della sua esistenza, delle sue grida rauche, del suo sguardo nei rari incontri casuali, del suo affanno e del fatto che egli esiste solo nell'atto di amare.

Anche in questo testo appaiono espliciti rifeimenti al racconto di Elizabeth Smart "By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept", dal quale Morrissey prende a prestito una manciata di frasi: ' the fierce last stand of all I have', '... lies gasping, but still living' e la riga conclusiva del racconto 'do you hear me where you sleep?'.

All'inizio e alla fine del brano, si può sentire il suono della pioggia battente. Il rumore fu estratto da un LP di effetti sonori edito dalla BBC e fu un'idea proposta da Morrissey, che spesso usò piccoli frammenti sonori e registrazioni vocali per aggiungere atmosfera alle canzoni degli Smiths.

"Well I Wonder" fu pubblicata come lato B del singolo "How Soon Is Now?" e rimase l'unica canzone dei primi 3 album che non fu mai eseguita dal vivo. 



Album: Meat Is Murder
Anno di pubblicazione: Feb. 1985
Testo: Morrissey
Musica: Johnny Marr

ultimo agg.: 02.03.2013

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