Penguin Classics have published the autobiography of former Smiths frontman and singer Morrissey which is out this week. The decision to publish it as a 'classic' is dividing even Smiths fans, but love him or hate him, or love to hate him - you can't have escaped the news of his literary release.
Whether he's breaking your heart, comforting you, making you laugh with his own brand of wit, or saying things in interviews that make you want to scream at him to shut up - you can't argue that he has a way with words. For that reason, I cannot wait to read the autobiography, and in preparation, and celebration, here is a selection of my favourite lyrics from the wordsmith. (In no particular order).
And if a double-decker bus/ Crashes into us/ To die by your side/ Is such a heavenly way to die
In my life/ Why do I smile/ At people who I'd much rather kick in the eye?
In the seaside town that they forgot to bomb/ Come, come, come - nuclear bomb
Fame, Fame, fatal Fame/ It can play hideous tricks on the brain/ But still I'd rather be Famous/ Than righteous or holy, any day
It's so easy to laugh/ It's so easy to hate/ It takes strength to be gentle and kind
Keats and Yeats are on your side/ But you lose/ 'Cause weird lover Wilde is on mine
Burn down the disco/ Hang the blessed DJ/ Because the music that they constantly play/ It says nothing to me about my life
Shyness is nice and/ Shyness can stop you/ From doing all the things in life/ You'd like to
Last night I dreamt/ That somebody loved me/ No hope, no harm/ Just another false alarm
I had a really bad dream/ It lasted twenty years, seven months, and twenty seven days/ I never, I'm alone, and I/ Never, ever oh, had no one ever
Excuse me while I just go and have a little cry.
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