So what do you think of this? The new single from Morrissey, Spent the Day in Bed, from his forthcoming album Low in High School. It's difficult to know what to make of Morrissey in 2017. He's inevitably sullied his reputation in the eyes of some lifelong supporters with many of his utterly ludicrous and borderline offensive proclamations of recent years. I'd have to say, I'm among these types. I'm fed up of what he says in most of his public statements. There's a smallness and rankness to so many of them that doesn't reflect well on his legacy. But then you listen to a song like this and it reiterates why he is utterly alone in the world in being able to articulate an essential worldview. Something we need. The picture sleeve has a boy standing with a banner for the song outside Buckingham Palace. For this unshakeable resolve alone the man is still necessary. Then just listen to the lyrics if further proof is required.
It's another of his manifestos. So it's something he's sung on umpteen occasions since Still Ill where perhaps he sung it best. It says that the world is ridiculous and a cruel trick on us all and we should not participate at all in its machinations, instead doing exactly as we please. The lyric's a pearl. Ten out of ten for that. Nevertheless, I'm going to work today. He's an artist. Writing this is his right and responsibility. I'm not. Doing as I should in return for money is mine. But I'm glad he's there and at least this can go round my head all the while today that I'm at my desk.The arrangement is more problematic, sounding oddly synthetic, not something you'd expect of the man and not for the first time since 1986 the thought crosses my mind that he misses Johnny Marr. That being a glib thing to say doesn't prevent it from being true. I'd give that side of things six. So the end score averages out as an eight. Regardless, if this were a Smiths song it would not be out of place. Here are the words: