"Suffer Little Children" as written by Johnny Marr and Steven Patrick Morrissey....
Over the moor, take me to the moor
Dig a shallow grave
And I'll lay me down

Over the moor, take me to the moor
Dig a shallow grave
And I'll lay me down

Lesley-Anne, with your pretty white beads
Oh John, you'll never be a man
And you'll never see your home again
Oh Manchester, so much to answer for

Edward, see those alluring lights ?
Tonight will be your very last night

A woman said : "I know my son is dead
I'll never rest my hands on his sacred head"

Hindley wakes and Hindley says :
Hindley wakes, Hindley wakes, Hindley wakes, and says :
"Oh, wherever he has gone, I have gone"

But fresh lilaced moorland fields
Cannot hide the stolid stench of death
Fresh lilaced moorland fields
Cannot hide the stolid stench of death

Hindley wakes and says :
Hindley wakes, Hindley wakes, Hindley wakes, and says :
"Oh, whatever he has done, I have done"

But this is no easy ride
For a child cries :

"Oh, find me...find me, nothing more
We are on a sullen misty moor
We may be dead and we may be gone
But we will be, we will be, we will be, right by your side
Until the day you die
This is no easy ride
We will haunt you when you laugh
Yes, you could say we're a team
You might sleep
You might sleep
You might sleep
Oh, you might sleep
You might sleep

Oh Manchester, so much to answer for
Oh Manchester, so much to answer for

Oh, find me, find me !
Find me !
I'll haunt you when you laugh
Oh, I'll haunt you when you laugh
You might sleep
Over the moors, I'm on the moor
Oh, over the moor
Oh, the child is on the moor

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"Suffer Little Children" as written by Johnny Marr Steven Morrissey

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  • +9
    General CommentMorrissey does not neglect Brady's part in the killings, rather focuses on Hindley's.
    Morrissey is not a stupid man, what he does in his songs, he does carefully and calculatingly. Brady was beyond help, beyond the reach of this song whereas the more disturbing aspect of Hindley was that she was eerily human considering what she did.
    This song is written TO her. Morrissey hopes she remembers the voices and the children she helped to kill until the day she dies. Whenever she laughs or experiences pleasure, whenever she sleeps, he wants her to suffer for what she did.
    She's dead now, I hope those children were the last thing she thought of.
    mozza_fanon May 15, 2006   Link
  • +5
    General CommentIn October of 1965, the body of Edward Evans was found battered to death. The murderer, Ian Brady, was the son of a former meat porter at Smithfield Market. After moving from Glasgow to Moss Side, Brady had first taken a job at a meat market before securing a clerical post at Millwards, a chemical company in Levenshulme Road. Within weeks his work colleagues were commenting on his moodiness and quick temper. He appeared to spendmost of his time and money on boks, whose subject matter ranged from Naziism to the works of Marquis De Sade. Brady found a willing disciple and lover in a work-mate named Myra Hindley, who participated in his abduction and murder of children. It was Brady's attempt to extend that evil to a third party which proved his undoing. David Smith, the brother-in-law of Hindley, had witnessed the slaying of Evans and, after consulting his wife, duly informed the police. Evidence linking Brady and Hindley with the disappearance of Lesley Ann Downey emerged soon afterwards and a witness directed the authorities to a bleak spot on Saddleworth Moor where a corpse was exhumed from a shallow grave.

    Among Lesley Ann's naked remains was a string of white beads that had been given to her as a Christmas present on the eve of her fateful visit to the fun fair.

    On 6 December 1965, committal proceedings were opened against Brady and Hindley. While Separated, they sent each other a message in code, which threatened: 'SMITH WILL DIE'. During the interrogation, Myra offered the defiant refrain: Whatever Ian has done, I have done."

    "Wherever he has gone, I have gone."
    marquiceriseon January 13, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General CommentOne of the most haunting songs I've ever heard
    Jenovassonon April 30, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti think the song is ultimately about the effects of the moors murders on manchester society as a hole. with the first lines 'take me to the moor, dig a shallow grave and i'll lie me down' morrissey seems to put himself in the place of the murdered children, suggesting that everyone in manchester felt an very personal pain, that there was a sort of collective empathy, resulting from the moors murders. 'we will by your side, till the day you die' suggests the profound social effect of the murders, a crime the likes of which was truly shocking and unheard of in its day. 'manchester, so much to answer for' suggests a sense collective guilt that such a terrible thing could happen in manchester society
    desijameson September 09, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is one of the best Smiths songs. Gives me shivers.
    Chloe le Fayon July 07, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentA haunting, depressing song. Perhaps the bleakest The Smiths ever recorded. That doesn't mean it's not great, it just means it's not exactly a delight to listen to the same way some of their more upbeat singles are. None of them are exactly upbeat actually, so what does that say about this song? It's a downer even for The Smiths. Nonetheless, it's a very moving, if creepy, song about true events, which makes it all the creepier. Not to mention the crying at the end. I'm shuttering just thinking about it. Certainly one of the more powerful songs this band ever recorded, for better or for worse.
    HyperBullyon March 19, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm an Italian girl and I've looked for the meaning of this song for such a long time..then,when I discover it, some years ago,was totally shocked and couldn't believe it. The Moors Murders...only this name gives me shivers and takes me to a place of silence,sorrow and death. It's such a touching song,and I often have to hide a tear when I listen to it,cause the fact that it's about something real makes me absolutely upset...
    Sweet Janeon April 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHard to believe that this was the first song Morrissey and Marr wrote together.
    xod makes a good point about Hindley's sanity...after all, who could understand what was going through Brady's mind except maybe another psychopath? But Hindley? We have a sane woman of above average intelligence who helped a monster kill children for no other reason than that she loved the monster.
    Anyway! I feel that this is a brave song about a difficult subject.
    Boss Manon July 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFirst line is still from 'Still Ill'.
    tombertramon May 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMorrissey was a boy when the Moors Murders were in the news. It was very frightening to him.

    Chilling, no matter how you look at it. Deft handling of a very difficult subject.

    Now I read the news and five teenagers surround one of their classmates, pour alcohol on him and set him on fire. He survives but obviously will never truly recover. Idiots on news sites post comments like, "He snitched; well now he's learned his lesson." Shit they stole his father's bicycle and he was supposed to keep his mouth shut to protect these unspeakable thugs? The occasional sociopath I'd expect, but apparently there are now a significant proportion of people out there with no consciences.

    Hysteria about crime is usually misguided but sometimes I can understand it.
    foreverdroneon December 06, 2009   Link

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