"I've Changed My Plea To Guilty" as written by Steven Morrissey and Mark Edward Cascian Nevin....
I'm standing in the dock
With my innocent hand on my heart
I've changed my plea
I've changed my plea to guilty
Because freedom is wasted on me
See how your rules spoil the game

Outside there is a pain
Emotional air raids exhausted my heart
And it's safer to be inside
So, I'm changing my plea
And no one can dissuade me
Because freedom was wasted on me
See how your rules spoil the game

Something I have learned
If there is one thing in life I've observed
It's that everybody's got somebody
Ooh no, not me
So I've changed my plea to guilty
And reason and freedom is a waste
It's a lot like life


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"I've Changed My Plea to Guilty" as written by Mark Edward Cascian Nevin Steven Morrissey

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    General CommentOMG...no-one has said anything about this amazing song. I think it's so beautiful. It's so sad...I think he's trying to say that he should be locked up, and that he doesn't desever freedom...because he's not playing the game of life "correctly"...especially since no-one loves him...and therefore noone will miss him.
    enolfon February 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI cant get over how amazing this song actually is. Its so beautiful. A song full of depair and loneliness, this song is for outsiders. The ones who struggle with the cruel, phoniness of it all in the outside world until there is no point even trying to fit in with them.
    Mr_Soulon March 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentColin Meloy simply cannot sing it better than Morrissey. You mean to say you like Colin better than Morrissey.
    cloud7on February 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song maybe to do with Morrissey's attitude to relationships and love - and his apparent decision to abstain from them. He's found that 'outside there is a pain' outside being symbolic of the 'normal life' where people fall in love, only to find pain and rejection. 'Emotional air raids exhausted my heart, and it's safer to be inside' - falling in love has proved to be traumatic, and despite the inevitable isolatin and loneliness of being forever alone, it's safer.
    Everybody's got somebody, ooh no not me
    So I'm changing my plea to guilty.
    death-of-a-disco-danceron August 27, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh my - Hear it live twice last week, and the sentiment has tremendous emotional weight - A truely heart-breaking song about loneliness
    LadyStardust74on December 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTo kuronekoyama 'dock' refers to the dock in court (linked to the guilty plea) so the drowning theory loses its credability.

    However, the rest of what you say is interesting and definately fits in with Morrisseys ironic humour as it would mean that the Moz is only sarcastically admitting his guilt. If it's true, then trust Morrissey turn such a tragic sounding song into a humorous one.

    My hunch though is that the 'you' referred to in the song is society, and the 'crime' Morrissey is admitting to is the one of not conforming to its rules. (eg, shyness -'its safer to be inside'; not taking an interest in the hystrionics of relationships - 'emotional air-raid' and not committing to a monogomous relationship 'everybody's got somebody')

    cheers and comment back
    Sirfrazmanon June 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is heartbreaking and beautiful. This is about somebody just completely giving up.

    Oh, and Colin Meloy's voice is horrible. No comparison to Morrissey. His covers are musical blasphemy.
    voodoodollyon January 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOkay, I am a strong supporter of the "original is always best" theory, and I stand by it. But that doesn't mean Colin's isn't very good as well. So there. Comprimise.
    girlfrombarcelonaon January 06, 2010   Link
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    General Commenthm, i think i've said this of all of colin meloys morrissey covers but its GREAT
    WriterOfFictionson February 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentColin Meloy is an absolute joke. If he was any good he wouldn't do so many covers. Morrissey is a genius, a poet, an amazing vocalist and an ORIGINAL.
    Moominpapaon April 05, 2011   Link

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