"Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself" as written by and Steven Patrick/whyte Morrissey....
The sanest days are mad
Why don't you find out for yourself?
Then you'll see the price
Very closely

Some men here
They have a special interest
In your career
They want to help you to grow
And then siphon all your dough
Why don't you find out for yourself?
Then you'll see the glass
Hidden in the grass

You'll never believe me, so
Why don't you find out for yourself?
Sick down to my heart
That's just the way it goes

Some men here
They know the full extent of
Your distress
They kneel and pray
And they say
Long may it last

Why don't you find out for yourself?
Then you'll see the glass
Hidden in the grass
Bad scenes come and go
For which you must allow
Sick down to my heart
That's just the way it goes

Don't rake up my mistakes
I know exactly what they are
And what do you do?
Well you just sit there
I've been stabbed in the back
So many many times
I don't have any skin
But that's just the way it goes


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"Why Don't You Find Out for Yourself" as written by Steven Morrissey Alain Whyte

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    General Commenti agree with the previous interpretation, for me it also has a lot to do with doing what you feel is right and not beleiving eerything you are told. this song is amazing :) :)
    lollyrottenon September 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI smell a bit of a slight title nodding to the song "better to find out for yourself" found on the album "illuminations" by buffy sainte-marie.

    And I suppose it coincidence that long before the smiths song "suffer little children" there was also a song entitled "suffer the little children" on that very same album.
    laurelinwyntreon May 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Don't rake up my mistakes
    I know exactly what they are"

    Ode to Nico, I think -

    From 'These Days' - "Don't confront me with my failures, I had not forgotten them"
    ignatiusreillyon December 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI agree with lolly rotten ... For me this song is about doing what you think is right and it's usually better not to listen to people who only want to manipulate you. It makes me think of all the therapists, self-help gurus, dating coaches, and how so much of this industry does not help anybody. Or maybe some people are helped, but it's never helped me at all, and I'm sure Morrissey feels the same way :)
    stephen173on October 09, 2013   Link
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    General CommentPeoples comments mention the music industry, and I also, although probably based on that, that it can be applied to many other situations which means the listener can relate to it somewhat.

    Its like telling someone the truth about something or how they feel about something and the other person doesn't care or more importantly doesn't believe it,

    Why don't you find out for yourself?
    Then you'll see the glass
    Hidden in the grass

    It's like when you've given up trying to get your opinion and thought across so you just tell them they'll find out one day for themselves. Then they will eventually see the glass in the grass but it'll be too late then, as you only see it once you've stepped on it because the truth is made to be very hidden and concealed, so they wont understand until they have experienced first hand too.

    There is also a very solemn acceptance of this issue:

    But that's just the way it goes
    SteamedMemeson April 29, 2016   Link
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    General CommentIn my opinion, this song has a great deal to do with the hypocrisy of the music industry. "the glass hidden in the grass" tends to lean toward the pain of trying to "make it" in the music industry. With lines that talk about "syphon your dough" may very well be talking about how much $$ a record lable takes from the artist and how they tend to keep artists as novelties by kneeling and praying that the artist's contract,"long may it last", keep him bound to distress.
    vauxhallvillianon August 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsigh....so good. You both are dead on.
    iloveindiemusicon June 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my favorite Morrissey song. Along with "The Operation", "swallow on my neck", and almost all the others...
    xodnieon September 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy fav Morrisey song post-Smiths. I heard this the other night at a music shop and now I cannot stop listening to this. I forgot how great Vauxhall & I is. That album IMO ranks with any Smiths record in greatness.
    vincent h.on June 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGod, I love how he sings 'heart' for the first time. It gives me goose bumps.
    SinkingHeartson August 30, 2006   Link

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