"Alma Matters" as written by and Steven Patrick/whyte Morrissey....
So the choice I have made
May seem strange to you
But who asked you, anyway?
It's my life to wreck
My own way

You see to someone, somewhere, oh yeah
Alma matters
In mind, body and soul
In part, and in whole
Because to someone, somewhere, oh yeah
Alma matters
In mind, body and soul
In part, and in whole

So the life I have made
May seem wrong to you
But, I've never been surer
It's my life to ruin
My own way

You see to someone, somewhere, oh yeah
Alma matters
In mind, body and soul
In part, and in whole
Because to someone, somewhere, oh yeah
Alma matters
In mind, body and soul
In part, and in whole

To someone, somewhere, oh yeah
Alma matters
In mind, body and soul
Part, and in whole
So to someone, somewhere, oh yeah
Alma matters
In mind, body and soul
Part, and in whole

To someone, somewhere, oh yeah
Oh yeah
Oh yeah, oh yeah
Oh yeah


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"Alma Matters" as written by Steven Morrissey Alain Whyte

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  • +1
    General CommentYou've ALL missed the point on this one.

    Moz, is a big fan of Coronation Street, and at the time of penning the lyrics to this song, Alma (Mike Baldwin's wife in Corrie) was dying of cancer, after having a rough time with her hubbie for a few years previous).

    The choice Moz had made, was to become a Coronation Street addict. It's his life to ruin, his own way!!

    Usual Moz tongue in cheekness.

    So, you see, Alma matters to someone, somewhere.........oh yeah!!
    Mickthe Mancon September 26, 2006   Link
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    General Comment'Alma Mater' is latin for 'nurturing mother', the pun here i think is that, in this case, the mother is overly nuturing and he wants freedom. he sings "To someone, somewhere, oh yeah... Alma matters" - to someone an overly nurturing mother is something they have never had and perhaps need or want, but morrissey just wants to be left to ruuin his life his own way.

    this is my interpretation, any disputes?
    Bankskon April 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentA measly 8 comments under this song!? Musically this is one of Morrissey's finest songs and definitely one of my favourites but I guess there is not much lyrics to work with.

    The title is obviously a play on the term Alma Mater which means "Nourishing Mother". The term is also used in connection with the Virgin Mary, as well as a term used in ancient rome for the mother goddess and more commonly in the modern era as the anthem for a University or educational establishment.

    Morrissey is also quoting A Taste of Honey - a "kitchen sink drama" written by Shelagh Delaney in the late 1950s as marquecerice correctly pointed out in his/her post. Morrissey was obviously a big fan and used Delaney's photo on the album cover artwork for Louder Than Bombs and also for the single Girlfriend in a Coma while he was in The Smiths.

    The play itself was hard hitting drama with a frank social commentary on single parenthood, poverty, class, race, gender and sexual orientation.

    I got this off wikipedia:
    "A Taste of Honey is set in Salford in northwestern England in the 1950s. It tells the story of Jo, a seventeen-year-old working class girl, and her mother, Helen, who is presented as crude and sexually indiscriminate. Helen leaves Jo alone in their new flat after she begins a relationship with Peter, a rich lover who is younger than her. At the same time Jo begins a romantic relationship with Jimmy, a black sailor. He proposes marriage but then goes to sea, leaving Jo pregnant and alone. She finds lodgings with a homosexual acquaintance, Geoffrey, who assumes the role of surrogate father. Helen returns after leaving her lover and the future of Jo's new home is put into question".

    In my opinion then Morrissey's title and play on the term "Alma Mater" (or Nourishing Mother) is an ironic one. The mother in this play was a working class alcoholic who pursued frivilous love affairs with little regard for her teenage daughter Jo who she abandons for a young rich lover. Therefore this song is a simple one written from the viewpoint of Jo's character claiming that "to someone somewhere" a caring and nurturing mother may be something or someone they need but not her!
    PrettyPettyThiefon April 16, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwell, "alma" means "soul" I think, this is just Morrissey stating self-acceptance, he doesn't care what people think and he may as well be himself, because the right one will love him for exactly who he is. Basically, my SOUL matters to somebody out there....I think it's rather magical.
    youngoneon March 11, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAlma is spanish for soul.

    So to someone, somewhere soul matters.
    ivonnedion November 18, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI wouldn't say it's his weakest, probably his second weakest album. I think the weakest is generally considered to be "Kill Uncle" which really didn't have any good songs except "Last Of The Family Line". Maladjusted starts with it's brilliant title track, then onto this and then onto my favourite "Trouble Loves Me" and finally finishes with the rather splendidly bombastic "Satan Rejected My Soul".

    I'm not quite sure what this song is about, but the verses do seem quite open in making it clear that he will not be told how to lead his life. It's all quite negatively phrased.
    xdvron April 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Anyway, it's your life, ruin it your own way."
    -A Taste Of Honey, by Shelagh Delaney.
    marquiceriseon December 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really love this song...I like the uptempo-ness to it and especially the lines "It's my life to ruin my way". What is talking about re: alma matters? Not really getting it...doesn't alma mean soul? So how can it matter mind body AND soul....
    enolfon February 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlma is a female for gods sakes. Everybody loves somebody. Even the unlikely.
    Luciferiaon June 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe pun on "alma mater" seems aparrent. No clue of the significance though...
    martinq312on July 25, 2006   Link

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