I am born to hang
that's all healthy news
in a nutshell this means that
I never have to live like you

I am born to hang
but not to have kids
and to never be wed - no,
to someone whom I don't even love

and the noose eventually came loose

when you're born
when you're born to hang
time is so strange
and love doesn't come
no, or it comes then it comes too late

and the song that we sing
it rings in our heads
it's flowing with dread
because it's all that we know

hang the noose, let it not be loose (?)

when you're born to hang
time is so strange
and love doesn't come
or it comes it comes too late

and the song that we sing
it sings in our heads
and it's flowing with dread
because it's all we know

and the world is flowing in our head(?help!)


Lyrics submitted by mwalker, edited by ChrisLexor

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    General CommentI consider Born to Hang one of those bench-mark Morrissey songs. its never appeared on an actual album or single but it's 'out there' (I came across a promotional copy of it the basement of record store). If you've never heard it, then you are normal and good Morrissey fan. If you own it and listen to it regularly, then you are like me, a bit obssesive and frankly, a little scary.
    robotrogelioon February 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYes, I adore this song as well! I lump it with "Oh Phoney" in terms of being rare and not having been produced/mixed "properly" but still being a joy to hear in it's joviality and cheerful resignation to accepting oneself as an outsider. This song is specifically referencing the fact that in centuries past, Morrissey would be grouped with the Witches, the Seers, and the "Other Sex's" that most often succumbed to the hangings provided by villages intolerant of unique individuals who just so happened to transcend the trappings of everyday existence.
    davidbeauyon March 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHeh, I guess I'm the exception, robotrogelio. I'm a new fan and I own it.
    Kenichion February 28, 2008   Link

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