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You are Human and You Need to be Loved: A Reflection on Two Songs by The Smiths

Posted by Shamir Lee on 05/31 at 05:39 PM

I’ve listened to The Smiths’ “ Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me” at least ten times in the past 24 hours. Another one of their other songs, “How Soon is Now?” also received a high replay count from me today. I can’t seem to figure out why. I’m not depressed. I don’t necessarily feel lonely. Why was I drawn to these songs today?

Both seem to share a common theme of longing for love, which is one of the themes The Smiths are known for in their music. These two songs explore the feelings of waiting for a love that never seems to come, most clearly expressed as Morrissey sings “tell me how long before the right one,” in “Last Night…” “I am human and I need to be loved just like everybody else does” he cries in “How Soon is Now?” This lyric caused me to reflect on how important love really is. We all want to be loved, even the ones who seem the most cynical and misanthropic. We don’t only want it, we need it. It needs to be unconditional and everlasting - a love that accepts us for all we are, our flaws and our weaknesses.

That’s how I interpret “the right one” Morrissey speaks of. He doesn’t want some mediocre romance. He wants true love. Sometimes, however, we get so used to being alone, that we forget that we need it. Sometimes, we settle for something less than love. And sometimes, we’ve been alone so long that we start to believe no one will ever love us. “See I’ve already waited too long, and all my hope is gone,” reveals Morrissey in “How Soon is Now?” We start to make ourselves believe we can live without it. But we can’t. We shouldn’t. This is something I needed to be reminded of today. Later in the song, Morrissey asks, “When you say it’s gonna happen now, well, when exactly do you mean?” You might not feel it, but there is someone who loves you, right now. You are human and you are loved.

{name} Author: Shamir Lee
Bio: Shamir Lee is a senior majoring in Advertising. She’s a writer for Penn State’s CRITIQUE, a student-run business magazine. Additionally, she has created ads and flyers for One Heart, an organization fighting against child sexual abuse. She’s interested in looking at cats, doing ballet, exercising, and ending animal cruelty. In her free time, she enjoys watching horror movies, some of her favorites being Satoshi Kon’s Perfect Blue and the 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ("sorry, I just really like the cinematography"). Music is a big part of her life, as she plays piano, a little bit of guitar, and used to play saxophone. Some of her favorite musicians are Jason Becker, BUCK-TICK, Megadeth, Aivi Tran, Missing Persons, Nina Hagen, Prince, and Koji Kondo.

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