"Bigmouth Strikes Again" as written by Johnny Marr and Steven Patrick Morrissey....
Sweetness, sweetness I was only joking
When I said I'd like to smash every tooth
In your head

Oh sweetness, sweetness, I was only joking
When I said by rights you should be
Bludgeoned in your bed

And now I know how Joan of Arc felt
Now I know how Joan of Arc felt
As the flames rose to her roman nose
And her Walkman started to melt
Oh

Bigmouth, la bigmouth, la
Bigmouth strikes again
And I've got no right to take my place
With the Human race

Oh, bigmouth, la bigmouth, la
Bigmouth strikes again
And I've got no right to take my place
With the Human race

And now I know how Joan of Arc felt
Now I know how Joan of Arc felt
As the flames rose to her roman nose
And her hearing aid started to melt

Bigmouth, la bigmouth, la
Bigmouth strikes again
And I've got no right to take my place
With the Human race
Oh

Bigmouth, oh bigmouth, la
Bigmouth strikes again
And I've got no right to take my place
With the Human race
Oh

Bigmouth, oh bigmouth, la
Bigmouth strikes again
And I've got no right to take my place
With the Human race
Oh

Bigmouth, oh bigmouth, la
Bigmouth strikes again
And I've got no right to take my place
With the Human race
Oh


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"Bigmouth Strikes Again" as written by Johnny Marr Steven Morrissey

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  • +15
    My InterpretationIt just hit me today that the Joan of Arc bit is very simple. Say the wrong thing, burn with embarrassment.
    jbcon April 16, 2012   Link
  • +11
    General CommentSerious? This song is a hilarious indictment of Morrissey's own big mouth! He is the Joan of Arc of this song and the flames he's talking about are those he brought on himself by mouthing off about the royal Family, Madonna, and too many other subjects to name. That's why I loved him--his crackpot statements and acidic wit were second to none in the music business. People who didn't get the humor in the Smith's songs were totally missing the point.
    BobCon June 21, 2002   Link
  • +6
    General CommentThe first verses of this song are absolutely brilliant. They're immerse in a humour aura that I can't even understand fully. "I was only joking when I said I'd like to smash every tooth in your head" and such other phrases in other Smiths songs, like "I still love you, just a slightly less then I used to, my love" are what give the band this strong identity. Sorry for the poor english. Gabriel, Brasil
    gabrielshavoon March 29, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentHaha, this song sounds to me like a self-criticism...Morrisey talks too much! Also, I've always seen the subject of Morrisey's sexuality debated, and he never quite gave clear answers in interviews, and it just may be about when Johnny Marry spilled the beans in an interview found here:
    cemetrygates.com/vault/smiths/…
    Jawshon February 10, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentMorrissey once said 'I never intended to be controversial, but it's very easy to be controversial in pop music, because nobody ever is.'
    manic4manicson July 01, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song sounds really serious until you listen carefully. Morrissey is a big goofball.
    feinsteinon June 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI came across Placebo's version of this song while digging for some of their obscure tracks, then was taken in by The Smiths' original version. I'd never considered the humor angle of this song before... that would explain the cartoonish, Chipmunk-like background vocals. They make a good harmony, but sound totally silly.
    presidentandceoon April 09, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe guitar in this song is amazing.
    it gives me chills.
    digitalloveon October 24, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti used to think there was a chipmunk-voiced woman in the smiths because of this song.
    vadgeon November 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThree fun songs on one smiths album? (Some Girls doesn't count because the music is too gorgeous.) Give that man a miserable pill!
    Boss Manon July 17, 2005   Link

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