"The Lazy Sunbathers" as written by and Steven Patrick/whyte Morrissey....
A world war
Was announced
Days ago
But they didn't know
The lazy sunbathers
The lazy sunbathers

The sun burns through
To the planet's core
And it isn't enough
They want more

Nothing
Appears
To be
Between the ears of
The lazy sunbathers
Too jaded
To question stagnation
The sun burns through
To the planet's core
And it isn't enough
They want more

Religions fall
Children shelled
Children shelled? That's all
Very well, but would you
Please keep the noise
Down low?
Because you're waking
The lazy sunbathers
Oh, the lazy sunbathers
The lazy sunbathers


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"The Lazy Sunbathers" as written by Alain Gordon Whyte Steven Morrissey

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    General CommentClassic Morrissey. I find this to be one of his most fun songs lyrically, along with "Mute Witness". I think we all know some Lazy Sunbathers who just look good and seem to only care about themselves. Secretly, we are all somewhat jealous of them
    cactusdaveon August 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis songs is extremely appropriate now. Many here in the state are concerned about the war and vacationing overseas, where as others here are planning their vacations to Vegas and Hawaii to forget about everything.
    cactusdaveon March 28, 2003   Link
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    General CommentWho are the "lazy sunbathers" symbolizing. These "sun-hoggers" must be a metaphor for some group of people he met in his life.
    Phrogexon May 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI was looking at a morrissey site (compsoc.man.ac.uk/~moz/) and below this song it writes:
    "Apparently in the first days after Germany invaded Poland, it was hot beautiful weather in Berlin (and I believe a holiday as well), and crowds of people went to the Wahnsee (a big lake) to sunbathe, both in a sort of state of denial, and knowing this would be the last pleasurable moment before war broke out..."
    um_bongoon August 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGeorge Formby accused contemporary performers of being "lazy sunbathers" for not being more active in the war effort.
    It probably also refers to the days after Germany invaded Poland, where crowds of Berlin sunbathers went to the Wahnsee lake, in a state of denial about the forthcoming war.
    marquiceriseon December 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt is about Americans and world war II ...Pearl Harbor.
    Mode000on February 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentA world war
    Was announced
    Days ago
    But they didn't know
    The lazy sunbathers


    cmon everyone,he is having a dig at the german tourists, who have to have the best sun spots regardless of what happening around them! they didnt know because they were sinbathing at all costs!!!!
    jahuron May 14, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI found this song hilarous upon first listen. I think it can apply to any situation where people completely ignore the problems around them. I also hate sunbathing and everything surrounding it and I am quite tempted to play it next time my sisters go off for an sunbathe.
    JJKelsallon June 14, 2012   Link
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    General CommentWell it sums up certain people as well as being a direct reference to WW2 Berlin situation.

    People are becoming less concerned with real issues and only care about superficial things. He continues to mention that TV is turning people into idiots (X factor etc...) as they treat people like they're stupid so people are becoming stupid.

    So some people don't even notice when important events happen (wars etc..), they just flock to the beach, copy of The Sun under their arm, and dribble to X factor in the evening.
    Longpigon April 27, 2015   Link

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