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Girlfriend in a coma, I know
I know - it's serious
Girlfriend in a coma, I know
I know - it's really serious

There were times when I could
Have "murdered" her
(But you know, I would hate
Anything to happen to her)


Do you really think
She'll pull through ?
Do you really think
She'll pull through ?
Pull through ...

Girlfriend in a coma, I know
I know - it's serious
My, my, my, my, my, my baby, goodbye

There were times when I could
Have "strangled" her
(But you know, I would hate
Anything to happen to her)

Do you really think
She'll pull through ?
Do you really think
She'll pull through ?
Pull Through ...
As I whisper my last goodbyes


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self-image | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/9/11

and what about this:

maybe the song is about The Smiths themselves? The "relationship" between Morrissey and Marr shows some cracks and the band is near a split.

Do you really think
She'll pull through ?

But Morrissey has made his piece and want to say goodbye on his way

"As I whisper my last goodbyes

I know - IT'S SERIOUS "

this was after all the last Smiths single....

Really? | Reviewer: Poeticus | 3/15/09

I simply ove the fact that this song causes so many people to THINK (a rare occurence in this age)! I believe as one previous reader suggests, that this is just Morrissey entertaining us with no "hidden" meaning. Rather, I believe the song stands on its own. There have been many questions about Morrissey's sexuality over the years and he, of his own admission has stated that he is "bored" with both men and women. I believe that he may, in fact, be one of the world's few "non-sexuals". It really makes little difference. They are, after all, simply labels that many of us use to establish our comfort zones. Enough of educating the populace for the moment; Perhaps he is simply relatin g things he heard or saw growing up and relating to the public in verse. Often, writers look around themselves at the relationships and interactions they see and then take "poetic license" by creating the back story. So, if you have suffered through this monstrous ramble, I applaude you! Tell your literature professor I said you deserve an "A"!

abusive boyfriend | Reviewer: b. | 2/21/09

I am convinced this is about an abusive partner.

We don't actually know anything about her. For all we know, she could be 'perfect'. All we know is his view.
And it comes across as the typical way of thinking when a partner is controlling, manipulative and abusive, thinking that he 'owns' her, he decides ("i would hate anything to happen to her"). He loves his power, so he can't kill her, because then he will lose his ability to control.
But he went too far. As they do. Bummer.

(of course, these people can be both male and female)

Great song.
(bye bye bye baby bye bye... humour..)

hmmm | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/4/08

I think this song only stands for what it is no hidden meanings. Its just another example of Morrissey sending up his 'miserable' image by using a subject so depressing its funny. Not every Smiths track is about being gay you know lol

hmmm... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/18/08

I'm probably way off base here but...what if this song is about an abusive boyfriend who put his girlfriend into a coma by beating her too harshly one night. As a result, she ends up in serious condition at the hospital.

Later at the hospital, it dawns on him that if she does, indeed, "pull through," that she might identify him as the cause of her condition and he'll get canned. He thinks to himself that he could easily kill her in her comatose position, so he closely guards her by frequently visiting and checking up on her condition - for appearances he plays the concerned boyfriend. He says things like "You know, I would hate anything to happen to her..." But just to be safe, he often asks them if they "really think she'll pull through."

At first, it seems really "serious," and the staff's response is that, No, they don't think she'll make he says "No I don't want to see her." (No need.) But then, later on, her condition becomes less serious. So much so, that the next time he visits the hospital, the staff tells him that, Yes, she may actually pull through, after all!

All of sudden he panics and realizes he has to make sure her condition stays "serious," or else he'll go to jail. So, all of the sudden, he has a change of heart and says "Would you please let me see her?" (He can't let her spill the beans.) So he finally asks to see her, only to ultimately to murder her in her bed, while whispering in her ear "I know it's serious."

It could actually be quite a sadistic song, if you read too much into it, lol. Just a bit of fun. It probably doesn't mean anything remotely related to my interpretation. All I know is that I love this song to pieces. I can listen to it over and over again, regardless of what it means, and love it more and more with each listen.

I know it's serious ! | Reviewer: Adie | 1/5/08

I agree with meg, there's various subtle references to homosexuality throughout this song.
"I know it's serious", is perhaps the greatest in my opinion.
The situation itself though is on a standstill, an in a 'coma'.
Nonetheless an amazing song.

i love morrissey!!! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/19/07

I think this song is just an example of Morrissey's amusing and ironic sense of humour... I guess we'll never know what Moz really tried to say in this song, because none of us is him and he is only he.
After all, this is just the world of morrissey... we're just livin on it

Great song | Reviewer: Anthony | 7/22/07

I love The Smiths, and this is one of their best songs.

I really just wanted to correct Jumpy on the song title and artist he mentioned. The song is called Last Kiss. It was first recorded by Wayne Cochran in 1962, and became first commercially successful when it was recorded in 1964 by J. Frank Wilson and The Cavaliers.

hmm | Reviewer: Amy | 7/13/07

well i think this song is about a man's relationship with his girlfriend, and although she has done some awful things in the past (There were times when I could Have "murdered" her), he would love for her to be better and he is willing to put up with her old ways as long as she is alright in the end.
He is also afraid of seeing her in the hospital as he doesn't want to face the reality of the situation, but then when he understands how serious it is he just wants to see her one last time and say goodbye.

i'm terrible at analyzing things | Reviewer: meg | 5/1/07

I think...
it was sort of his way of publicly coming out.
the girlfriend symbolizes his sexuality.
There were times when I could Have "murdered" her
this sounds kind of like he's saying there were moments when he could have come out, but didn't, for some fear, or other reason.

it could also symbolize his lack of sexual activity, as he was celebate for a long part of his life, and not until recently, i believe, did he confess to having sex.