"Dear God, Please Help Me" as written by Alain Gordon Whyte and Steven Patrick Morrissey....
I am walking through Rome
With my heart on a string
Dear God, please help me

And I am so very tired
Of doing the right thing
Dear God, please help me

There are explosive kegs
Between my legs
Dear God, please help me

Will you follow and know
Know me more than you do
Track me down
And try to win me?

Then he motions to me
With his hand on my knee
Dear God, did this kind of thing happen to you?

Now I'm spreading your legs
With mine in-between
Dear God, if I could I would help you

And now I am walking through Rome
And there is no room to move
But the heart feels free

The heart feels free
The heart feels free
But the heart...feels free

The heart feels free
The heart feels free

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"Dear God Please Help Me" as written by Alain Gordon Whyte Steven Morrissey

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  • +10
    General CommentWhile I do think that the lyrics probably are meant to be as much a love song to Rome, I also think that they are quite literally about the redemptive and transformative power of finally being able to shed the guilt about one's sexuality, let someone get that close to you, fulfill the desires that have been locked inside of you, unfulfilled for so long. It's about falling in love and allowing yourself to experience physical pleasure and intimacy without self-loathing, maybe for the first time. So many of you don't want to acknowledge that it's actually about sex at all. Are you uncomfortable because he's obviously talking about a man? I'm so glad he had the strength to write and sing this song as it stands. The vulnerability of human need, craving for closeness, the peace of coming to terms with who you are, so lovely and sweet. I wish he had done it in concert last night. So many people, especially Americans, view sex as something vulgar and base, or are uncomfortable when confronted by it, or find it unworthy as a topic for art, instead of a very basic, deep, sacred part of our lives, essential to our well-being as people to experience that kind of intimacy.
    nonspammedon May 08, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentWell. I can't beleieve people still think Moz is at all straight. But ANYWAY.. this song is beautiful, the church organs really get me. It may not be purely autobiograophical; though, you can't deny that every song he writes has some truth about himself.. didn't he say that once himself?
    kcsongbirdon April 14, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt seems as if Morrissey through this song declares a belief in fate. Through the song the protagonist pleads to God to free him from his fate and from not being able to control his own and other's (sometimes dark) desires and sins. The line "no room to move" signifies that he cannot by his own will stray from the path determined by his fate. The only thing in life that he still feels is free is his heart "but the heart feels free".
    slooow2on August 09, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt's weird that this song has no comments, because for all the speculation that all of Morrissey's other songs are about gay sex, this is the only one that seems to actually be.
    Crane42on May 16, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is my favorite song of the three I have found.

    Since I'm kinda dumb I don't really know the meaning. Maybe something along the lines of him being seduced by some guy and him giving into it and asking god for help to get out of it.

    LOL typical Morrissey and his homsexual ways. I LOVE YOU MORRISSEY!
    Laffz-A-Loton February 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that the thing Morrissey has fallen in love with in this song is Rome itself. He begins by saying 'I am walking through Rome with my heart on a string' - Moz stated in a recent interview that when he first visited Rome it never made a huge impression on him, and this line seems to highlight this uncomfortabilty. The stanza about 'spreading someone's legs,'I think, is merely Rome personified - he is just using the image of sex to show how he has fallen for the city i.e. he is making love with it. Moz has never actually stated that he is involved in a relationship, only that he has found love. People have just seemed to put two and two together and have come up with 12, as they say. Moz has deliberately used these ambiguous images because of the ambuiguity. That's not too say that the sex lines aren't in some way autobiographical but I don't think the image is the focal point in this song. Moz ends by saying 'the heart feels free.' He has finally found a place where he feels comfortable. I really don't think this is in anyway Moz's 'coming out song' as some have suggested. It's also interesting to note how he changes the tense - 'he' motions to me' and 'now im spreading 'your' legs.' Brilliant, heart felt song.
    NewKillerStaron April 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHmm. I'm quite skeptical of the view that the song's about his love of Rome because of the verse:

    "Will you follow and know
    Know me more than you do
    Track me down and try to win me"

    It seems to me that someone following him and tracking him down would apply more to a person than a city.
    Uber_Geekon April 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is such a beautiful song, everytime i hear it, i get shivers down my spine. i personally think it is about moz 'finding himslf' with a guy in rome, and i think its really brave of him to sing about something like that. XD <3
    purpledinosauron September 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen I listen to this song, I imagine a young priest... He's walking through Rome (the Vatican?) and he's like tormented by lust and desire, which go against his faith and rules. He prays God to help him in those moments of temptation...and he's praying even while it seems he DOES give in and seems he's having a sexual approach.
    The end sounds like: I know I've probably lost God's protection and I cannot depend on Him anymore (I even haven't got a place to go anymore!), 'cause of my sins...BUT now my heart feel free... Free to love, free to feel loved, and to make love.
    bees-kneeson January 24, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow. That just blew me way.
    Songmeaningsuseron April 03, 2006   Link

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