"Sister I'm A Poet" as written by and Steven Patrick/street Morrissey....
All over this town
Yes, a low wind may blow
And I can see through everybody's clothes
With no reason
To hide these words, I feel
And no reason
To talk about the books I read
But still, I do

That's 'cause I'm a...
Sister I'm a...
All over this town

Along this way
Outside the prison gates
I love the romance of crime
And I wonder :
Does anybody feel the same way I do?
And is evil just something you are
Or something you do?

Sister I'm a...
Sister I'm a...
All over this town

All over this town
They pull over
In their Citroen vans
Not to shake your hands
With Meths on their breaths
And you with youth on your side
All alone...lone...alone, waiting at the lights
But not this time

Sister I'm a...
Sister I'm a...
All over this town...
All over this town

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"Sister I'm a Poet" as written by Steven Morrissey Stephen Brian Street

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  • +2
    General CommentI see the song title as more of a snub,(think of it in terms of "you said it, sister" not directed at one's own sister!) the narrator is telling society at large how superior he is, when in fact he is the lonely poet that roams the town and encounters all those who think he is truly an idiot, a nobody to them. But he still walks around feeling, knowing, that he is superior, passing the prison gates, dreaming of the romance of crime, poetic head in the clouds. The part about evil being something you are or something you do, being directed at himself. I always found it important that in the song itself the word "poet" is never mentioned, as if a dirty word in this lads town. If you know an ounce of Morrissey backround you would be lead to believe that this, as well as almost all other Morrissey material, is autobiographical.
    BonaDrag82on October 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell he only had one sister and you can speculate all you want. I think he's confessing how he perceives things differently than other people and he's"sensitive" and poetically inclined. It matches some comments he's made about his own childhood. Plus, with songs like shoplifters... and album's like strangeways he is apparently attracted to the romance of crime.
    laocoonon May 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBasicaly, hopefully, It means that singer once could have been a nobody in this town.
    Now realising his worth he realises the true nature of his town.
    Not much to it but a great song!!!! especially live in Hulmerist where the stage crashing is endless!
    diameyeon January 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeag diameyes...it's great on the Hulmerist :) I'm not totally sure what this song is about...but I'm guessing he's addressing his sister Jackie?
    enolfon February 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove colin meloys cover ;) and his face :)
    WriterOfFictionson February 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone know if the sister her's talking to is his sister Jackie?
    enolfon February 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI talk about the books I read. Don't have much reason to, though.
    xdarkentrieson November 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts about him being in france (Citroen, french), and (as usual) feels like he doesn't belong there.
    I really like this song, truely morrissey's kind of writting.
    Mogemideon February 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe title is possibly a reference to this film:

    "Sister" george rooms with some one who fancies them selves as a poet.

    The title may also be a reference to the smiths song:


    whose title itself alludes to an essay by Virginia Woolf.
    laurelinwyntreon February 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'd say this song is about Morrissey (the poet) and his songwriting.
    As said in the song, he has no reason to hide the words he feels and so he writes and sings (about) them quite freely. Besides, the mere fact that he feels words instead of 'natural emotions' shows that he is a true poet.
    Morrissey often quotes books, films, plays and songs (directly or indirectly) in his own songs. He doesn't need a certain reason for it, he just likes to do it. After all, who doesn't like sharing their favourite stories or music or whatever with others? (Often enough I use quotes from Morrissey or Smiths songs when talking to people and they don't even notice.)
    Obviously, the 'romance of crime' is something that appears in Morrissey's songs quite often (e. g. 'Last of the Famous International Playboys', 'Jack the Ripper', 'First of the Gang to Die'...). He seems to be fascinated by crime/criminals and in this song he wonders whether he is the only one who feels this way.
    MariaIsMurderon August 22, 2013   Link

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