Heifer whines could be human cries
Closer comes the screaming knife
This beautiful creature must die
This beautiful creature must die
A death for no reason
And death for no reason is MURDER

And the flesh you so fancifully fry
Is not succulent, tasty or kind
It's death for no reason
And death for no reason is MURDER

And the calf that you carve with a smile
And the turkey you festively slice
Do you know how animals die ?

Kitchen aromas aren't very homely
It's not "comforting", cheery or kind
It's sizzling blood and the unholy stench

It's not "natural", "normal" or kind
The flesh you so fancifully fry
The meat in your mouth
As you savour the flavour

Oh...and who hears when animals cry ?

Lyrics submitted by Idan

Meat Is Murder Lyrics as written by Johnny Marr Steven Morrissey

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  • +14
    General CommentMeat is Murder does preach vegetarianism BUT more importantly and powerfully it actually is Morrissey identifiying with the raising, slaughtering and consumption of defenceless creatures by their superiors...so it can relate to Morrissey himself whilst at school in Manchester, where kids had their brains fried ("heifer whines could be human cries"). It is a metaphor for the violence society wreaks...hence the soldier on the cover of the album with Meat is Murder written on the helmet by Morrissey...The army is another institute of civilised barbarism....another part of the MEAT industry...Morrissey is preoccupied by Institutional Violence
    JimmyDon June 10, 2005   Link
  • +9
    General Commentmy god this song is so graphic...i know so many people who turned vegitarian because of this song...
    Kezon June 04, 2002   Link
  • +7
    General Commentthere is a strong possibility that this song is about meat.
    Thomas353on December 08, 2009   Link
  • +5
    General Commentalthough this song was able to make a lot of people go vegetarian, it also proves that some people seem to stay ignorant forever. i live vegan now for 1 1/2 years, before that i was vegetarian and i am so tired about people talking this bullshit seen above. there is nothing, simply nothing that can justify the murder of animals, who definitely have the same abilities like humans to suffer as much in a physical as in a psychical way.
    this song's lyrics are really great. morrissey perfectly describes the disgust that you have when imagining that this piece of meat was an animal that should have a right to live.
    rise_from_ruinon October 12, 2004   Link
  • +5
    General Commentthe line that really upsets me is "this beautiful creature must die". i can't really see how anyone can listen to this song and not consider becoming a vegetarian.
    ladyboygrrlon November 15, 2004   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI'm so glad I'm a vegan, I dont hink I could listen to this song if I ate meat without feeling so guilty. Respect to them for singing about killing animals and highlighting the fact that this is not necessary. People can live perfectly well without meat and Morrissey was promoting this idea to a wide audience and well done to him if he made people think about stopping eating meat.
    Mrs Morrisseyon March 20, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentInteresting that many Smith's Fans have dismissed this song for being melodramatic - such is the power of Morrissey that a fan may be a carnivoure, and hetrosexual, and right-wing but they still followed him..
    I always felt the animal and abattoir machinery sounds were needless additions to the song. At the time of its release there were few musical artists known to be vegetarians (Paul McCartney, Chrissie Hinds) let alone singing about it. The song highlighted the subject and allowed adult debate.
    The song is hypnotic, a plodding sound, similar to a reggae beat with some wonderful hammering piano chords
    CharmingManon February 24, 2006   Link
  • +3
    MemoryI can thank this song for the vegetarian conversion, and of course all the opinions that Morrissey has expressed through interviews etc. In just 24 days, I shall be celebrating a year of being vegie!
    theghostoftroubledjoeon September 12, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentMorrissey is clearly very passionate about this subject and this song definitely sticks in your mind with all its melancholy and gruesomeness.

    Although I understand completely why some people are vegetarians, I don't really see what the great problem is- after all, all carnivorous animals go around killing other animals for food, don't they? It's natural selection, survival of the fittest.

    However, I do think the animals we do raise for food should live good, free lives, not cooped up in tiny sheds and treated like science experiments.
    manic4manicson October 09, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI was a vegetarian before I heard this song, but I played it for my meat-eating friends to gross them out.
    cuddledumplinon February 03, 2005   Link

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