‘I was a unique talent,’ says John, in lugubrious tones.
One will certainly be forgiven for harboring similar reservations about the religious tradition that grew up around this lugubrious symbol.
‘I think of myself as pretty much an undiscovered genius,’ quips the lugubrious 47-year-old.
I toured the small cemetery with its sad tombstone inscriptions, and then took the short boat trip back to Ile Royale, where a lugubrious guide pointed out the almond tree under which the guillotine used to stand.
A tall, lugubrious man wearing what looked suspiciously like a parka, he at first spoke so quietly nobody could hear.
He has this rather lugubrious expression and a kind of lethargy that makes you wonder if he finds it a bit of a pain to keep himself alive by breathing in and out.
I think it's better to be a little bit humorous, not just lugubrious if you can help it.
The mood in their haunted honky-tonk runs from lugubrious laments to boisterous boogies, drawing in touches of ragtime, country, blues and cabaret.
And so my evening ended with the lugubrious sight and sound, fortunately unseen and unheard, of a chubby old poet singing along to a faltering self-accompaniment, working through a few old style songs.
One element in the puzzling Aberdeen which has changed, however, is the boss who, while still displaying the same lugubrious demeanour, has learned several savage lessons about the Premier League.