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“Nowhere Fast”

(The Smiths, Meat is Murder, 1985)
Leave it to Morrissey to give the finger, or in this case, drop his trousers, to the world with panache. This rollicking tune illustrates his ability to offer withering critiques of his hometown and the British monarchy, and romanticizes his now legendary apathy. It’s also a reminder of Johnny Marr’s guitar genius, which was distinctive and brilliant but always let Moz’s vocals shine through.
Lyrics: “I’d like to drop my trousers to the world/I am a man of means (of slender means)/Each household appliance/Is like a new science in my town/And if the day came/When I felt a natural emotion/I’d get such a shock I’d probably jump in the ocean.”

The 10 most scathing Morrissey lyrics

Laura Ferreiro

With the premiere of the Morrissey biopic, England Is Mine, this week and Moz’s 11th solo album, Low in High School, on the horizon (it comes out Nov. 17), we take a look back at some of the controversial crooner’s most scathing and sarcastic lyrics from his days with the Smiths and his nearly 30-year career as a solo artist. Morrissey’s last album, 2014’s World Peace Is None of Your Business, was a stark reminder of how scathing, clever, and humorous his lyrics have been over the years — exemplifying the man’s penchant for cynicism, sarcasm, and challenging the establishment — and we expect no less from his next effort.