“Now, music, sound, and sing your solemn hymn.”

(Much Ado About Nothing, V.iii)
Directions: Listen to the song “How Soon is Now?” by The Smiths (read along with the lyrics, as well). Consider the following issues, discuss with fellow group members, and record your answers in your notebook:

  • What musical and lyrical elements contribute to the overall tone of this piece? Discuss specific examples and explain your reasoning.
  • Consider not only what is said and heard, but what is not said and heard. How does the song use the absence of lyrics in places to reinforce tone?

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I am the son
And the heir
Of a shyness that is criminally vulgar.
I am the son and heir
Of nothing in particular.
You shut your mouth
How can you say
I go about things the wrong way?
I am human and I need to be loved
Just like everybody else does.
I am the son
And the heir
Of a shyness that is criminally vulgar.
I am the son and heir
Of nothing in particular.
You shut your mouth
How can you say
I go about things the wrong way?
I am human and I need to be loved
Just like everybody else does.
There's a club, if you'd like to go
You could meet somebody who really loves you.
So you go, and you stand on your own
And you leave on your own
And you go home, and you cry
And you want to die.
When you say it's gonna happen "now"
Well, when exactly do you mean?
See I've already waited too long
And all my hope is gone.
You shut your mouth
How can you say
I go about things the wrong way?
I am human and I need to be loved
Just like everybody else does.