This song is clearly a swipe at Johnny Rogan. Rogan mentiones in his book. The text details people from Moz past that Rogan is professing to be close to. In the forward,...
You don't know a thing about their lives
They live where you wouldn't dare to drive
You shake as you think of how they sleep
But you write as if you all lie side by side
Reader, meet Author
With the hope of hearing sense
But you may be feeling let down
By the words of defense
He says "No-one ever sees me when I cry"

You don't know a thing about their lives
Books don't save them, books aren't Stanley knives
And if a fight broke out here tonight
You'd be the first away, because you're that type
And the year two thousand won't change anyone here
As each fabled promise flies so fast
You'll swear it was never there
Oh, have you ever escaped from a shipwrecked life?

So safely with your software, miles from the front line
You hear the way their sad voice sings, and you start to imagine things
Oh, any excuse to write more lies


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"Reader Meet Author" as written by Martin James Boorer Steven Morrissey

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    General CommentWow! No comments yet? I love this song, in so many ways it seems so political and interesting. I know that in many lines he is referencing to publicists, but what place was he referencing to?
    practicingtrblm8ron February 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt really seems like this song has something to do with Johnny Rogan, author of such books as "Morrissey and Marr: The Severed Alliance". It is a great song though. I don't get why Southpaw Grammar gets so much flack. This track and the next 3 are all pretty good songs in my opinion, and the rest of the album is listenable at the least.
    dnewgroundson December 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI get the feeling this is a song Morrissey wrote about himself regarding his attraction to "tough guys" who he didn't really know or actually associate with (certainly not an a frequent basis anyway).
    raytownianon May 31, 2011   Link

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