"The Teachers Are Afraid Of The Pupils" as written by and Martin Boorer Steven Morrissey....
There's too many people
Planning your downfall
When your spirit's on trial
These nights can be frightening
Sleep transports sadness
To some other mid-brain
And somebody here
Will not be here next year
So you stand by the board
Full of fear and intention
And, if you think that they're listening
Well, you've got to be joking
Oh, you understand change
And you think it's essential
But when your profession
Is humiliation
Say the wrong word to our children...
We'll have you, oh yes, we'll have you
Lay a hand on our children
And it's never too late to have you
Mucus on your collar
A nail up through the staff chair
A blade in your soap
And you cry into your pillow
To be finished would be a relief
To be finished would be a relief
To be finished would be a relief
To be finished would be a relief
To be finished would be a relief
To be finished would be a relief
Say the wrong word to our children...
We'll have you, oh yes, we'll have you
Lay a hand on our children
And it's never too late to have you
To be finished would be a relief
To be finished would be a relief
To be finished would be a relief
To be finished would be a relief
To be finished would be a relief
To be finished would be a relief

I'm very glad the spring has come
The sun shines out so bright
All the birds that are on the trees
Are singing for delight


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"The Teachers Are Afraid of the Pupils" as written by Steven Patrick Morrissey Martin James Boorer

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    General CommentThis is one of my favourite Moz songs. Powerful and sinister, it is a direct turnaround from The Headmaster's Ritual which speaks of being bullied as a pupil.

    Now the tables have turned, society has changed, and the teachers struggle to control unruly youths across the nation. Now the teacher's are persecuted by the nasty, spiteful class members. Gone are the days when a teacher can inflict physical pain on a pupil, and woe betide them if they overstep the mark, as the parent's 'will have you, oh yes...'

    A work of overlooked genuis.
    matthewallen5000on August 22, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's one of the most underrated Moz songs...sharp witness of society he noticed how schools and education have changed. Time has gone by since "Hey teacher leave the kids alone!", nowadays it's the opposite (believe me as an ex-teacher...)
    ilganzopedeon April 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my favorite Morrissey song, and I'm sad to see that nobody commented on it. It's much different from the rest of his songs. It stands out.
    Phrogexon May 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGod knows where the last verse has appeared from, it certainly isn't on my version. Can anyone explain?
    matthewallen5000on August 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's a sample of a boy speaking, at just after the 9 minutes mark.
    It's "Little Birds are on the trees" tho.

    Post-Rock Morrissey, and brilliant. Great use of of sampling and an amazing drumbeat.
    xdvron December 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPoor Moz, torn between his antipathy toward British education and his hatred of children.
    anthony110on March 27, 2015   Link
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    MemoryIt was 1996 and I was going through a rough time with my (then) wife. After weeks/months of turmoil, I found out that the source of her emotional distance and, at times, disdain for me, was that she had been cheating on me.

    After an angry outburst, alone in my basement, I walked upstairs into my living room and turned on the hi-fi. Southpaw Grammar was disc #1 in the changer and played automatically.

    I sat on the ground... ...then comes the bit where he sings "to be finished would be a relief" over and over again...

    and then the gigantic, dissonant, cathartic build!

    ..then the bit - "I'm very glad the spring has come/
    The sun shines out so bright/
    All the birds that are on the trees/
    Are singing for delight"

    I swear through the course of this song - recounting the sadness, heartbreak and torture of the previous months - and given the new news, I had fallen out of love with her and realized what I had to do. Our divorce was final 3 months later...
    arithmetikon June 24, 2015   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI reckon it's not so much social commentary, but rather the narrator expressing disgust and hatred towards cruel, nasty teachers.
    barefooton September 04, 2010   Link

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