It’s tough to see the poets of your youth turn into the mordant cynics of middle-age. The Times of London‘s man at Morrissey’s Albert Hall show is shocked and disappointed by an alteration of the sacred text:
The sea-change was confirmed by a retooling of another Smiths classic, the ode to loneliness How Soon is Now. Stark lyrical changes to the song included the line: “There’s a club if you’d like to go, you could meet somebody who can actually stand you/ So you go and you stand on your own and leave on your own. What a big surprise.”
Morrissey is also described as bloated and “looking unhealthy and uncomfortable.” Maybe he looked unhealthy and uncomfortable on the outside because unhealthy and uncomfortable was how he felt on the inside.