These Are The 15 Greatest Morrissey Lyrics Of All Time

From The Smiths to later solo work, these lyrics prove than Morrissey is a lyrical genius.

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Whether it be through his sublime work with The Smiths or his idiosyncratic solo work, Morrissey has proven himself as one of the wittiest, and most unique lyricists of his generation time after time.

Frequently hilarious, often outrageous and always inspired, his lyrics have struck a chord with fans from the moment The Smiths first burst on the scene with their debut since Hand In Glove back in 1984. 

The personal nature of his lyrics have helped creature a surprisingly intimate bond with fans, and  every Morrissey fan has their favourite lyric which they return to again and again.

In cerebration of the great man’s work, here are 15 of the greatest Morrissey lyrics of all time.

15

Ask

“Spending warm summer days indoors
Writing frightening verse
To a buck-toothed girl in Luxembourg”

 

14

William, It Was Really Nothing

“How can you stay with a fat girl who’ll say 
“Oh, would you like to marry me, 
And if you like you can buy the ring?”
She doesn’t care about anything…”

13

Shakespeare’s Sister

“I thought that if you had a acoustic guitar 
Then it meant that you were a protest singer”

12

I have Forgiven Jesus

“Monday – humiliation, 
Tuesday – suffocation, 
Wednesday – condescension, 
Thursday – is pathetic
By Friday life has killed me”

 

11

This Charming Man

“I would go out tonight 
But I haven’t got a stitch to wear 
This man said “it’s gruesome 
That someone so handsome should care””

10

Handsome Devil

“There’s more to life than books, you know, but not much more

9

Shoplifters of the World Unite

“I was bored before I even began”

8

Still Ill

“I decree today that life 
Is simply taking and not giving 

England is mine – it owes me a living”

7

It’s Not Your Birthday Anymore

“It’s not your birthday anymore
There’s no need to be kind to you
And the will to see you smile and belong has now gone.”

6

Cemetery Gates

“A dreaded sunny day
So I meet you at the cemetery gates
Keats and Yeats are on your side
While Wilde is on mine”

5

Irish Blood, English Heart

“Irish blood, English heart, this I’m made of
There is no one on earth I’m afraid of
And no regime can buy or sell me”

4

Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want

“So for once in my life, let me get what I want.

Lord knows it would be the first time”

3

Everyday Is Like Sunday

“This is the coastal town
That they forgot to close down
Armageddon, come Armageddon!”

2

There Is A Light And It Never Goes Out

“And if a double-decker bus, crashes into us.

To die by your side is such a heavenly way to die.” 

1

I know It’s Over

“It’s so easy to laugh, it’s so easy to hate

It takes guts to be gentle and kind”

 

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Loaded staff writer Harry Fletcher has covered news, sport and entertainment for several major websites across the UK. Follow him on Twitter at @Harry__Fletcher.