Oh! Take me back to dear old Blighty,
Put me on the train for London Town,
Take me anywhere,
Drop me anywhere,
Liverpool, Leeds or Birmingham
But I don't care,
I should like to see my

I don't bless them
Farewell to this land's cheerless marshes
Hemmed in like a boar between arches
Her very Lowness with a head in a sling
I'm truly sorry, but it sounds like a wonderful thing

I said Charles, don't you ever crave
To appear on the front of the Daily Mail
Dressed in your Mother's bridal veil?
Oh
And so, I checked all the registered historical facts
And I was shocked into shame to discover
How I'm the 18th pale descendant
Of some old queen or other

Oh, has the world changed, or have I changed?
Oh has the world changed, or have I changed?

Some nine-year old tough who peddles drugs
I swear to God
I swear, I never even knew what drugs were
Oh
So, I broke into the palace
With a sponge and a rusty spanner
She said, "Eh, I know you, and you cannot sing"
I said, "That's nothing, you should hear me play piano"

We can go for a walk where it's quiet and dry
And talk about precious things
But when you're tied to your Mother's apron
No-one talks about castration
Oh

We can go for a walk where it's quiet and dry
And talk about precious things
Like love and law and poverty
Oh, these are the things that kill me

We can go for a walk where it's quiet and dry
And talk about precious things
But the rain that flattens my hair
Oh, these are the things that kill me

All their lies about make-up and long hair, are still there

Past the pub who saps your body
And the church who'll snatch your money
The Queen is dead, boys
And it's so lonely on a limb
Past the pub that wrecks your body
And the church, all they want is your money
The Queen is dead, boys
And it's so lonely on a limb

Life is very long, when you're lonely
Life is very long, when you're lonely
Life is very long, when you're lonely
Life is very long, when you're lonely


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Queen Is Dead (Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty) [Medley] Lyrics as written by Johnny Marr Steven Morrissey

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  • +11
    General CommentShortly before this album was released, some guy called Fagin broke into Buckingham palace and actually found his way into her very lowness's bedroom and sat on her bed talking to her for about ten minutes before the alarm was raised (wouldn't you love a transcript?)
    I think the sponge and rusty spanner line is mocking the lack of security at the palace...just another sign of the declining importance of the Monarchy in Britain.
    The bit about Charles and the wedding veil could be the singer asking Charles is he really as stiff and correct as he appears or does he have crazy fantasies and ideas like the rest of us...is he a human-being! At least Morrissey is polite enough to ask.

    God save the queen! Eh, John?
    Boss Manon July 17, 2005   Link

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