"November Spawned A Monster" as written by Clive Langer and Steven Morrissey....
Sleep on and dream of love
Because it's the closest you will
Get to love
Poor twisted child
So ugly, so ugly
Poor twisted child
Oh hug me, oh hug me
One November
Spawned a monster
In the shape of this child
Who later cried :

But Jesus made me, so
Jesus save me from
Pity, sympathy
And people discussing me
A frame of useless limbs
What can make good
All the bad that's been done ?

And if the lights were out
Could you even bear
To kiss her full on the mouth
(or anywhere?)

Oh, poor twisted child
So ugly, so ugly
Poor twisted child
Oh hug me, oh hug me
One November
Spawned a monster
In the shape of this child
Who must remain
A hostage to kindness
And the wheels underneath her
A hostage to kindness
And the wheels underneath her

A symbol of where mad, mad lovers
Must pause and draw the line.
So sleep and dream of love
Because it's the closest
You will get to love
That November
Is a time
Which I must
Put out of my mind

Oh, one fine day
Let it be soon
She won't be rich or beautiful
But she'll be walking your streets
In the clothes that she went out
And chose for herself.


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"November Spawned a Monster" as written by Steve Morrissey Clive Langer

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  • +5
    General CommentThis song is about the underlying discomfort, disgust and pity that is often felt for people with a disability and the way in which this impacts upon other's behaviour towards those with disabilities. I feel that most of the song portrays these attitudes and has a specific focus on repulsion of even the most perverse of society (....where mad, mad lovers must pause and draw the line).
    The final verse demonstrates Morrissey's desired emancipation of the subject from these attitdues and the impact on them. 'the clothes that she went out and chose for herself' demonstrates independence, self respect and hope.
    For me, this is a personal and very beautiful song, which communicates an aspiration for those who don't fit our definition of 'normal' to have fuller lives and to not be retrained and hidden away by society's negative attitudes.
    God bless Morrissey - he leaves no issue unturned :)
    debilou27on October 19, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI listened to this very carefully today, and i dont get what it means but omg powerful lyrics and great song. Morissey is God and i believe that
    mdeaveson February 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI feel this song is about a paraplegic girl who feels that she will never be loved. The part that says "And if the lights were out, Could you even bear
    To kiss her full on the mouth
    (Or anywhere?)" is so powerful, Morrissey is asking if anyone will kiss her.
    um_bongoon April 01, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere's an interesting irony where the narrator asks the girl to please hug him, and yet later muses over the horrors of physical contact with her...
    Artificial Idioton April 11, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe video to this song is quite simply the funniest in existence.
    smug_as_a_bugon September 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe video to this is NICE
    youngoneon February 02, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so controversial....the 'monster' is a crippled girl...some people think he's making fun....but i don't think he is...the last verse is so sad...oh one day let it be soon, she won't be rich or beautiful but she'll be walking your streets in the clothes she went out and chose for herself....
    Kezon June 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song, as most Morrissey songs, isn't as literal as it sounds. The fact that it appears to be about a Disabled person doesn't literally mean that it is.
    It's about people doing stupid things in the name of lust;
    "A symbol of where mad, mad lovers
    Must PAUSE and draw the line."
    It's about people being born without love and parents that don't love or care for them etc.
    The fact the she is Disabled means that it makes it harder for half-hearted parents to love her.
    It's a song about despising the fact, literally, that you were born and never feel loved.

    Thanks,
    Thom
    Thierry14on April 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the line "A symbol of where mad, mad lovers
    Must PAUSE and draw the line" is saying that even sex obsessed mad lovers would stop themselves when they are faced with this person. Very touching!
    um_bongoon April 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSleep on and dream of Love
    Because it's the closest you will
    Get to love -this girl that he is talking about will never be loved because she is not what society wants her to be and shes not beautiful..well this song ive heard is talking about a crippled girl from massachusetts(wrong spelling)


    Poor twisted child
    So ugly, so ugly
    Poor twisted child
    Oh hug me, oh hug me- once again this girl is not what society lovesand by society i mean the media

    One November
    Spawned a monster
    In the shape of this child - monster under society's eyes well she was born in november



    Who later cried :

    "But Jesus made me, so
    Jesus save me from
    pity, sympathy
    And people discussing me"- why would "god" make me and life in general this way if god really cared y would he put me in this misery??? or anyone as a matter of fact


    A frame of useless limbs
    What can make GOOD
    All the BAD that's been done ? - this "person" is handycap but arent we all in some way??yeah this iswhat i think morrissey was using as symbolism the uslelimbs are problems in life and all the misery


    And if the lights were out
    Could you even bear
    To kiss her full on the mouth
    (Or anywhere?)- hmm im not too sure how to explain how i feel about this line umm i dunno ill write it in later when i figure out how to say it


    Oh, poor twisted child
    So ugly, so ugly
    Poor twisted child
    Oh hug me, oh hug me
    One November
    Spawned a monster
    In the shape of this child - like i said b4


    Who must remain
    A hostage to kindness
    And the wheels underneath her
    A hostage to kindness
    And the wheels underneath her - for this girl her handicap was a wheel chair but for other ppl like myself "handicap" is just basicly everything (life)


    A symbol of where mad, mad lovers
    Must PAUSE and draw the line. -SEX is the reason for this end resutl(life)

    So sleep and dream of love
    Because it's the closest
    You will get to love - noone will ever love this "monster" who is human just like evryone else


    That November
    Is a time
    Which I must
    Put OUT of my mind - this girl was born in november


    Oh, one fine day
    Let it be soon
    She won't be rich or beautiful
    But she'll be walking your streets
    In the clothes that she went out
    And chose for herself. - hmmm not really sure what to say about this verse
    *smiths101*on August 13, 2005   Link

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