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    Jun 2nd 2020 report

    This song with the lyrics by Patrick Morrisey and music by Johnny Marr is another weeping, but swingy smiths song, with a tune that hints towards deep emotions, not of anger but of true sadness felt by people who are aware of their position and embrace it.
    Now that's out of the way, the song itself is pretty simple, the first line records how either Morrisey himself or the speaker feels after being drunk.
    Saying 'I was happy in a haze of a drunken hour'. The first thing to say here is the lyrics chosen, 'Haze' sort of I guess Morrisey is confused. I never really understand the use of this word, apart from the fact that it actually sounds quite good with the melody. But from this very first line we can immediately tell that the speaker isn't happy unless their drunk.

    'Heaven knows Im miserable now' - I think sometimes people delve way too far into the divine with song interpretations, I don't really think Morrisey is the sort of egomaniac that when writing this he tries to confirm religion, that is the interpretation of a moron. Instead hes just writing poetically, as his influences in Shelley and Byron did in the same way, always over playing their emotions to their audience because they are hyper sensitive writers.
    Morrisey is the same and Heaven knows I'm miserable now just says at the most, If god or gods are real, he knows Im miserable but doesn't help me.

    'I was looking for a Job and then I found a job … … Im miserable etc.' - Speaker wants a job but we can assume like most deprest people he hates it. I also believe morrisey isn't the type of character to enjoy societies enforcement of shit jobs, but either way a pretty simple line.

    The next number of lines consisting of morrisey singing in his forceto is really where we get a sense of anger towards people - the speaker asks himself why does he give his time to those who don't care how sad he is. Something depressed people might ask themselves quite often. But don't misunderstand and think Morissey is begging for sympathy, instead he just doesn't want to outpour his energy to those who don't give one.

    'Two lovers entwined past me by … … … Im miserable' - this line shows the speakers agst and misery at seeing those who are happy, not out of jelousy for a specific person, but because the speaker wants that sought of love, and seemingly behind his misery there is a desire for loving someone else, but none really listens and just sees him for the face value he presents at his own folley.

    ~Job line repeats with line about giving time to people who don't care~

    'what she asked of me at the end of the day, Caligula would have blushed' - this is really hard to pin down, I cant really be bothered to look at whether Caligula is a person or the roman emperor, but it sounds great, its really over the top and I like it as the emperor to be honest.
    You can get more out of the next line - 'You've been in the house too long she said... and I naturally fled' So a womanly figure has appeared, girlfriend, wife or mother, not wife for sure. Or could is proposetoursly be Aphrodite? - or since the Caligula line - Venus. bit of a stretch but would be cool, plus with enough shit around interpretations anything can fit. So go with what you like it doesn't matter, what does matter is that when the speaker receives the slightest criticism he runs away - hyper sensitive person.

    lines after this just repeat themselves, nothing new. This is after all just my view, take what ever you want out of this song, if you relate to the song don't know what to say apart from I agree...

    - 90125 (look that up)

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