"At Amber" as written by Steven Morrissey and Stephen Brian Street....
I'm calling you from the foyer
Of the Sands Hotel
Where the men and the women
Are acquainted quite well

And the drunkards keep on drinking
And oh, my room is cold
I'm disputing the bill
I will sleep in my clothes

And you, my invalid friend
You slam the receiver when you say
"If I had your limbs for a day
I would steam away"

I'm calling you from the foyer
Of this awful hotel
Where the slime and the grime
Gel

And I cannot - or, I do not
And oh, my room is cold
And I'm envying you never having to choose

And you, my invalid friend
You slam the receiver when you say
"If I had your limbs for a day
I would steam away"

I'm calling you from the foyer
Of the Sands Hotel
It's not low-life, it's just people
Having a good time
And oh, my invalid friend
Oh, my invalid friend
In our different ways we are
The same


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"At Amber" as written by Stephen Brian Street Steven Morrissey

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  • +4
    General CommentSeeing himself as disabled. Some disabilities aren't as obvious as others. Social disabilites (like shyness) can stop you getting the most out of life just as much as physical disabilities.
    Aurora2on October 26, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis could be compared with November Spawned a Monster. Except here the invalid person has a more active role - where Morrissey distances himself from the invalid in NSaM and shows us one view, here the invalid confronts Morrissey... heavy irony.
    tamninon September 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe relates to his paraplegic (or similar condition) friend, they both have a disability. M thinks that his social disorder is keeping him from life the same way his friend's disability is keeping him from his.

    M realizes that it's all his decision, he could make an effort to talk to people, meet people, but he thinks he can't. He's jealous of his friend who was born that way.
    taikorabbiton October 29, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationI read this one differently. He (you know who) refers to his invalid friend's phone call, "If I had your limbs I would steal away". I believe this means that his friend says "take a break", which he does.

    To the Sands hotel, where he calls his invalid friend to report of the slime and the grime gelling, complaints of sleeping on the floor, etc.

    In other words, a promoted escape (to the Sands, of all places!) that turned out bad.

    "In our different ways we are the same".

    That's what's great about interpretation - who cares? Heh!

    Thanks
    AbelMagwitchon August 30, 2009   Link

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