"Girl Afraid" as written by Johnny Marr and Steven Patrick Morrissey....
Girl afraid
Where do his intentions lay ?

Or does he even have any ?

She says :

"He never really looks at me
I give him every opportunity
In the room downstairs
He sat and stared
In the room downstairs
He sat and stared
I'll never make that mistake again !"

I'll never make that mistake again
I'll never make that mistake again

Boy afraid
Prudence never pays

And everything she wants costs money

"But she doesn't even like me !
And I know because she said so
In the room downstairs
She sat and stared
In the room downstairs
She sat and stared
I'll never make that mistake again !"


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"Girl Afraid" as written by Johnny Marr Steven Morrissey

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  • +6
    General CommentI think another interpretation of this song is that the mentioned girl is so preoccupied with fear over whether this boy likes her; her perceptions and interpretations of situations are so poignantly negative, that she is bringing about the feared rebuffing, as he perceives her fear as indifference towards him. Basically, it's a song about insecurity and muddled interpretations that, say, people with paranoia might experience.
    the-princess-is-madon November 07, 2006   Link
  • +5
    General Commentits just an observation of the confusion that comes from relating to the opposite sex, I love the way that he doesn't pass judgement he doesn't say oh if only she knew that... or he knew... instead he just plainly states that sometimes it just doesn't work - ah I know the situtaion so well. good bit of music too, unerrated.
    tallulaton December 27, 2004   Link
  • +4
    General CommentSomeone will come on here soon and say its about a girl who is afraid she is gay because in every single smiths and morrissey song someone always says that
    mdeaveson January 25, 2005   Link
  • +4
    General Comment"prudence never pays
    and everything she wants costs money"

    i like the double meaning of "prudence" in this song.
    vadgeon October 11, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI thought this song related really well to the situation I was in recently until I finally decided to say something to the girl I imagined was 'afraid' of her feelings for me. Turns out she wasn't even vaguelly interested and fancys her boss. Thanks a lot morrissey. It's a bit like when I quit my job because of the lyrics to 'working for the clampdown' by the clash. Fat lot of good that ever did me...
    Random Boyon March 29, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAwesome song.

    Also, a possible link from this song to another one, that I chanced upon -- there's an old song called Lily of Laguna, which features the line, 'I know she likes me, because she says so'. Is it possible that Morrissey was intentionally playing with this line when he wrote, 'But she doesn't even like me, and I know because she said so'?

    I've never seen this mentioned before, and am interested to see what people think of it.
    AdamBon February 02, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI just finished re-reading John Fowles' great early novel, The Collector, and I am convinced that this song is based on that novel. It is about a man who collects butterflies and when he wins a lottery, decides to buy a house in the country and "collect" a girl he's "in love with" (they made a film of it, too, which I believe Morrissey mentions in another song). The "collector" imprisons her in his basement ("in the room down there / she sat and stared") and claims to be in love with her. The novel explores both perspectives and we come to understand both of them on various psychological and social levels. The first part of the novel is told from his perspective and the second part is from the girl's perspective (girl afraid / boy afraid). It fits so well, and this song has to be one of the most succinct and insightful adaptation I've ever heard/read. He's summed the novel up in two stanzas and two verses while still remaining true to its essence. Brilliant!
    annetteabmaon November 21, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCan't say I can relate to this song that much. I've never had a problem in the "room downstairs" if ya catch my drift. Oh Yeah! Givem the old Hoo Ha and Hey!
    No seriously. I'm just being an ass. I can totally relate to the lyrics and the guitar is so good.
    Kaguthon February 10, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenta girl who doesn't get that she is dating a shy guy.

    a shy guy who is completely unsure without an idea what doing next...
    rubberringon June 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"dude my life in a song"

    You said it best ;).

    Life is just too short.
    forgotten412on September 19, 2007   Link

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