"The First Of The Gang To Die" as written by Alain Gordon Whyte and Steven Patrick Morrissey....
You have never been in love
Until you've seen the stars
Reflect in the reservoirs

And you have never been in love
Until you've seen the dawn rise
Behind the home for the blind

We are the pretty, petty thieves
And you're standing on our street

Where Hector was the first of the gang
With a gun in his hand
And the first to do time
The first of the gang to die

Oh my, Hector was the first of the gang
With a gun in his hand
And the first to do time
The first of the gang to die, oh, my

You have never been in love
Until you've seen the sunlight thrown
Over smashed human bones

We are the pretty petty thieves
And you're standing on our street

Where Hector was the first of the gang
With a gun in his hand
And the first to do time
The first of the gang to die

Such a silly boy
Hector was the first of the gang
With a gun in his hand
And a bullet in his gullet
And the first lost lad to go under the sod

And he stole from the rich and the poor
And the not very rich and the very poor
And he stole all hearts away
He stole all hearts away
He stole all hearts away
He stole all hearts away




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"First of the Gang to Die" as written by Alain Gordon Whyte Steven Morrissey

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    General CommentHmm, I always thought the lyrics were "Pretty penny thieves" not "Pretty petty things". It sounds like it could be both. I think I'm wrong though.
    fruitylalaland16on September 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis is, of course, a fantastic Morrissey song, but I think Zee Avi really makes it her own with her ukulele playing and vocal style. I think the Morrissey version is wry and cinematic, but the Zee Avi version is melacholy, with the kind of bravado that hides fragility.
    sharkycharmingon August 07, 2013   Link

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