"Sunny" as written by and Steven Patrick/whyte Morrissey....
We're really missing you
We're really missing you
Oh, and you've only just gone

Oh, well, you punched and fell
Then you felt embarrassed
My heart goes out to you
So I offered love
And it was not required
Oh, what else can I do?
What else can I do?

We're really missing you
We're really missing you
And you've only just gone

So, Sunny, send at least one thoughtful letter
My heart goes out to you
Tell us all how things are so much better
My heart, it left with you
What else can I do?

Oh, they're not forgiving you
And you're not even wrong

Oh, with your jean belt wrapped around your arm
Oh, Sunny, my heart goes out to you
And with a needle pressed onto tight skin
Sunny, I cry when I see where it's taken you

Aah...
I'm here, I won't move
Aah...
I'm here, I won't move
Aah...
I'm here, I will not move
Aah...


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"Sunny" as written by Steven Morrissey Alain Whyte

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    General CommentThis song, I believe, is about someone Morrissey was in love with and possibly had a relationship with -- his name was Jake, so I have no idea why he's referred to as Sunny. He (and Morrissey) had a thing for fake tattoos. It's his tattooed stomach Morrissey is lying on the back cover of one of the albums (can't remember which). I think the "needle pressed onto tight skin" could be a reference to tattooing, although it appears to be about heroin. It would be just like Moz to try and trick us, wouldn't it??
    rather_shyon March 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about the boxer Sonny Liston.

    "Punched and fell then you felt embarrassed" - there was a famous bout Liston had with Muhammad Ali, where he was knocked out in the first round. It is alleged that he threw the fight to pay off debts to gamblers.

    He died of a drug overdose, and was supposedly found with a syringe in his arm, which would fit with the third verse.
    Uber_Geekon March 31, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"I offered love and it was not required" sung with so much feeling and pain.

    Poor chap.
    FishesWillLaughon August 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't know who, specifically, this song is about. And I'm sure that no one bu Moz knows for certain. It's about heroin overdose, though.
    oblivion138on August 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI don't think its about a heroin overdose. While its obvious that he knows an adict, he is still offering support. He says that "I will not move" meaning that he is going to try and help his friend no matter where his addiction takes him. He can see that Sunny has already changed, " I cry when I see where it's taken you" but just because Sunny is differnt from drugs dosen't mean that he ODed. Drugs change everyone.
    sentimentalf0olon September 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the narrator of the song might be the father of sunny.
    Kaguthon April 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it is about a boxer. Sonny something. I read it on a website specialized in analyzing Moz' songs.
    Morrisseyon May 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, Mozza went through a phase of obsession with Boxing (see Boxers as the most obvious reference).
    This song's just so poignant and moving. It's brimming with emotion and seems to combine the heroin addiction and his downfall from boxing.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    Here's an article on the aforementioned Sonny Liston. The story could refer to anyone but may well be drawn from this.
    Although set in the boxing world, it generalises to the helplessness of seeing someone ruin themselves, doing all you can and not being able to aid them.
    mozza_fanon April 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI might also add that the circumstances surrounding Sonny's death are still widely disputed and he was known to have connections to gangsters and a history in shady dealings.
    I don't think we should assume that 'Sunny' is dead at the end of this song, rather just heading for a fall. Theres no mention of his death, just the repeated support and unmoving acceptance of Morrissey (or the narrator)
    mozza_fanon April 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it could be about Sonny Liston, but the second verse and chorus, being so personal, makes me think it's more likely about a person Morrissey was close to, possibly a lover, whose life held parallels to the boxer's. I think Morrissey is using Sonny Liston's story to tell another, comparing a person to Sonny Liston. Also, the spelling is different, which may seem trivial, but Morrissey seems to notice these things.
    Shadeson June 21, 2006   Link

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