"Half a Person" as written by Johnny Marr and Steven Patrick Morrissey....
Call me morbid, call me pale
I've spent six years on your trail
Six long years
On your trail

Call me morbid, call me pale
I've spent six years on your trail
Six full years of my life on your trail

And if you have five seconds to spare
Then I'll tell you the story of my life
Sixteen, clumsy and shy
I went to London and I
I booked myself in at the why W.C.A.
I said I like it here, can I stay ?
I like it here, can I stay ?
Do you have a vacancy
For a back-scrubber?

She was left behind, and sour
And she wrote to me, equally dour
She said in the days when you were
Hopelessly poor
I just liked you more

And if you have five seconds to spare
Then I'll tell you the story of my life
Sixteen, clumsy and shy
I went to London and I
I booked myself in at the why W.C.A.
I said I like it here, can I stay ?
I like it here, can I stay ?
And do you have a vacancy
For a back-scrubber?

Call me morbid, call me pale
I've spent too long on your trail
Far too long
Chasing your tail
Oh

And if you have five seconds to spare
Then I'll tell you the story of my life
Sixteen, clumsy and shy
That's the story of my life
Sixteen, clumsy and shy
The story of my life
That's the story of my life
That's the story of my life
That's the story of my life
The story of my life
That's the story of my life
That's the story of my life
That's the story of my life
That's the story of my life
That's the story of my life
That's the story


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"Half a Person" as written by Johnny Marr Steven Morrissey

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  • +9
    General CommentOne of the most fantastic verses in this song:

    I've spent six years on your trail
    Six full years of my life on your trail
    And if you have five seconds to spare
    Then I'll tell you the story of my life:

    He spends 6 full years obsessed with a person and asks back only 5 seconds from her! This is fantastic! This is Morrissey!!!!
    Acesgirlon March 07, 2006   Link
  • +7
    General CommentI concur with most of the above suggestions. HALF A PERSON is one of Morrissey's finest moments -- a Smithian treasure tucked away on a B-Side aimed at unfurling a circular relationship between himself the pop star and the young boy who like us is on a journey of discovery from small town to the big city, from a position of despair and strangeness to one of metaphorical prostitution to become what we want, SOMEBODY. And in our glory we are told that we are missed for our adolescent endearing troubles selves and we yearn again for those make belive days and the full circle continues. Morrissey lived this as do many a clumsy, shy teenager with a dream. Will you fall into the circle? I am and I hope only that I am soon promoted from back scrubber.
    davidbeauyon September 11, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti especially like the repetition of certain phrases within the lyrics - e.g. "six long years on your trail." The repetition gives the phrase a feeling of almost an indictment of the other person.
    DPR4444on June 15, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis is my FAVORITE smiths song by far...
    clumsy and shyon April 16, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it's him realising that no matter how famous and rich he is going to get it's not actually going to change his life. He'll always be 16, clumsy and shy.

    In fact, his success has managed to alienate him from people who might have liked him in the past. It's increased his isolation when he thought it would make his life better.
    Aurora2on October 26, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOne of the most fantastic verses in this song:

    I've spent six years on your trail
    Six full years of my life on your trail
    And if you have five seconds to spare
    Then I'll tell you the story of my life:

    He spends 6 full years obsessed with a person and asks back only 5 seconds from her! This is fantastic! This is Morrissey!!!!
    Acesgirlon March 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love this song. i tried looking for some hidden meaning but all i could come up with was that it's this guy who chased this girl and that they were both poor but when he came back from the "YWCA" he was better off and he had changed. maybe it has nothing to do with money. but i love this song.
    socialdisease89on September 28, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe backscrubber and YWCA mentions are, I belive, in reference to his support of the feminist cause (at least, early in his life). But it also factors well in the self-loathing the title suggests.
    smithskid84on November 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've always been absolutely cuckoo over this song...

    But, correct me if I'm wrong: Isn't "she wrote to me on the hour" supposed to be "she wrote to me equally dour"? I thought that it sounded slightly more accurate...
    LostOnTheCarpeton February 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"But, correct me if I'm wrong: Isn't "she wrote to me on the hour" supposed to be "she wrote to me equally dour"? I thought that it sounded slightly more accurate... "

    Yes, you are right, he sings "she wrote to me, equally dour" but for whatever weird reason, in Louder Than Bombs lyric sheet it says "she wrote to me on the hour" (?!) That's not the only case that the lyrics in the lyric sheet are different from what Morrissey actually sings in the song.
    nightanddayon May 15, 2006   Link

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