"I Won't Share You" as written by and Steven Patrick/marr Morrissey....
I won't share you, no
I won't share you
With the drive
And ambition
The zeal I feel
This is my time

The note I wrote
As she read, she said
"Has the Perrier gone
Straight to my head
Or is life sick and cruel, instead?"

"Yes!"
No - no - no - no - no - no
No - no - no - no - no - no
Oh...

I won't share you, no
I won't share you
With the drive
And the dreams inside
This is my time

Life tends to come and go
That's OK
As long as you know
Life tends to come and go
As long as you know
Know, know, know, know, know
Know, know, know, know
Oh...

I won't share you, no
I won't share you
With the drive
And the dreams inside
This is my time

I want the freedom and I want the guile
I want the freedom and the guile
Oh, life tends to come and go
As long as you know
Know, know, know, know
Know, know, know, know
Oh...

I won't share you, no
I won't share you
I'll see you somewhere
I'll see you sometime
Darling...


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"I Won't Share You" as written by Johnny Marr Steven Morrissey

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  • +6
    General CommentFirst of all, the idea about Morrissey allegeldy saying to Johnny he won't share him with Angie is ridiculous. Johnny and Angie have been an item since they were 14, and Johnny, Angie and Morrissey had been friends since Morrissey and Johnny met. (Morrissey: "In the beginning, it was alwaysd Johnny, Angie and I." He always said he was bever close with Joyce and Rourke.) According to the people who worked with the band (as you can read in the 1998 uncut article) she used to travel with the band, and she got along very well with Morrissey.

    Some people believe that the song is about Marr because Morriseey really was annoyed and jealous when Marr would work with other musicians. Rourke seems to believe the song was about Johnny ("Now, who he wouldn't share him with, I don't know"). Now, the last line "I'll see you somewhere, I'll see you sometime" proved to be perfect as the closing line of the last Smiths album. But it can't be more than a coincidence, for the simple reason that Morrissey had no idea at the time that the band would split. He was, by all accounts, surprised when Johnny decided to leave.

    The second verse mentions a "she" who is reading the note, which does not support the Marr theory... but that's not the only reason why I don't believe in it.

    It amazes me that most people keep on discussing who the song is about, but pay no attention to something far mor striking: he is NOT saying that he wn't share the person with SOMEONE. He says:

    "I won't share you
    With the drive
    And ambition
    The zeal I feel
    This is my time"

    "I won't share you
    With the drive
    And the dreams inside"

    How odd is it to say you won't share SOMEONE ELSE with the drive, ambition, zeal and dreams YOU feel inside?! This puts a totally different spin on the song!

    "This is my time"

    "I want the freedom and I want the guile"

    There is just one way I can understand this... and that is that he is saying no to a (possible?) relationship in favour of his music and his career of a rock star. The other person, then , can only be someone outside The Smiths and someone who is not that famous, and who would get wrapped up in the whole fame - rock stardom thing if there were to have a relationship.

    If anyone has any other idea, I'm willing to rethink it, but so far this is the only way it makes sense to me.
    nightanddayon December 29, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMaybe it's not a song about Marr, but FOR Marr.

    I won't share you
    With the drive
    And ambition
    The zeal I feel
    This is my time

    It sounds like he's the one that wanted the band to break up. It sounds like he's saying that he wants to go solo, which he did.
    bipolar bearon January 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEveryone seems to be saying that I Won't Share You is about him not sharing a person (or a relationship) with something/someone. Nightandday's interpretation is similar to mine. I think of it the other way around. He won't share "the drive and the dreams inside" with someone. Morrissey was always ridiculously vague about his love life and sexuality.

    Think of the lines, "I want the freedom and I want the guile". What guile can he have in his relationship with Marr? And why would you want freedom and guile in a relationship where you're jealous and possessive of the other person? It doesn't make sense. But Morrissey did have freedom and guile, with his image of ambiguous (a)sexuality. It made him stand out.

    I see this song as Morrissey refusing to be open about a relationship he's in. He explains his reasoning in a note, she reads it and basically says, "Are you serious? Really?! This is ridiculous!" He's deceitful, lying to his fans, the press etc, and keeping his relationship hidden to achieve his dreams and ambitions.

    I think I Keep Mine Hidden is about the same situation.
    eww2006on March 01, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSorry to all you hopeless dreamers, but Morrissey and Marr were never in love. It was always Johnny and Angie and Morrissey. I think this song is actually about NOT being in a relationship, the "I Won't Share You" is actually a statement to oneself, Morrissey isn't willing to risk his "freedom and guile" for the affections of someone else, and maybe when he tells people this it seems really cruel "the note I wrote as she read" --- but it's not a cruel statement, Morrissey is just stating he isn't ready or willing to share parts of himself with somebody else, and he's accepting that it's a changeable thing "life tends to come and go"....
    youngoneon April 05, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the other bands mates ( can't remember if it was Mike or Andy) sai that they think this song is about Johnny Marr. Hmm.
    Chloe le Fayon September 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that may be reading in too much.
    feinsteinon June 30, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti heard that morrissey wrote it for a woman he was living with.
    vadgeon November 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLast song on their last album.... Would it be to obvious to be about Johnny?
    Monkey Boyon November 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAndy said that he thought it was likely to be about Johnny and Johnny said that he wouldn't dispute it but he does seem to be referring to a woman with the line "the note I wrote as she read..." so perhaps it was about Linder Sterling??
    tallulaton December 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell if it's about Johnny Marr and Morrissey is saying 'I Won't Share You' then the woman Morrissey is maybe referring to is Angie, who has been Johnny's wife since 1986. Morrissey was probably happier when he didn't have to share Johnny's attention with Angie.
    foldsbaldwinon January 05, 2005   Link

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