11 Nov 2014

The Very Best of Morrissey's Lyrics

Every Morrissey fan is aware of the bad news that we have been greeted with recently. But this is not a time for sadness. He is well, he is still touring, and with his show at the O2 fast approaching, he deserves to be celebrated. We take a look back at his entire discography including solo work and The Smiths, and decided on our very favourite - and sometimes controversial - lyrical genius.

"Let me get my hands on your mammary glands / and let me get your head on the conjual bed." 

Handsome Devil by The Smiths:
 Just about as explicit that The Smiths' lyrics ever got, Morrissey's tales of sexual lust are a rarity and this particular lyric is a favourite of mine. It sums up the beautiful honesty of his straight-talking, no nonsense desires. An absolute classic.

"I'd like to drop my trousers to the queen / every sensible child will know what this means."

Nowhere Fast by The Smiths:
Morrissey's anti-monarchy views were made fairly clear when The Queen Is Dead was released and this song only backs it up. Without being too rude, his simple 'jokey' nature about dropping his trousers to the queen caused it's fair share of controversy. Nothing new then!


 "Sweetness, I was only joking when I said by rights you should be bludgeoned in your bed."

Bigmouth Strikes Again by The Smiths:
One of the most classic Moz lyrics, his charming ways came up with the lyrics that seem almost like an apology for the first time ever.  Wanting to apologise for joking about bludgeoning someone in their bed? It's absolutely unheard of.

"You're the one for me, fatty." 

You're The One For Me, Fatty by Morrissey:
Need I say much more? Surely the beautifully honest 'compliment' speaks for itself.

"So, I broke into the palace / With a sponge and a rusty spanner / She said, I know you, and you cannot sing /I said that’s nothing - you should hear me play piano” 

The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths:
Once again reiterating Moz' casual anarchism, his childish, sarcastic lyrics make for a wonderfully entertaining song from the title track off The Queen is Dead. 

"And if a double decker bus/ crashes into us / to die by your side is such a heavenly way to die." 

There Is A Light And It Never Goes Out by The Smiths:
One of the most universally loved songs by music fans all over the world. Simple words, with a dark underlay. It's beautiful adoration, yet in the way Morrissey knows how, it's majorly twisted romance.

"I am the son / and the heir / of a shyness that is criminally vulgar."

How Soon Is Now - The Smiths
The song most famous for its killer riff is only made all the better by the lyrics which continue to cause debate amongst fans. Is it son and heir? or sun and air? Once again, an astonishingly clever lyrics from Moz and really, that guitar riff from Marr is something very very special.

"You have never been in love / until you've seen the sunlight thrown / over smashed human bone."

First Of The Gang To Die - Morrissey
Probably one of Morrissey's most famous solo songs, taking 7 years out between albums did nothing to harm his writing power. If only, it made his lyrics 10x better. It is truly beautiful but with the added shoutout to 'smashed human bone' it becomes one of the most classic Moz lyrics to this date.