Sweetness, sweetness I was only joking
When I said I'd like to smash every tooth
In your head
Oh oh oh

Sweetness, sweetness, I was only joking
When I said by rights you
Should be bludgeoned in your bed

And now I know how Joan of Arc felt
Now I know how Joan of Arc felt
As the flames rose to her Roman nose
And her Walkman started to melt

Bigmouth, la-da-da-da-da, bigmouth, la-da-da-da
Bigmouth strikes again
And I've got no right to take my place
With the human race
Oh oh oh oh oh
Bigmouth, la-da-da-da-da, bigmouth, la-da-da-da
Bigmouth strikes again
And I've got no right to take my place
With the human race

And now I know how Joan of Arc felt
Now I know how Joan of Arc felt
As the flames rose to her Roman nose
And her hearing aid started to melt

Bigmouth, la-da-da-da-da, bigmouth, la-da-da-da
Bigmouth strikes again
And I've got no right to take my place
With the human race
Oh oh oh oh oh
Bigmouth, la-da-da-da-da, bigmouth, la-da-da-da
Bigmouth strikes again
And I've got no right to take my place
With the human race
Oh oh oh oh oh

Bigmouth, oh oh oh oh, bigmouth, la-da-da-da
Bigmouth strikes again
And I've got no right to take my place
With the human race
Oh oh oh oh oh
Bigmouth, la-da-da-da-da, bigmouth, la-da-da-da
Bigmouth strikes again
And I've got no right to take my place
With the human race


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Bigmouth Strikes Again Lyrics as written by Johnny Marr Steven Morrissey

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  • +21
    My Interpretation

    It just hit me today that the Joan of Arc bit is very simple. Say the wrong thing, burn with embarrassment.

    jbcon April 16, 2012   Link
  • +16
    General Comment

    Serious? This song is a hilarious indictment of Morrissey's own big mouth! He is the Joan of Arc of this song and the flames he's talking about are those he brought on himself by mouthing off about the royal Family, Madonna, and too many other subjects to name. That's why I loved him--his crackpot statements and acidic wit were second to none in the music business. People who didn't get the humor in the Smith's songs were totally missing the point.

    BobCon June 21, 2002   Link
  • +8
    General Comment

    The first verses of this song are absolutely brilliant. They're immerse in a humour aura that I can't even understand fully. "I was only joking when I said I'd like to smash every tooth in your head" and such other phrases in other Smiths songs, like "I still love you, just a slightly less then I used to, my love" are what give the band this strong identity. Sorry for the poor english. Gabriel, Brasil

    gabrielshavoon March 29, 2011   Link
  • +7
    General Comment

    Morrissey once said 'I never intended to be controversial, but it's very easy to be controversial in pop music, because nobody ever is.'

    manic4manicson July 01, 2013   Link
  • +6
    General Comment

    Okee dokee people of the world, here is my uber-insightful take on the song. "Joking when I said....smash every tooth in your head" This might seem 'serious', but of course, everybody knows mozz is joking. I think that it's mocking the ridiculousness of the world, and it is also Morrissey mocking himself.

    As for the refrences to Joan of Arc: Joan of Arc was accued of being a lesbian for dressing and acting and saying things the way she did. This, perhaps, could be referencing all the criticism Mozz gets about his sexuality, by prancing around and declaring his celibacy...hence 'bigmouth'

    "I've got no right to take my place in the human race" Morrissey has loudly proclaimed what he thinks of the world, and how much he ahem "loves" people. So maybe this is his way of saying hey, I've criticized all these people and ridiculed and mocked them...so why would they accept me into society? He's admitting to himself in that he doesn't deserve his place....in the human race...

    And as for the title of this song, 'Bigmouth Strikes Again', I am under the popular belief that Morrissey is referring to himself. About how he can't keep his big mouth shut with all his skepticism and criticism of people and society.

    .....and if you can't tell I have spent a long time thinking this over...lol X)

    mediocremurphyon December 03, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General Comment

    You probably all know this, but no one said it, so I will. The squeaky voice is Morrisey's vocals only played at high speed and attacked by techinical thingys, but in the cover notes its credited to a woman called 'Ann Coates' who doesn't actually exist. Ann Coates is a pun on the Ancoats district in Manchester.

    Deadcjunkieon December 28, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    Haha, this song sounds to me like a self-criticism...Morrisey talks too much! Also, I've always seen the subject of Morrisey's sexuality debated, and he never quite gave clear answers in interviews, and it just may be about when Johnny Marry spilled the beans in an interview found here: cemetrygates.com/vault/smiths/record.html

    Jawshon February 10, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    I came across Placebo's version of this song while digging for some of their obscure tracks, then was taken in by The Smiths' original version. I'd never considered the humor angle of this song before... that would explain the cartoonish, Chipmunk-like background vocals. They make a good harmony, but sound totally silly.

    presidentandceoon April 09, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    the guitar in this song is amazing. it gives me chills.

    digitalloveon October 24, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    i used to think there was a chipmunk-voiced woman in the smiths because of this song.

    vadgeon November 02, 2004   Link

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