Lyrics of the Week – Week 17


Dedicated to my Uncle Scott, my source for everything 80s :).

“Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” by The Smiths

Good times for a change.
See, the luck I’ve had
Can make a good man
Turn bad.

So please, please, please
Let me, let me, let me,
Let me get what I want
This time.

Haven’t had a dream in a long time.
See, the life I’ve had
Can make a good man bad.

So for once in my life
Let me get what I want.
Lord knows, it would be the first time.
Lord knows, it would be the first time.

The first time I heard this popular 80s tune was in the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. It plays during the cult museum scene when Cameron Frye sees himself as the little boy in Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte painting. The scene is meant to be reflective of life, but I can’t help snicker when I see the expression on Cameron’s face. I fear for his life because at that moment he realizes he doesn’t know what he wants out of life. Oh yeah, and his dad is going to kill him in a few hours when he brings the Ferrari home.

In regards to the essence of this post, we (and I) take too much for granted—>Want, want, want! However, I think the person reciting these lyrics (whoever he/she may be at any given time) is solely wishing for “good times, for a change”. The words are not meant to be greedy, but hopeful. This song holds an ABAB form, simple and to the point. In fact, the recording is only 1:51 in time.

The most heroic and universal ideas can be expressed with the fewest words.

Photo Credit: The Smiths

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2 responses to “Lyrics of the Week – Week 17

  1. Love The Smiths!!! Love Morrisey!! Love you! Happy Thanksgiving Krista!!!!

  2. I love you too Kiki!!! Can’t wait to see you next!

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