"It's Hard to Walk Tall When You're Small" as written by and Steven Patrick/whyte Morrissey....
I can kill standing still
It's easy
I can scare with a stare
It's easy

Hey Ringo
It's sad though
Because it's hard to walk tall
When you're small
Whether dressed in
Disciplined style
Never mind
When you're small
You walk as if you're falling

I attack from the back
Because it's easy
And I can assail
While wearing very nice jewelry

Oh hey Ringo
It's sad though
Because it's hard to walk tall
When you're small
Whether dressed in
Disciplined style
Never mind
When you're small
You spend your life crawling

I burst into
Public baths
And I throw my weight around
And no one can even see me
No one can even see me
Nobody can see me
No one can see me

Success is just a mess
Hey Ringo
It's sad though
Because it's hard to walk tall
When you're small
Whether dressed in
Disciplined style
Never mind
When you're small
You're bound to look ???

So compadre
Please do this for me
Compadre please read for me
Compadre
Compadre
Please read for me


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"It's Hard to Walk Tall When You're Small" as written by Alain Gordon Whyte Steven Morrissey

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    General CommentI've always liked this song. Yes, it's another Morrissey song in the vein of self-depreciation. He peppers the lyrics with interesting hints, though, that leave much to the imagination..."I burst into public baths" -- my friend and I joke that he's referring to the Hollywood Spa -- which is right down the street from where he lived; I could just see Morrissey going in through the back in disguise and setting up shop in a private room ("with a view") ..."and no one can even see me" I'm sure this interp. is a stretch but can someone please draw these lyrics together into a cohesive analysis -- I'd be very interested to solve this song
    davidbeauyon August 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAnd no, the last line is 'please - weep for me'.

    And he's clearly taking the piss out of meaningless drummers, like Mike Joyce.
    Especially when they pull a trick like pushing Morrissey into court to get some money.
    He uses the shitty drummer of the Beatles to cover it up. And Ringo Starr is only 1,68m.
    So he's dragging old Ringo along just for being literally small. Which I find brilliant :-)
    (In fact Ringo has a much bigger ego than Paul, so he deserves this aswell. Untalented arrogant prick.)
    Duffoon October 21, 2009   Link
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    Song Meaningdavidbeauy - You're an idiot. Public baths? Get the lyrics right and then make an interpretation. He's obviously referring to Mike Joyce and the falling out he had with him and the Smiths. He's calling him Ringo, like you would call a speeder, "Hey, slow down, Earnhardt!" There's nothing cryptic about the lyrics.
    johndavidon November 05, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe song is about his former drummer, Joyce, who sued him (successfully) in court. the album has a freakin lyric sheet, and the it is Ringo - except for the last verse when it is GRINGO...
    tao2911on January 16, 2012   Link
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    General CommentJust to say. it's "public bars" not "baths".

    Public bar is an old-fashioned name for a pub.
    Aurora2on April 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't think it's in the vein of self-deprecation. As Ringo Starr was the drummer in The Beatles, the "Hey Ringo" bit leads me to believe that Morrissey is probably singing about Mike Joyce, or another ex-drummer.
    Shadeson June 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI always thought he was saying 'Gringo' (pronounced 'ringo') which is mexican slang for a white person. It makes sense considering his locale in L.A. and his recent fascination with Mexico... other then that, I really have no ideas.
    mopo976on December 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commentalso; the last line isn't 'read' it's 'reach'.
    mopo976on January 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDoes the word "compadre" exist in english? Or is it probably the misspelling of "compare" which in italian means fellow, endorsing the theory that Moz refers to his former mate?
    ilganzopedeon April 20, 2010   Link
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    General Commentwalking tall.. ridding on the success of the band. being small... not actualy having much talent. its sad though... its sad to be claming hollow talent. its clearly about the drummer... not a very friendly song. clever tho.
    osilatewildeon September 11, 2010   Link

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