"Life Is A Pigsty" as written by Alain Gordon Whyte and Steven Patrick Morrissey....
It's the same old S.O.S.
But with brand new
Broken fortunes,
And once again I turn
To you
Once again, I do
I turn to you

It's the same old S.O.S
But with brand new
Broken fortunes
I'm the same
Underneath
But this, you
You surely knew

Life is a pigsty
Life is a pigsty
Life is a pigsty
Life, life is a pigsty
Life, life is a pigsty
Life, life is a pigsty
Life, life is a pigsty

and if you don't know this
Then what do you know?
Every second of my life
I only live for you
And you can shoot me
And you can throw me off a train
I still maintain
I still maintain
Life, life is a pigsty
Life is a pigsty

and I've been shifting gears all of my life
But I'm still the same underneath
And this you surely knew

I can't reach you
I can't reach you
I can't reach you anymore

Can you please stop time?
Can you stop the pain?
I feel too cold
And now I feel too warm again
Can you stop this pain?
Can you stop this pain?
Even now in the final hour
Of my life
I'm falling in love again
Again
Again

Even now in the final hour
Of my life
I'm falling in love again
Again
Again
Again
Again

I'm falling in love again
Again
Again
Again


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"Life Is a Pigsty" as written by Steven Patrick Morrissey Alain Gordon Whyte

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  • +4
    General CommentIm forced to concur with so many here. Especially xdarkentries and girl least likely.

    How does morrisey consistently thread this fine needle? Humour, and pain. When I'm not amused and deeply feeling every inch of this sone lines like " shoot me or throw me off a train" are so dramatic i cant help but feel a twinge of empathetic pain...and yet i can't help but giggle a bit too!

    And when i'm happy he can still bring me back to this drafty damp place, wandering shells of building, mourning some imagined lost love. A true artist writer and performer every inch.. Thanks Moz. I hear you voice in my head and think of you kindly.
    eddiebon March 05, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMozz has this wonderful way of conveying emotion and hitting my heart while making me smile. The line about throwing him off a train just ruins my composure.
    xdarkentrieson April 04, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentkeli_1989, you definitely need to get out more; the world is FULL of pigs (and crashing bores). If you don't know this, then what do you know?

    Definitely one of the best build-up songs, even if the lyrics do lack a bit of detail.
    Zealon January 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentKeli_1989, from your username I'm guessing you're 17/18... u just wait a few years and then you'll be jaded like the rest of us! ;-)

    Great song by the way
    Yer_Maon February 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou dont need to be older than 17/18 to know that life is a pigsty. I quickly found that out years ago. Thats the reason I got into Morrissey and The Smiths. This songs one of his best solo efforts and great live. To its meaning, well the name says it all.
    Mr_Soulon March 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentInsertEmoNameHere, you're quite right. I adore the album version of this song, but there is NOTHING like hearing it live. It hits you right in the gut.

    One of my (many) favorite bits is:

    I feel too cold
    And now I feel too warm again

    It's so simple, but it immediately conveys an absolute discomfort and restless unhappiness. Morrissey has, in my opinion, always been very good at using physical details to represent emotional or mental states, and this is a perfect example of that.
    girl_least_likelyon July 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think this song represents Morrisey's Job-like lamentations about the pain and distress of life. One gets one's hopes up, things seem to get better for a time, and then the crash comes and one finds new "broken fortunes." Morrisey also reflects that even after all his fame and fortune, "I'm the same underneath"--a reference, no doubt, to unhealed childhood traumas that no amount of wealth and fame can heal.

    And yet for all his agony and angst, Moz loves life and the Source of life, to which this song is addressed: ("Every second of my life I only live for you.")

    Yet like Job, who suffered so much at the hands of God, for no apparent reason, Morrisey questions why he must endure all the pain: "Can you please stop time?/Can you stop the pain?" Like Job, he WILL speak his mind to God, consequences be damned: "And you can shoot me, and you can throw me off a train/I still maintain/Life is a pigsty."

    By the song's end he has come full circle, from the opening's distress and broken fortunes; he has not given up on life or on God; though he is angry and hurt, he cannot give up, and even in "the final hour of my life/ I am falling in love again."
    Mojo09on December 18, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI get the feeling that last line is much darker than most people interpret it. I don't think he's insinuating that he's found someone to fall in love with again, contrasting the stark reality of death, as most people would seem to conclude. I think he's saying that in his final hour, he's accepted the fact he's going to die and he's fallen in love with that reality.

    This whole album seems preoccupied with the realities of getting older and dying. Morrissey has always written about pain and sadness, but this album in particular has an extremely dark subject matter, concerned specifically with a kind of finality and an focus specifically on getting on in life and death.

    This is easily one of Moz's most beautiful songs. It has an almost kind of "dumb" honesty to it, where some of the lines, if written by anyone else would be considered bland, passe, flip, or potentially even just bad writing, but Morrissey has an amazing sense of juxtaposition and the whole is greater the sum of its parts, and the whole is one of the most blisteringly devastating songs ever written.
    mortsubiteon September 20, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis has one of the best build ups i've ever heard
    NewKillerStaron April 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEasily one of my favourites from his new album. Brilliant, gets me sighing everytime I hear it.
    PGWFRon June 02, 2006   Link

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