"You Were Good In Your Time" as written by and Steven Patrick/whyte Morrissey....
Your voice it might say "no"
But the heart has a will of its own
Your voice it might say "no"
But the heart has a heart of its own
It's not your birthday anymore
There's no need to be kind to you
And the will to see you smile and belong has now gone
It's not your birthday anymore
Did you really think we meant
All those syrupy, sentimental things
That we said?

It cannot be given
And so it must be taken
It cannot be given
And so it must be taken

All of the gifts that they gave can't compare in any way
To the love I am now giving to you
Right here, right now on the floor
All of the gifts that they gave can't compare in any way
To the love I am now giving to you
Right here, right now on the floor

It's not your birthday anymore
There's no need to be kind to you
And the will to see you smile and belong has now gone
It's not your birthday anymore
Did you really think we meant
All those syrupy, sentimental things
That we said yesterday?


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"You Were Good In Your Time" as written by Steven Morrissey Alain Gordon Whyte

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    General CommentIs he singing about himself?
    fakethulceon January 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentor about Bowie?? ha ha,...
    awakening 09on January 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy god morrissey is gold.
    JRKNOWSALLon January 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit is definitely a reference to his idols.
    and I also feel it's about the smiths as well.
    screenager1388on February 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWell I though it might be about himself, when he's said that this probably will be his last album
    sedativeon February 16, 2009   Link
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    General Commentabout the smiths um NO
    JRKNOWSALLon February 20, 2009   Link
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    General Commentreminds me of my best friend, he moved to Utah..I love him so much.
    Batsygirlon March 06, 2009   Link
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    General Commentyou guys are all way off . morrissey is singing about someone, probably he knows personally, on their deathbed, and him being there with them at the very end when they pass. a very sad song really. ive recently been through this experience and it makes total sense now.
    michaelhunton May 30, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionThis Song Really Makes You Think.
    Methtical07on November 18, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthese are the lyrics to 'It's Not Your Birthday Anymore,' not 'You Were Good in Your Time.'


    I think, like 'Paint a Vulgar Picture,' 'You Were Good In Your Time' is both about someone Morrissey looked up to and about Morrissey himself.
    Crane42on August 07, 2013   Link

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