Don’t Forget the Songs-365: Mach Dos: Day 172
Sat. June 29, 2012

“I’m Not Sorry [live]”

“♫ […] because the
pleasure hasn’t
gone/ and I’m not
sorry for/ for the
things I’ve done

Is “I’m Not Sorry—” Morrissey’s lyrical homage to Edith Piaf’s “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien” or maybe Sinatra/ Viciously inspired “My Way?” Morrissey has been lipped tight about the inspiration for “I’m Not Sorry.” Even when he introduces my favorite cut from You Are Quarry at the Who Put the “M” in Manchester show, simply says— “I’m Not Sorry.”

An unapologetic and classic Morrissey lyric and one of his best of 2004’s You Are The Quarry. Subsequently, this live version from Who Put The “M” In Manchester is far superior to the original thanks to the Alain Whyte’s beautiful slide guitar wailing behind Morrissey’s vintage vocal.

In truth— “I’m Not Sorry” reflects the witticism of Morrissey’s idol Oscar Wilde who once famously said—“I shall be an enigma to the world of Pleasure, but a mouthpiece for the world of Pain.”

Depending on your point of you, many Moz fans disagree about whether “I’m Not Sorry” is worthy of inclusion as one of the best in Stephen Patrick’s eclectic song catalog. I hold the opinion that “I’m Not Sorry” is not only one of the best songs, Morrissey has penned in the last ten years—it reflects my intrinsic philosophy which Moz so eloquently shared when he was quoting as saying—”Whether you like me or not, I remain an individual…individually nauseating or individually interesting.”

Thank You Morrissey for helping realize— The past is prologue, the journey of the here and now is all that matters. Don’t let the past drag you backwards. So many are sinking under the weight in the missteps of yesteryear. Fixating on the past makes you age rapidly. There’s an honest, brutal, poetic of “I’m Not Sorry” that reflects the individual, yearning for expression that will always roar inside of me.

Morrissey said it best when he shared—“Age shouldn’t affect you. It’s just like the size of your shoes – they don’t determine how you live your life! You’re either marvelous or you’re boring, regardless of your age.” Morrissey is so right–Be ageless. Be brave. Be Kind. Love and Create. Those are the best qualities of Morrissey’s creative life I long to emulate. Most of all—Never apologize for being yourself and following your creative dreams.

“♫ I’m Not Sorry for The Things I’ve Done ♫”

P.S. Feliz Cumpleaños to my wife’s good friend Ms.L.K! We hope you enjoy your It’s Kettle Time in Manchester–Smiths/Morrissey birthday mix!