"These Things Take Time" as written by Johnny Marr and Steven Patrick Morrissey....
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the sacred wunderkind
You took me behind a dis-used railway line
And said "I know a place where we can go
Where we are not known"
And then you gave me something that I won't forget too soon
But I can't believe that you'd ever care
And this is why you will never care
But these things take time
I know that I'm
The most inept
That ever stepped

I'm spellbound, oh...but a woman divides
And the hills are alive with celibate cries
But you know where you came from, you know where
You're going and you know where you belong
You said I was ill, and you were not wrong
But I can't believe that you'd ever care
And so, you will never care
But these things take time
And I know that I'm
The most inept
That ever stepped

Oh, the alcoholic afternoons
When we sat in your rooms
They meant more to me
Than any, than any living thing on earth
They had more worth
Than any living thing on earth
On earth, on earth, oh ...

Vivid and in your prime
You will leave me behind
You will leave me behind


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"These Things Take Time" as written by Johnny Marr Steven Morrissey

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    General CommentThe sexual themes are there (it's the Smiths, after all) but this song always takes me to the relationships I wouldn't let happen because of my insecurity. When he sings "I can't belive you'd ever care..." well, first of all, the Louder Than Bombs version has a slight variation in the second chorus..."and so, you never cared" as opposed to "this is why you will never." I think it emphasises the fact he's been pushing the other away because of his own self-loathing...y'know, the "Unloveable" mentality. He loves her(more likely him), but cannot see how he could possibly be loved in return. He sees how ridiculous that is(I'm the most inept that ever stepped), and is trying(these things take time), but can't stop his way of thinking.
    smithskid84on October 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentScared virgin falls in love with more experienced man. However, the man is in the prime of his sex life, and the virgin feels he will seek better sex rather than "train" a virgin. The guy has direction, and its to fulfill his sexual needs to the best of his ability (You know where you came from/You know where you're going/You know where you belong). It's a depressing song fitting of the Smiths, as the virgin loves the man so much but feels that he puts sex over love.
    Goodjohnon December 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe comments on here about insecurity with sexuality I think are a good starting point for what I want to reflect on...

    In some traditions, sexuality is seen as a debilitating force. For example, in the buddhist and christian traditions of practicing monkhood. Also, in Yoga texts such as "the fountain of youth", the sexual force is viewed as the most powerful force in the universe, which in our society and culture is accepted as being purposed to manifest through the second vortex or chakrah. The yoga texts instructs on methods of channeling this ultimate energy into the higher realms of the self where there power creates a great self-actualized spirtiual presence and existence.

    I look around, and wanting to actually try and work towards such a discipline makes some sense to me (although I don't think I'm ready to dissolve all my illusions and begin). For, I see many very unhappy people who seem to think that sex will be a vehicle to a higher happiness, usually wrapped in myth of an over zealous belief in "romantic love". If you accept that romantic love is for the most part, a myth with roots in biological pro-creation, but nevertheless, the most common manifestion of this universal power - I think the lyrics take on a new dimension of self turmoil and desire for self understanding.

    Have you ever loved so much that it emptied you completely? Even more dangerous, attempted to love someone or something that did not return that precious life force you so freely gave? It is a life altering and reality shattering experience. Growing up and trying to come to terms with my own sexuality, and not being able to understand why my wanting something to be so sacred and beautiful - seemed to be nothing more than blowing a few orgasms and cumming and low animalistic pleasure to everyone else, was extreme source of spiritual turmoil and anguish in my adolescence.


    I see the lyrics coming from more of a emotional place with a hint of looking back melancholy - that I've attempted to describe above. The things that were remembered most, and that left the biggest impression, were the simple times of wasted youth, sitting together and experiencing the exchange of vital life energy, but indirectly - never actually in a disciplined fashion. Now gone and replaced with an adulthood of confusion, more disconnected to what comes so freely to adolscent sexuality...

    when we sat in your room
    they meant more to me than any
    than any living thing on earth

    Consider that the morrissey was always an enlightened being, and these lyrics are a manifestation of never really finding a connection to the world, and having to make do with the almost romantic memories of lying drunken in her room, like a youthful memory.
    jmoponfireon January 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti cant believe no one has commented on this song. hmm.
    well i think its about being insecure about something that could almost be a relationship.
    needafixon April 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentor insecure about sexuality
    FoRwHoMtHeBeLlToLlSon June 25, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI'm thinking of using the last verse for my senior quote. I'm not sure yet, but its one of my final choices.
    periwinklebydayon October 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI don't think this is about a woman purely based onthe lyric, I am spellbound but the woman divides and the hills are alive with celibate cries this implies that the girlfriend of someone is interferiing and prevents a relationship of some sort from developing...?

    I can't believe you'd ever care because you won't stick with me long enough for such feelings to form because I'm the most inept that ever stepped seems to be the message of this song to me
    tallulaton January 15, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord..."
    -Battle Hymn of the American Republic, Julia Howe

    "Our eyes have seen the glory ..."
    -Eamon de Valera, Irish Prime Minister


    The line "the hills are alive with celibate cries" could refer to the beginning of the film "The Sound of Music", where there are nuns singing on a hilltop.
    marquiceriseon December 28, 2005   Link
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    General Commentagain I think it's his insecurities, I think 'a woman divides' could mean what a woman represents divides, the whole woring class marraige theme . without marriage its cellibate cries but he doesnt know how he can keep this relationship with his low confidence
    all overon October 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love the lines 'oh the alcoholic afternoons' they're just perfect
    all overon October 23, 2006   Link

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