I left the North
I traveled South
I found a tiny house
And I can't help the way that I feel

Oh yes, you can kick me
And you can punch me
And you can break my face
But you won't change the way I feel
'Cause I love you, oh

And is it really so strange?
Oh, is it really so strange?
Oh, is it really so, really so strange?
I say, "No", you say, "Yes"
But you will change your mind

I left the South
I traveled North
I got confused, I killed a horse
I can't help the way that I feel

Oh yes, you can kick me
And you can butt me
And you can break my spine
But you won't change the way I feel
'Cause I love you, oh

And is it really so strange?
Oh, is it really so strange?
Oh, is it really so, really so strange?
I say, "No", you say, "Yes"
But you will change your mind

I left the North again
I traveled South again
And I got confused, I killed a nun
I can't help the way I feel

I can't help the way I feel
I can't help the way I feel
I lost my bag in Newport Pagnell

Why is the last mile the hardest mile?
My throat was dry, with the sun in my eyes
And I realized, I realized
I could never, I could never, never, go back home again


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Is It Really So Strange Lyrics as written by Johnny Marr Steven Morrissey

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  • +4
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    This song has become a kind of anthem for me in connection to a relationship I have just ended. all the time I thought I could convince someone to love me, but it ended up blowing up in my face.The Smiths are my official breakup theraphy. It helps to wollow in your self pity, till you get over it.

    Birdyon October 01, 2004   Link
  • +3
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    Just a little side note:

    Not ALL of Morrissey's lyrics have to do with "sexuality", I'm sure.

    It's getting really annoying how on all the songs, everyone posts that it has to do with "homosexuality"

    If you didn't know that he was a homosexual (which he MIGHT be), you wouldn't have a clue.

    JEEZ.

    Just my opinion

    DriveMySoulon April 08, 2009   Link
  • +3
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    The gay interpretations seem lazy to me. It always reminds me of this Moz lyrics: "Most people keep their brains between their legs". There's more to life than sex...

    I think his lyrics are way less specific than people think too; more about general concepts of feelings/relationship dynamics that anyone can relate to, regardless of sexual preference.

    I think this song is about being in love with someone you don't know well, which people find strange (as in "creepy"). The object of his interest is creeped out by his obsessive infatuation.

    The traveling around part is a metaphor for trying to escape a feeling instead of facing it, but you can't get away from it. Instead, you just get confused

    voodoodollyon October 01, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    "I could never never go back home again."

    -24 Hours From Tulsa by Gene Pitney

    marquiceriseon December 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    "I can never go home anymore" - The Shangri-Las 1965.

    (24 hours from Tulsa..its actually Hal David's/Burt Bacharach's song that Gene covered.

    CharmingManon February 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    A funny song about a stalker, me thinks.

    smug_as_a_bugon September 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    does anyone understand the "killed a horse/nun" part? it seems like it's referencing something specific, but i have no idea what...

    jalopyon September 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    why are some of you guys jerks?

    Anyway, this is another one about accepting yourself, namely your sexuality.

    HWOntoFireon September 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I agree with Birdy, tbh. It's absolutely obligatory to listen to I Know It's Over while drinking heavily if you've been dumped. Not this song tho...not enough self pity in this one... ;)

    JoeBaldwinon August 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
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    I love this song, my favorite part is when morrissey sings

    "why is the last mile the hardest mile? my throat was dry, with the sun in my eyes"

    j0rdanon December 09, 2009   Link

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