"Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" as written by Johnny Marr and Steven Patrick Morrissey....
I was happy in the haze of a drunken hour
But heaven knows I'm miserable now

I was looking for a job, and then I found a job
And heaven knows I'm miserable now

In my life
Why do I give valuable time
To people who don't care if I live or die?

Two lovers entwined pass me by
And heaven knows I'm miserable now

I was looking for a job, and then I found a job
And heaven knows I'm miserable now

In my life
Oh, why do I give valuable time
To people who don't care if I live or die?

What she asked of me at the end of the day
Caligula would have blushed

"Oh, you've been in the house too long" she said
And I naturally fled

In my life
Why do I smile
At people who I'd much rather kick in the eye?

I was happy in the haze of a drunken hour
But heaven knows I'm miserable now

"Oh, you've been in the house too long" she said
And I naturally fled

In my life
Oh, why do I give valuable time
To people who don't care if I live or die?


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"Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" as written by Johnny Marr Steven Morrissey

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  • +7
    General CommentSometimes we cannot reckon a song's meaning. When all of a sudden we go through a situation and we listen to a certain song we can understand it perfectly. We drink and get happy for a moment, when the effect of alcohol is over, the "happiness" goes away. So we start analysing our life to check what's wrong, in his case he thought he needed a job when he got it he realized it was not what he needed. It just made him more miserable. He just reaches the answer when he sees the "lovers passing him by". As he tries to get rid of his misery he gives his time to people who don't care and will NEVER care about him. He does it aiming to find someone who cares.
    Acesgirlon February 22, 2006   Link
  • +5
    General CommentCaligula is an emperor who killed his own men, practiced incest with his sisters and threw unnecessary parties. Show how Morrissey knows his history. Great line!
    LeonDoon March 24, 2008   Link
  • +4
    General Commentthe songs wrote about the people in Morrissey's life, he didnt like, but had to spend time with, his work colleagues and bosses etc... he says so in this interview about 8.25 youtube.com/…
    jonnywardon June 04, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song rocks. It resonates with me for two reasons: One, yeah, it's catchy and Morrissey's voice, singing slightly behind the beat, complements the band's playing to perfecton.
    Two: despite the catchiness of the song, the lyrics themselves are very dark, bluesy, and common to our fickle condition.
    The song is almost schizophrenic in its nature: it sounds happy, yet the mood which the singer finds himself in is one of bitter agony. A bittersweet note indeed.
    What's great is that this is a song which one can listen to regardless of one's condition: happy or sad. What more can one ask for?
    ArtVandelayon August 31, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhat a great song. Somehow I always wind up listening to this song when I get some crappy job and then it hit's me, why am I giving my time to these automotons who don't care a whit about me? Kick them in the eye I will!
    Helixion June 12, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song's title is a pun on the Sandie Shaw song from the late 60's entitled "Heaven Knows I'm Missing Him Now".
    suede_headon June 12, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love this song, recently a I fell into a depression and this was the only song I could hear for a week. I don't know if it helped or it made me feel more depressed but It always makes me think about my life.
    NeonVeinson October 02, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhenever I start to slip into a depression this song resonates through my mind. I've never heard anyone more accurately describe how it feels to be down or depressed. Or just thinking about all the things that you are unhappy with in your life. I listen to this a lot when I'm sad, and it doesn't make me cry, but it definitely regenerates the mood. Not sure if its a good or bad thing but regardless I love this song whether I'm happy or sad. When I'm happy this song makes me reflect on the times I was down, but not necessarily in a bad way. This song truly sounds how emotions feel.
    mixmytapeon May 07, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAlthough my familiy doesn't like most of the music I listen to, this one struck a chord with all of them. Makes my dad laugh until he falls out of his chair.
    feinsteinon June 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSome of the funniest lyrics he ever wrote.
    Aurora2on October 26, 2004   Link

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