"Maladjusted" as written by Steven Morrissey and Martin James Boorer....
On this glorious occasion...of the splendid defeat

I want to start from
Before the beginning
Loot wine, "Be mine, and
Then let's stay out for the night"
Ride via Parkside
Semi-perilous lives
Jeer the lights in the windows
Of all safe and stable homes
(But wondering then, well what
Could peace of mind be like?)
Anyway do you want to hear
Our story, or not?
As the Fulham Road lights
Stretch and invite into the night
From a Stevenage overspill
We'd kill to live around
SW6 - with someone like you
Keep thieves' hours
With someone like you
...As long as it slides
You stalk the house
In a low-cut blouse :
"Oh Christ, another stifled
Friday night!"
And the Fulham Road lights
Stretch and invite into the night
Well, I was fifteen
What could I know?
When the gulf between
All the things I need
And the things I receive
Is an ancient ocean
Wide, wild, lost, uncrossed
Still I maintain there's nothing
Wrong with you
You do all that you do
Because it's all you can do
Well, I was fifteen
Where could I go?
With a soul full of loathing
For stinging bureaucracy
Making it anything
Other than easy
For working girls like me
With my hands on my head
I flop on your bed
With a head full of dread
For all I've ever said
Maladjusted, maladjusted
Maladjusted maladjusted
Never to be trusted
Oh, never to be trusted
There's nothing wrong with you, oh
There's nothing wrong with you, oh
There's nothing wrong with you, oh
There's nothing wrong with you
There's nothing wrong with you


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"Maladjusted" as written by Martin James Boorer Steven Morrissey

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    General CommentJust incase people aren't aware about the Stevenage Overspill reference. Stevenage is known as the London Overspill as it's within Commutable distance of London. It's fast becoming quite big and house prices rocketed there a long time ago.
    Thus Morrissey is digging about being in the Overspill for an Overspill. He could be reversing it and refering to London with this as he immediately refers to SW6 after which is a London postcode.
    xdvron April 15, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"On this glorious occasion, of the splendid defeat"
    This audio sample of dialogue is taken from the film Cockleshell Heroes.
    marquiceriseon December 27, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"In a low-cut blouse she brings the beer."
    "They'll eat a working girl like her alive."
    Joni Mitchell, in the song "The Jungle Line".

    The Malady Lingers On
    "...But the melody lingers on."
    -Ziegfeld Follies, by Irving Berlin
    marquiceriseon December 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this is one of his most actively nasty and spiteful songs. Hence why it's so great. The Maladjusted person is not him, but another person who is really screwed up - and the refrain of "still I maintain there's nothing wrong with you" is denial.

    People are screwed up.
    xdvron April 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure the Maladjusted person is Morrissey himself, considering all of the third-person lines that hint at the Moz archetype. Including the bit about the low-cut blouse, stifling a Friday night, etc. "There's nothing wrong with you" is pretty much self-reassurance.. and denial. But whatever, that's just perspective. The same meaning.

    I think this is one of.. well, the good track from Maladjusted. And Ambitious Outsiders is interesting.. Though I won't go so far as to attempt to praise the album in it's entirety, it's really just that it doesnt live up to Moz standards, specifically.
    kcsongbirdon June 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love, "Anyway do you want to hear our story or not?" Morrissey admonishing the listener as if we had strayed from the topic not he....Hilarious Morrissey in excellent form in this one.
    eddiebon August 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about prostitution, hence 'working girls' and also how she flops on the bed with dread...she's ashamed but has to do such things for whatever reason. Also with the stevenage overspill, it's like she's less than the people who live in actual London, that's why girls like her would 'kill to live around' the posher areas such as SW6.
    hf1989on September 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think of this song as Morrissey's attempt to write an 'epic' song about the rough side of London that he either read about or fantasized about. But I don't think it quite works. While the music is great- heavy, sinister, kind of claustaphobic- I think the story is kind of muddled. In my opinion, Morrissey says it best when he uses the least words- such as in the song- "Used to be a Sweet Boy", he let's the music and simple images speak volumes for him.

    I think ultimately with the Maladjusted album, and why many fans to consider it to be one of his lesser works is that his heart really wasn't in it for writing songs for a general audience. He seemed to be going through a mid-life crisis of sorts and had too many scores to settle and too many things to come to term with 'Sorrow Will Come in the End', 'Ammunition', 'Trouble Loves Me' and in my opinion- songs about his parents 'Papa Jack' and 'Alma Matters'. I think this introspection started with Southpaw Grammar (also not considered to be one of his more popular albums). Even a fun songs like Roy's Keen and Dagenham Dave (from SG) play more like inside jokes than songs his fans could not really relate to. The one song on the album that is a throwback to his earlier, more freewheeling ironic days is 'Satan Rejected My Soul.' Fortunately Morrissey learned to loosen up again and made a smashing comeback with 'You are the Quarry.'
    BillyBuddon December 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOne of Morrissey's finest songs. Yes wordy, but very effective painting of the dark side of London.

    Maladjusted is primarily the call girls. But secondarily Moz himself, as a writer and singer on the outsider, singing about the outsider.
    matthewallen5000on February 09, 2015   Link

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