The saddest song:1

The Streets - Never Went To Church

OK- time for a bit of light relief- far too much earnestness around these parts.

A few weeks back I went to a friend’s house. I persuaded them to let me put my ipod in their docking station and press ‘shuffle’

After an hour or so, this friend was moved to say that my choice of music was unremittedly depressing. I begged to differ, but having had shuffle on for a while, she is right. But I like it this way: I don’t think you can have a truly great rock song that is happy…

What I plan to do occasionally over the next few weeks is to feature some contenders for what I believe to be the saddest song I own.

There: at last, some light relief. I don’t do frivolity- best try (I made that up).

So with a loud ‘ta-da’ or at the least an ‘oh’ of existential angst, my first contender is ‘The Streets’ ‘Never went to church’.

I preached on this a few years back when I was asked to say a few words at a Year 11 prizegiving. The first line is a killer: ‘Two great European narcotics; Alcohol and Christianity.I know which one I prefer’. After that it gets lower and lower; the singer detailing his dad dying, missing him and trying to find faith.

Listen and weep. I sometimes do…

2 thoughts on “The saddest song:1”

  1. I announced to my daughter as we drove to school that I was going to play this in assembly.
    Are you sure Mum? You know you are not listening to the radio version.
    LOL I’ve checked ever since.

  2. Thanks for dropping by…I see we are in similar types of locations and situations.

    I’ll go back and listen to that again- I have 3 of his albums, I appreciate the poetry, but most I would not play in assembly. I would play that one (I’m listening to the album version)- it is clean…..

    I was caught out though a few days ago when my 9 year old found the excellent song ‘Jiggery Pokery’ by the Duckworth Lewis Method (you would have to appreciate cricket and listen to it on spotify or to get it though…)

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