"How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?" as written by and Steven Patrick/whyte Morrissey....
She told me she loved me
Which means
She must be insane
I've had my face dragged in
Fifteen miles of shit
And I do not and I do not
And I do not like it
So how can anybody say
They know how I feel?
The only one around here who is me
Is me

They said they respect me
Which means
Their judgment is crazy
I've had my face dragged in
Fifteen miles of shit
And I do not and I do not
And I do not like it
So how can anybody say
They know how I feel?
When they are they
And only I am I

He said he wants to befriend me
Which means
He can't possibly know me
The voices of the real
And the imagined cry:
"The future is passing you by
The future is passing you by"
So how can anybody possibly think they
Know how I feel?
Everybody look and see pain and walk away
And as for you in your uniform (we told you)
Your smelly uniform (we told you)
And so you think you can be rude to me
Because you wear a uniform (we told you)
A smelly uniform (we told you)
And so you think you can be rude to me
But even I as sick as I am
I would never be you
Even I as sick as I am
I would never be you
Even I sick and depraved
A traveler to the grave
I would never be you
I would never be you


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"How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?" as written by Steven Patrick Morrissey Alain Gordon Whyte

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    General CommentI think this song is about having your face dragged in 15miles of shit and not liking it..THE END!
    Crouchon July 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAs a teacher of English I have done an exercise with this song with my students numerously and there is one meaning that came to my mind and that is whether this song isn't a comment on the war in Iraq. America being 'she' and Iraq the narator:
    She told me she loved me
    which means
    she must be insane
    I've had my face dragged in
    fifteen miles of shit
    and I do not / and I do not
    and I do not like it
    so how can anybody say
    they know how I feel?
    the only one around here who is me
    is me
    All this reffering to the absolutely different environment in Middle East and America's self-pronouced comprehension of it.
    The reference to uniforms:
    as for you in your uniform (we told you)
    your smelly uniform (we told you)
    and so you think you can be rude to me
    because you wear a uniform (we told you)
    a smelly uniform (we told you)
    and so you think you can be rude to me
    And the statement of disdain for the American 'culture':
    but even I / as sick as I am
    I would never be you
    even I / as sick as I am
    I would never be you
    even I / sick and depraved
    a traveler to the grave
    I would never be you
    I would never be you
    And it would be quite typical for M. to defend a weak part and to say that it is a 'traveller to the grave' at the same time...
    What do you think? Far fetched?
    Paco Picopiedra
    ppicopiedraon December 14, 2004   Link
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    General Comment'As a teacher of English I have done an exercise with this song with my students numerously'

    As a teacher of English you really should know better.
    cromartyon December 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentHmm. I like the analysis but.
    Great works of are art often polysemic or done in a way that it's difficult to identify what is the source and the objective of the work.

    I believe the song is really about abuse of authority and who knows which specific situation is Morrisey singing about.

    M is very subtle when he writes these lyrics and that in their universality they can be interpreted as anything that suits the main motif -abuse of authority- and the USA-Iraq war is a clear example of that.

    The message of the song seems clear and generic. I like this song very much.
    raindog_mxon January 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti grant you that in the context of the record, being it's first lines "america your head's too big because america you're belly is too big"... in that context it could be. damn this postmodern poets uh.
    raindog_mxon January 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commentbut then maybe 'America' could be a big fat girl from Colombia.
    raindog_mxon January 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI really have no idea how this song can be seen as having to deal with America and Iraq. Sure 'America is not the world' is a bit obviously about such things but I see no real link here. Your analysis is interesting but a bit far fetched in my opinion.

    I think this song is about how people view him, how it confuses him that people can like him. Its hard for him to trust their motives and opinions after he's been 'dragged in 15 miles of shit' I see this as his general views on the world. How people idolize him, and he finds it 'insane' etc. How people numb themselves to others pain, yet claim to understand how they feel. And about how people in uniforms are the greatest abusers of power out there.

    Thats my take on it
    fallen_crow05on January 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song is about having a lot of people to have a preconceived notion about what a situation is and not really being able to step outside of ego enough to know what the true situation is. The tendency in people to think that they'd be better in the same situation, but no one really knowing but the person or their true feelings.
    xinniefulon April 02, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"The people who persist. Who stick their fingers on the bell and say 'I know that you're in there and I'll huff and I'll puff'. I can't even imagine those people buy my records or even understand me. I think the audience now has become so large that it's a collection of different people with different visions of what kind of a person I am." - Morrissey

    I think this song touches on how people are constantly judging him and making guesses about his sexuality and other lifestyles and how fans become obsessed like he said above.
    AshesInTheSkyon December 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first heard this song I thought it was about his High Court trial re: wages...where he lost the case. I can imagine the judge and police etc being rude to him. I think Morrissey likes to write about personal experience. I think this song is about him. I think the "15 miles of shit" refers to his lack of a record deal for like 7 years, plus his High Court trial.
    I think the uniform comments are just his general hatred for uniformed officers etc...
    enolfon February 02, 2006   Link

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