England in a coma, I know / I know it’s serious.
During Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday (June 29), David Cameron called Morrissey his “favourite man” while goading the opposition with misquoted Smiths’ lyrics: “As someone about to enter the political graveyard perhaps I could misquote my favourite man and say ‘let’s meet at the cemetery gates!”
(The actual lyric from 1986’s ‘Cemetry Gates’ is: “So I meet you at the cemetry gates.”)
Our soon-to-be-leaving PM – who is a self-confessed fan of the Smiths, despite being banned from listening to them by guitarist Johnny Marr – also attempted to quote ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out,’ in response to a jibe from Labour’s Kerry McCarthy.
Cameron said the song “actually involves a double suicide,” adding: “I think the lyrics are ‘If a double decker bus crashes into us, there’s no finer way… than by your side’. I think. I think I’m right in saying.”
(The actual lyrics are: “And if a double decker bus crashes into us, to die by your side is such a heavenly way to die”.)
God only knows what Moz will make of all this.
Now treat your eyes to this incredible fan video for ‘Cemetry Gates’.