"Scandinavia" as written by and Steven Patrick/boorer Morrissey....
I was bored in a fjord
And I curse the heart and soul
Of Scandinavia

Let the people burn
Let their children cry and die
In blind asylums

But then you came along
And you held out your hand
And I fell in love with you
And Scandinavia

I kiss the soil
I hug the soil
I eat the soil
And I praise the God who made you

Stab me in your own time in Scandinavia
Unprotesting I'll die in Scandinavia

Pinned to a crime in Trondheim
I despise each syllable in Scandinavia

Let the people burn
Let their children cry and die
In blind asylums

But then you came along
And you held out your hand
And I fell in love with you
And Scandinavia

I kiss the soil
I hug the soil
I eat the soil
And I praise the God who made you

Stab me in your own time in Scandinavia
I'd be so happy to die in Scandinavia


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"Scandinavia" as written by Steven Patrick Morrissey Martin James Boorer

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    General CommentThis is one of Morrissey's most profound and poetic songs. Its first stanza is an allusion to political correctness - replace the locations with African locales:

    "Crime in Uganda;
    I despise each syllable in "Africa".
    Let the people burn,
    Let their children cry and die in blind asylum."

    But Morrissey knows he can't be called racist for maligning Scandinavia.

    "And I praise the god who made you.
    Stab me in your own time in Scandinavia.
    Uncomplaining I'd die in Scandinavia."

    This is a racial acknowledgment. Morrissey is saying "Thank god for Nordic peoples!" Further, he acknowledges their racial superiority over he himself, as an Irish / English Celt, with the line "Stab me in your own time in Scandinavia."
    cinesison September 10, 2012   Link
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    General Comment While the other theories are rather interesting, but maybe Moz saw the beginning of the mass emigration from Islamic nations to Sweden and Norway and wrote this--the hatred of the culture, the violent imagery, the elements of racism, "pinned to a crime," etc.

    There is also a difference of religious/cultural identity, "praise the god that made ya," suggesting a difference in belief.

    I also see some unhinged, unstable behavior in the extreme flights of emotion from cursing a nation to the worship of its very soil through the process of a single person holding out their hand.

    To me it's rather a fatalistic love song from a doomed emigrant to a cold country...in some ways it reminds me of "There is a Light" in it's wild passion mixed with death-obsessed doom.

    But maybe I'm using hindsight. YMMV.

    Analogmozon March 31, 2016   Link

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