This song's jolly singalong tune does not hide Morrissey's barbed birthday wishes aimed at an unknown recipient. Guitarist Johnny Marr said this is one of his favorite Smiths tracks.
"The music, what's going on between Andy's bass and my guitar, is one of the things I still hold up as being unique and no one else has ever done quite done," he explained. "Only we could play it and only Morrissey could sing it."
"The Way" by Fastball was inspired by the story of an elderly couple from Texas who drove to a nearby family reunion and kept going. Fastball's bass player imagined them taking off and having fun like they were young. The story didn't end well: the couple was later found dead after they crashed in a canyon.