3643. “The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death” by The Housemartins

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Apparently, “The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death” is about the English royal family. I just thought it was an upbeat song about people who were poor and starving but kept on smiling anyways.

See, I should know better than that. At the time, the two main interests of Housemartins singer/songwriter Paul Heaton were Marxism and Christianity – and always biting commentary. Almost all of The Housemartins songs make more sense when viewed through that lens.

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