Heifer whines could be human cries
Closer comes the screaming knife
This beautiful creature must die
This beautiful creature must die
A death for no reason
And death for no reason is MURDER

And the flesh you so fancifully fry
Is not succulent, tasty or kind
It's death for no reason
And death for no reason is MURDER

And the calf that you carve with a smile
Is MURDER
And the turkey you festively slice
Is MURDER
Do you know how animals die ?

Kitchen aromas aren't very homely
It's not "comforting", cheery or kind
It's sizzling blood and the unholy stench
Of MURDER

It's not "natural", "normal" or kind
The flesh you so fancifully fry
The meat in your mouth
As you savour the flavour
Of MURDER

NO, NO, NO, IT'S MURDER
NO, NO, NO, IT'S MURDER
Oh...and who hears when animals cry ?


Lyrics submitted by Idan

"Meat Is Murder" as written by Johnny Marr Steven Morrissey

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General CommentI think they were brave for even writing this song.. I mean look at the backlash just on here..
    I admit that the song is a bit melodramatic, but it makes a point that most are afraid to make. I think the lyrics work because they suggest that eating meat is not necessary, therefore it is unneeded cruelty. Though I wouldn't consider it to be "unnatural".. I'm not really too strict with my vegetarianism, and often lapse, but I admire the Smiths for making this song.
    I think Tolstoy said it best:
    "As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields."
    aeon_omissionon December 01, 2008   Link

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