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  • From "Shakespeare's Sister":
    I thought that if you had an acoustic guitar
    Then it meant that you were a protest singer
    Oh I can smile about it now
    But at the time it was terrible.
  • "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" is about the persistence of depression, but it takes a far more darkly funny and self-deprecating perspective than it gets credit for.
    I was looking for a job, and then I found a job
    and heaven knows I'm miserable now...
    • Later in the song, the narrator flees in terror from a woman who offers to sleep with him. What really makes it funny is how he makes it sound like it was the only rational thing to do.
  • The narrator's absurd "Just Joking" Justification in "Bigmouth Strikes Again".
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  • From "The Queen Is Dead":
    So, I broke into the palace
    With a sponge and a rusty spanner
    She said, "Eh, I know you, and you cannot sing"
    I said, "That's nothing, you should hear me play piano"
  • "He killed a policemen when he was thirteen / and somehow that really impressed me..."
  • The morbidly hilarious "Unhappy Birthday", in which the narrator matter-of-factly commits suicide halfway through.
    • From the same song: "I've come to wish you an unhappy birthday / 'cause you're evil and you lie / and if you should die, I may be slightly sad /but I won't cry."
  • Morrissey's reaction to tATu's cover of "How Soon Is Now?":
    Interviewer: Did you hear t.A.T.u's version of 'How Soon Is Now'?
    Morrissey: Yes, it was magnificent. Absolutely. Again, I don't know much about them.
    Interviewer: They're the teenage Russian lesbians.
    Morrissey: Well, aren't we all?
  • The band's appearance on the kid's show Charlie's Bus, which finds them joining a bunch of schoolchildren on board a double-decker bus. This scene is a particular standout:
    Young Girl: Where are we going?
    Morrissey: We're all going mad.
    Young Girl: I thought we were going to Kew Gardens.
    (Morrissey turns to the camera with a smirk)
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  • "Frankly, Mr. Shankly", where the narrator snarks constantly to their boss while talking about their desire for musical fame.
    "But sometimes I'd feel more fulfilled
    Making Christmas cards with the mentally ill"
    "Oh, I didn't realise that you wrote poetry
    I didn't realise you wrote such bloody awful poetry Mr Shankly"
    "Frankly, Mr Shankly, since you ask
    You are a flatulent pain in the arse
    I do not mean to be so rude
    But still, I must speak frankly, Mr Shankly, give us money"
  • Any of Morrissey's attempts at dancing.
    • For those mercifully unaware, Morrissey's dancing can and may include: Morrissey lying down on the stage, Morrissey ripping off his shirt, Morrissey being hugged by stage-crashing audience members, Morrissey brandishing placards and Morrissey throwing flowers at the audience, as well as overdramatic gesturing, unnerving hip gyrations and a blatant disregard for anything approaching gracefulness. A classic example of Morrissey dancing is The Smiths performing "Still Ill" on The Tube.


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