The Smiths, “I Know It’s Over”

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The Smiths, “I Know It’s Over”

Morrissey’s soothing, yet eerie, voice rings out into a dark bedroom of a sad teen, alone on a Saturday evening:

Oh, mother, I can feel the soil falling over my head
And as I climb into an empty bed
Oh well, enough said . .

. . . See the sea wants to take me
The knife wants to slit me
Do you think you can help me?

The blunt and almost tangible lyrics ring in the listener’s ears, illuminating their depression. Being the legendary songwriter he is, Morrissey created a piece that makes suicide almost sound beautiful and elegant. He allows the listener to feel not so alone in their ongoing battle of depression.

In the latter part of the ballad, he brings a slight glimmer of optimism, followed by his pessimistic theme:

Love is natural and real
But not for such as you and I, my love

“I Know It’s Over” encompasses the feelings of the common feelings of depression victims, allowing listeners to express themselves in ways they cannot by themselves.

–Bekah Ervin