I've come to wish you an unhappy birthday
I've come to wish you an unhappy birthday
'Cause you're evil
And you lie
And if you should die
I may feel slightly sad
(But I won't cry)

Loved and lost
And some may say
When usually it's Nothing
Surely you're happy
It should be this way ?
I say "No, I'm gonna kill my dog"
And : "May the lines sag, may the lines sag heavy and deep tonight"

I've come to wish you an unhappy birthday
I've come to wish you an unhappy birthday
'Cause you're evil
And you lie
And if you should die
I may feel slightly sad
(But I won't cry)

Loved and lost
And some may say
When usually it's Nothing
Surely you're happy
It should be this way ?
I said "No"
And then I shot myself
So, drink, drink, drink
And be ill tonight

From the one you left behind
From the one you left behind
From the one you left behind
From the one you left behind
Behind
Behind
Behind
Behind
Behind
Behind
Oh, unhappy birthday
Behind
Behind
Behind



Lyrics submitted by weezerific:cutlery

"Unhappy Birthday" as written by Steven Patrick/marr Morrissey

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +2
    General Comment:i actually wished this girl who broke my heart an unhappy birthday after listening to this song...only it blew up in my face when she said "what a fucking morrissey rip off"
    LawrenceofaLabiaon April 24, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:In an album that has quite a few references to Oscar Wilde, this song reminds me of the behaviour of Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas who left offensive cards for Oscar to open whenever they fell out. He did once on Oscars birthday too.

    Not saying this is about Bosie and Wilde but it sums up Bosies petulent mood.
    Aeneas11on September 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:This song makes me crack up. I wish I could play this song to a certain someone on their birthday, but I'm trying to be the "bigger person" or whatever. It's too bad. But Moz's lyrics pwn nonetheless.
    SugarPlumFairy1on July 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Musically, this is v strong. For a long time i didn't really listen to this or 'Death At Ones Elbow' from Strangeways (easily my fave Smiths album) but now a good few years later it's a case of loving every track. 'Unhappy Bithday' is a really good lyric although in my opinion it is not one of his best relatively speaking - it is one of the band's tracks where I am in awe of Marr but Morrissey is merely excellent :) other examples are barbarism begins at home and the headmaster ritual. I think as far as the lyric to unhappy birthday is concerned it is important to go to the birthday card scenario from the point of view of it all being 'unsaid'. It is the same with 'from the one you left behind' line. To actually utter those words would be exceptionally lame and it is lame to sing them at someone too, or put it in a card, so keep it unsaid and don't send the card. Morrissey is a very sincere person, whatever else you may say about him, he would appreciate it may be sometimes hard to say 'Happy Birthday' hence the song, but it doesn't mean the singer strolls into the party saying 'I've come to wish you an unhappy birthday because your evil and you lie'. It took me a while to really like this one as i've said, the music really is beautiful and subtle too. The lyrics on this album work at a deep almost subconscious level throughout.
    ScottishAngleon May 05, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:This song is hilarious. It's so morbid but really plays it for laughs, I think, in a way that's hard to describe. I like how he matter-of-factly declares that he shot himself, and then just keeps going with the song.
    Crane42on May 12, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment::) love this song,, and fuck you mr.im-gonna-rip-your-heart-out-and-break-it,, put your mouth on mi piece.
    LulusXeon May 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:this song is great!!!! to me it means, we broke up and i hate you for breaking my heart and i hope the worst things happen to you on your birthday....."Hell hath no fury..."
    Miseryheadon March 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:It's my birthday today and I listened to this song this morning. It made me feel quite happy really. When you think about it, it really means "You left me and I'm bitter cos I wish you hadn't".
    Random Boyon March 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:i love songs like this
    kijimaon August 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Happy Birthday Random Boy! how old are you? did you get cake? how about presents? are you gonna have a party? can i come? why not? F--k off!
    plaincl0thesmanon August 26, 2005   Link

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