"Jack The Ripper" as written by Steven Morrissey and Martin James Boorer....
Oh, you look so tired
Mouth slack and wide
Ill-housed and ill-advised
Your face is as mean
As your life has been

Crash into my arms
I want you
You don't agree
But you don't refuse
I know you

And I know a place
Where no one is likely to pass
Oh, you don't care if it's late
And you don't care if you're lost
And oh, you look so tired
(But tonight you presume too much)
Too much, too much
And if it's the last
Thing I ever do
I'm gonna get you

Crash into my arms
I want you
You don't agree
But you don't refuse
I know you

Crash into my arms
I want you
You don't agree
But you don't refuse
I know you
Oh...

Thank you.


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"Jack the Ripper" as written by Martin James Boorer Steven Morrissey

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    General Comment"Your face is as mean
    As your life has been"

    What a line, what a song!!
    ShakespearesSisteron March 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song. great man/band.
    DubC4Lifeon December 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. Colin Meloy's (The Decemberists) cover of this rules so hard.
    highlyrefinedon April 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have yet to hear the covers. But I do think the studio version is better. I love the added end, which goes:

    And no one knows a thing about my life
    I can come and go as I please
    And if I want to, I can stay
    Oh, or if I want to, I can leave
    Nobody knows me
    Nobody knows me
    Nobody knows me
    Nobody knows me
    Oh, oh
    Nobody knows me
    Oh, oh
    Nobody knows me
    Oh, oh
    Nobody knows me
    Oh
    xdarkentrieson September 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAFI did a beautiful cover of this song for DECEMBERUNDERGROUND.
    NirvanAFIon June 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen Morrissey says, "I love/The romance of crime" he is telling the truth. He told of Kray Brothers (The Last of the Famous International Playboys) Hector (First of the Gang to Die) and others both in his past and his present work.

    The first verse is clearly alluded to Jack the Ripper, a despicable man in appearance.
    Linuson August 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think the song could be interpreted as being from the perspective of the serial killer. The ripper could be speaking directly to the prostitutes and then in the studio version’s third verse (which is a b-side to Certain People I Know) he is reflecting on the pros and cons of being an outsider, something Morrissey knows a thing or two about.
    Kolleyon September 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentokay anyway mcr, really should NOT be covering morrissey when they suck at their own songs as it is.
    zeliahon March 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMCR covered this song? Hell no!!!! I've not heard their version but I bet its terrible. This song is amazing though. I think instead of being from the perspective of Jack The Ripper, it may be from a policeman who is trying to catch the killer. I have heard that policemen dressed up as woman to try and catch him. But I think either way the lines fit in. Great song.
    Mr_Soulon March 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI definitely think it is Morrissey relating to the outsider. You hear this song and it almost sounds appealing to have no one know who you are. I know I get sick of trying to get people to understand me because they just won't.
    zombieeateron August 03, 2007   Link

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