Song of the Day: Asleep by The Smiths
Now, I’m not a massive fan of The Smiths, if their music comes on I listen, but I haven’t rifled through their back catalogue. As such I haven’t heard a song of theirs as soft and mesmerizing as Asleep.
In fact I didn’t know they were capable of it. Usually they’re harsh lyrics with an upbeat tune that you wouldn’t usually expect to go with the subject matter. But this, well, there are no tricks here. It’s a soft song with soft vocals and a soft tune.
Towards the end there’ s the sound of the wind and I love the thought of that the lyrics and the song are being blown away in the wind. It make it seem fragile. Yet despite the fragility and the softness the lyrics have a depth.
listen to them, really listen to them and appreciate their talent for words. On the surface it seems like a soft song but when you get the hang of the lyrics it’s not. It’s haunting, echoing in the emptiness it exudes.
It describes a loneliness that everyone must feel at some point but it takes it that bit further, exploring the feelings if it becomes too much. As the song continues it gathers a dreamy quality around itself, as if he was really asleep. It is also the first time I have heard The Smith sing a sad song that has a sad melody, which instantly makes it stand out from their other stuff.
It’s a track that will make you sit up and listen.