Morrissey’s ‘Joy




The joy brings many things
It cannot bring you joy
Sons of mothers huddle here
Men and boys

1850 swung the doors
And human sewage swept inside
Where victims speak in whines
And where the hardened cried

I was sent here by a 3 foot half-wit in a wig
I took his insults on the chin, and never did I flinch

A swagger hides the fear in here
By this rule we breathe
And there is no one on this earth
Who I’d feel sad to leave

You see we all lose
We all lose

What those in power do to you
Reminds us at a glance
How humans hate each others guts
And show it given a chance

We never say aloud the things
That we say in our prayers
Cause no one cares

Many executed here
By the awful lawfully good
But the only thing that makes me cry
Is when I see the sky

Brendan Behan’s laughter rings
For what he had or hadn’t done
For he knew then as I know now
That for each and every one of us
We all lose
Rich or poor, they all lose

Taken from Morrissey’s new album, World Peace is None Of Your Business


World Peace – track by track listing (Billboard)

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24 thoughts on “Morrissey’s ‘Joy

  1. bisted

    …Rock Never Die$…very true…Rolling Stones playing Tel Aviv is living proof of that.

    1. Vinny

      Are they not allowed play to music fans despite the government that controls the country?

      1. bisted

        …the vast majority of Palestinians have called on the world to support the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement as a non-violent method of bringing pressure to bear on Apartheid Israel. The Rolling Stones were given a huge financial incentive to play Tel Aviv and despite pleas from round the world, they went ahead. I hope they live long enough to regret that decision in the way that Paul Simon did with Apartheid South Africa.

        1. Pablo

          I doubt Paul Simon regrets that at all. The album was one of his best ever sellers and one of his most highly acclaimed. That probably outweighs the fact that a few bleeding hearts took issue with it. By the way, what exactly was so bad about him going there to work with a group of amazing black musicians and bringing their sound to a worldwide audience?

          1. Anne


            Not the attitude Sinead O’Connor received here recently.
            I feel it’s a personal decision for the musician.. and they should stand by their decision and tell anyone to flupp the flupp off if they’re dictating to them.

          2. bisted

            …anytime Israel is mentioned here there’s a chorus of apologists who point out that Israel is the ‘only democracy in the Middle East’. This audience are the people who vote for a government that operates ethnic cleansing and apartheid in the West Bank. These are the people who support the policy of genocide in Gaza. Artists playing in Tel Aviv are giving tacit approval to the Israeli regime.

        1. Llareggub

          Sometimes you need to separate the art from the artist. I love Picasso’s work but hate how he treated women.

          1. The Old Boy

            Exactly. I was never a huge fan, but a lot of his output is pretty solid. The man himself is still an utter k**b.

          2. Mick Flavin

            I agree with that to an extent, but I couldn’t be arsed ever going to see him live, for instance…

  2. LiamZero

    Well as someone who can’t be bothered to spell his name correctly, you’re obviously someone with an opinion worth listening to.

  3. Trapper

    My mate threw sausages at him when The Smiths played in Letterkenny. This was 30 years ago and I still can’t stop smiling about it.

    1. DaveM

      Ha Ha, did they hit him?I can see the headlines, ”vegetarian singer looses an eye in sausage attack”

      They probably should have used black pudding,more aerodynamic.

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