Trudging slowly over wet sand
Back to the bench where your clothes were stolen
This is the coastal town
That they forgot to close down
Armageddon, come Armageddon!
Come, Armageddon! Come!

Everyday is like Sunday
Everyday is silent and grey

Hide on the promenade
Etch a postcard :
"How I Dearly Wish I Was Not Here"
In the seaside town
That they forgot to bomb
Come, come, come, nuclear bomb

Everyday is like Sunday
Everyday is silent and grey

Trudging back over pebbles and sand
And a strange dust lands on your hands
(And on your face)
(On your face)
(On your face)
(On your face)

Everyday is like Sunday
"Win yourself a cheap tray"
Share some greased tea with me
Everyday is silent and grey

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Everyday Is Like Sunday Lyrics as written by Steven Morrissey Stephen Street

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  • +6
    General CommentI think this song is about expressing boredom and suppression. The boring holiday in a sea side town seems to be a spiritual place to reflect the boredom where everyday is like sunday; all the shops are closed and there's nothing to do. The first verse implies that he feels naked and alone and he wishes that the sea side town (his boredom) could just be destroyed and made rid of. This is one of the best songs I've ever heard to express unhappiness and boredom, which also cleverly makes fun of typical holidays, for instance "etch a postcard, how i dealy wish i was not here", replacing the typical "wish you were here" with a message more honest, almost like a cry for help.
    Tom_999on May 22, 2005   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI agree that boredom is certainly a central theme of this song, but I think that we're not fully recognizing the nuclear undertones. Bear in mind that this was written and released during the time of Margaret Thatcher as Britan's PM, and before the fall of the Soviet Union. Thatcher's heavily militaristic policies coupled with the still-present threat of nuclear war may have been the driving force behind these lyrics.

    My interpretation (and I am not comitted to it) is that this isn't about boredom as much as it is about the aftermath of a nuclear war. The quiet boredom that accompanies a sleepy town on a sunday could also be that of a deserted town after a nuclear war. The story (in my opinion) is that of two lovers who have survived the war, but probably not for much longer. Note the lyrics don't just refer to wanting a nuclear bomb to come, but that they're in a town that "they forgot to bomb." This strikes me as a reference to the fact that the town that they're in was spared nuclear destruction, only to face a more prolonged one, and that the earlier mention of wishing for nuclear bombs is so that their suffering can be ended.

    The last lines of the song, which note the falling of a "a strange dust" probably refers to that of the ash that follows a nuclear detonation and the fires that follow. Again, I'm not convinced that I'm right, but this has always been my interpretation.
    SleepyWeaselon December 22, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI have to disagree with comments about how this describes the futility of life. It beautifully details the dullness of the many gone to seed British seaside towns. The song describes Whitstable so perfectly it made me laugh out loud when I first heard it.

    Nobody's mentioned that this, like so many of Morrissey's songs is funny... "trudging back to the bench where your clothes were stolen" is a scene from a sitcom! Calling for the bombing of a town because it's boring is self-consciously and hilariously adolescent. I have no idea what greased tea and strange dust is about but wouldn't be surprised if there were some literary innuendo there.

    On the subject of which, the "come nuclear bombs" line is an obvious reference to John Betjeman's "Slough": "Come, friendly bombs and fall on Slough" but lacks its snobbishness. Morrissey admirers might like to wonder if this little poem didn't influence him just as much as Wilde:…
    EddieTheCaton August 24, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentExcuse me?
    Colin Meloy?
    I'll stick with this version. One of the best songs ever written.

    It's about how life in general is "Silent and Gray" and when people get a chance they 'Escape' to lovely fun towns were all of your cares will go away. But then you get there and you realise that it feels 200 times worse.

    "Etch a postcard :
    'How I Dearly Wish I Was Not Here'
    In the seaside town
    ...that they forgot to bomb"
    Thierry14on April 08, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMorrissey is simply talking about the tacky, run down seaside towns of Britain where the beaches are littered with concrete or wooden groynes, where the promenade has an arcade or an ice cream stall, but it just makes it seem so depressing. Where old people go to retire and people steal your clothes off of the bench;)
    I think he is expressing the idea that British beaches, especially in England can be very dull places just like those rainy Sundays you had as a child with absolutely nothing to do as every Brit has probably experienced. This is an opinion that I had before I even heard the song.
    Waterfall123on April 21, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIts about holidaying in a seaside town out of season and how sleepy and boring it is
    Johnnoon June 05, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe video for this was made in southend, something which i was extatic about, he even passes my house... 51 burdett avenue, westcliff on sea, so if you want to recreate the video...
    hoitsmithon September 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWas listening to a documentary about Morrissey on Radio 2 just now, and they pointed out that 'Come Armageddon' is most likely a reference to 'Slough' by John Betjeman: 'Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough! It isn't fit for humans now.' [Slough's a town in Berkshire, England, for those of you not familiar with English geography.]
    Can't believe I needed that pointing out to me!
    richeyeon April 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHas anyone noticed how the NFL has been using this song to advertise their website?

    Like someone I know said, "What a bleak statement to represent yourself with."
    CivoLeeon October 01, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIts about Rhyl in North Wales in high season.
    Violator9696on March 23, 2009   Link

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