"Miserable Lie" as written by Johnny Marr and Steven Patrick Morrissey....
So, goodbye
Please stay with your own kind
And I'll stay with mine

There's something against us
It's not time
It's not time
So, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

I know I need hardly say
How much I love your casual way
Oh, but please put your tongue away
A little higher and we're well away
The dark nights are drawing in
And your humor is as black as them
I look at yours, you laugh at mine
And "love" is just a miserable lie
You have destroyed my flower-like life
Not once - twice
You have corrupt my innocent mind
Not once - twice
I know the wind-swept mystical air
It means : I'd like to see your underwear
I recognize that mystical air
It means : I'd like to seize your underwear
What do we get for our trouble and pain ?
Just a rented room in Whalley Range
What do we get for our trouble and pain ?
...Whalley Range !
Into the depths of the criminal world
I followed her ...

I need advice, I need advice
I need advice, I need advice
Nobody ever looks at me twice
Nobody ever looks at me twice

I'm just a country-mile behind
The world

I'm just a country-mile behind
The whole world
Oh oh, oh ...

I'm just a country-mile behind
The world

I'm just a country-mile behind
The whole world
Oh oh, oh ...

Take me when you go
Oh oh, oh...

Take me when you go
Oh oh, oh ...

I need advice, I need advice


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"Miserable Lie" as written by Johnny Marr Steven Morrissey

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  • +6
    General CommentA song that only Morrissey could write. Similar in lyrical theme to "Pretty Girls Make Graves". Morrissey mentioned before that he lost his virginity when he was 13, and that it wasn't very good, so perhaps this is what the song was about..."you have destroyed my flower-like life". There's definately a bit of an at least latent homosexual element to it..."please stay with your kind, and I'll stay with mine". Also a bit of a criticism of people who keep their brains between their legs.
    Chloe le Fayon June 19, 2002   Link
  • +5
    General Commentthe 'I need advice' part is so poignantly desperate.
    the-princess-is-madon November 07, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General Comment"I look at yours; you laugh at mine.."
    Love it.
    Random Boyon March 31, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General Commenthis voice scares the hell outta me in this song.
    Somber_Eyeson October 07, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think it's one of moz's songs that takes from a small incident in his life and dramatises it hugely. it's probably about living with Linder , maybe thinking ur gay and then realising ur not so sure and not wanting confusion being brought up again
    all overon October 23, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"...by his sweetness and goodness to her through the brief years of his flower-like life."

    -Oscar Wilde's De Profundis
    marquiceriseon December 28, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"Morrissey mentioned before that he lost his virginity when he was 13, and that it wasn't very good, so perhaps this is what the song was about..."you have destroyed my flower-like life". "
    He did say he lost his virginity at the age of 13; however, the line about "Whalley Range" doesn't support the theory that it is about that, since a rented room in Whalley Range is where Morrissey used to cohabit with Linder Sterling (and I think the guitarist from her band, Ludus) for about a year when he was about 19.

    And as for "latent homosexual element" - what if it's a complete renouncement of romantic relationships instead? You know, as they said in Sex and the City, being single and being gay is not exactly the same...LOL
    nightanddayon December 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like the lyrics but the music which goes along with it reverts my interest into other Smiths songs
    butterflykiss84on July 24, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"flower-like life" is from the picture of dorian gray by oscar wilde.
    Jemaeuxon June 03, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is my favourite smiths song EVER
    omg its bliss
    maggotbrainon June 05, 2005   Link

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