Were you and he lovers?
And would you say so if you were?
On a forecourt
On a Friday
Passing my way
Oh...

Were you and he lovers?
And if you were, then say that you were!
On a groundsheet
Under canvas
With your tent-flap
Open wide

A note upon his desk
"P.S. Bring Me Home And Have Me!"
Leather elbows on a tweed coat
-Oh!-
Is that the best you can do ?
So came his reply :
"But on the desk is where I want you!"

So I ask (even though I know):
Were you and he lovers ?



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"Alsatian Cousin" as written by Steven Morrissey, Stephen Brian Street

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    General Comment:Alsatian: Derogatory noun or adjective for an unattractive woman.

    This song is about an unattractive girl who is jealous over the affair of two people, one whom she is the secret admirer of. She sits behind him in class.
    She has been spying on the two, observing their affairs.
    One day, the two are passing a note in class. She can see that the note says,
    "BRING ME HOME AND HAVE ME"
    (Leather elbows on a tweed coat) is in reference to the other person he is having the affair with. This is stating in a catty way, that this person has no sense of style, and is asked honestly, "Is that the best you can do?"
    She sees him write the reply, "BUT ON THE DESK IS WHERE I WANT YOU"
    She knows that they are lovers, but confronts him anyway asking, "Where you and he lovers?" Pressing him to admit his homosexuality. This action is out of jealousy.
    "WERE YOU AND HE LOVERS, AND WOULD YOU SAY SO IF YOU WERE?"

    Alsatian Cousin is about falling for someone you know you will never have. In this case, a double-edged sword. Knowing you are unattractive and at the same time knowing the other person can never be attracted to you, because of sexual preference.

    Morrissey has always confronted the frustrations of sexuality, both hetero and homo. Women falling for him, but he not being able to feel the same way. He, falling for men that would never consider the thought. Offering himself sexually to fans who are always willing, only to be let down from rejection in a private off-stage affair. Morrissey finds himself feeling unattractive, subjecting to self deprication.
    "WHERE THE WORLDS UGLIEST BOY BECAME WHAT YOU SEE, HERE I AM, THE UGLIEST MAN." from: Late Night Maudlin Street

    Morrissey relates himself to the Alsatian Cousin.
    lguillen73on April 18, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:I can't say I thought this song was about a gay relationship:

    "With your tent-flap
    open wide,"

    This sounds like a really mean-spirited reference to a woman on her back with her legs open. He's putting her down, and he's putting down her lovemaking, cheapening it. This song is about the anger, frustration, feeling of weakness and rejection of a man who's lover's decided to take someone else.
    Komekoon January 29, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:What makes you think the other person is a girl. "His desk" and "His reply". It sounds like two men.
    cactusdaveon October 21, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:No women involved in this song.
    Bayoustormon December 10, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I don't know about anyone else, but I always took "tent flap" as a reference to a guy having a hard-on underneath his pants. You know, the "tent" created by the guy's dick, and the flap being the zipper/opening to his pants. It seems to go with the general thread of homosexuality in Morrissey's songs. "Tent flap / Open wide".... the "open wide" part can be taken one of two ways. Lol.
    scottdoesntknow628on February 17, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My Opinion:Curious fact. Johnny Marr owned two Alsatians at the time of the smiths, Rufus and Curtis. Just throwing that out there.
    mortDifficileon June 10, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:A jealous ex-boyfriend, who has seen them do some dirty stuff, and she probably lies about it. And then he confronts her with it.
    Morrisseyon May 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:oooh its about office romance I swear
    criminaleyeson January 05, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:What does the tilte mean?
    barefooton June 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:You'd associate leather elbows on a tweed coat with teachers usually. Then theres the forecourt, the desk and the camping trip!

    Or maybe it's about his cousin who's a bit of a dog!
    Boss Manon July 20, 2005   Link

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