I Have Forgiven Jesus Lyrics - Morrissey

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I was a good kid
I wouldn't do you no harm
I was a nice kid
With a nice paper round
Forgive me any pain
I may have brung to you
With God's help I know
I'll always be near to you
But Jesus hurt me
When he deserted me, but

I have forgiven Jesus
For all the desire
He placed in me when there's nothing I can do
With this desire

I was a good kid
Through hail and snow I'd go
Just to moon you
I carried my heart in my hand
Do you understand?
Do you understand?
But Jesus hurt me
When he deserted me, but

I have forgiven Jesus
For all of the love
He placed in me
When there's no-one I can turn to with this love

Monday - humiliation
Tuesday - suffocation
Wednesday - condescension
Thursday - is pathetic
By Friday life has killed me
By Friday life has killed me

(Oh pretty one, Oh pretty one)

Why did you give me
So much desire?
When there is nowhere I can go
To offload this desire
And why did you give me
So much love
In a loveless world
When there's no one I can turn to
To unlock all this love
And why did you stick me in
Self-deprecating bones and skin
Jesus - do you hate me?
Why did you stick me in
Self-deprecating bones and skin
Do you hate me? do you hate me?
Do you hate me? do you hate me?
Do you hate me?

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Paper round | Reviewer: David | 10/19/14

Beautiful and heartfelt song. Might sing at church in a few weeks.

Someone else thought it should be 'paper route' not 'paper round'. Paper round is the British way of saying paper route.sounds similar But paper round is the correct lyric.

wtf. | Reviewer: Mark smith | 9/21/12

the song of his life, is that he has always considers him ugly and people rejected and humiliated him all over and all over angain. be honest, IF HE WASN'T MORRISSEY, and you are a lady, and he is just a regular sweet guy, or even a loyal friend, and he said confess being in love with you, you will reject him and destroy him. BUT because he is morrissey everibody said now that love him and wanna marry him. he still suffer, he knew when he became famous, that he will never gonna be honestly loved by someone. because character morrissey kill him like the friday. and the song is about faith, not religion

Morrisey... | Reviewer: Kay | 9/7/12

I can understand his pain, Morrisey is still a child suffering in his heart!
The devil is the one who comdemns with lies and self destructing ideas. Jesus gives life, not comdemnation.
But Jesus loves Morrisey, gay or not. Jesus loves him and somehow Morrisey came to knew it but the experiences of his hurt him so much that he does not aknowledge it anymore.
He needs faith, not forgiveness...he IS already forgiven and loved.

I'm Christian and I like Morrisey, he's the kind of person Jesus truly loves.

listening without understanding | Reviewer: Salih | 9/3/11

hey idiot normals! i'm saying to those who never question the ideals of this world and can't take the message of song as they still claim that they are fans of morrissey. these lyrics underline the conflict with the norms through the story of a heart which has been full of love in a borderless way and later was tagged according to bordering values of the loveless powerful. the powerful as the enemy of nature has a head only for oppressing the different. and organized religion is the unique gun of the mediocrity! i wish morrissey didn't compromise and live out his orientation.

True Christianity is not Catholicism/Religion | Reviewer: sugar | 4/1/11

This song should be called I forgive you, Catholicism or I forgive you, Religion. Morrissey has mistaken true Biblical Christianity with Catholicism. The lyrics speak about God giving a priest natural desires and then not allowing him to fulfill them. The "priest must be celibate" rule was put in place by the Catholic church. That is NOT a Biblical truth, it has no biblical basis whatso- ever. The Bible (which is the full word of Jesus Christ/God) in fact states the opposite;

1 Timothy 3:1-4 1) This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. 2) A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3) Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 4)One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity.

So there you have it, the Bible is cut and dry on the issue. Please do not mistakenly blame Jesus Christ for the burdensome rules which the catholic church has placed on it's leaders.

Religion is man trying to get to God through his/her own good works.

Christianity; Is what Jesus Christ did for YOU.
To be "born again" or to truly know who Jesus Christ is, read your Bible and pray everyday and
ask Him into your life and heart. Jesus LOVES YOU and he loves Morrissey too. When face to face with the true Christ you will fall on your knees and say "FORGIVE ME JESUS"

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that Who so ever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved". John 3:16&17

paraphrased...somewhat - God Bless You

Judging. | Reviewer: Tawni | 9/23/10

I think instead of trying to judge what Morrissey meant by these lyrics, why not try to figure out what they mean to YOU? If you love the song it’s not because of what you believe he’s written about. It’s YOUR interpretation of the song. I personally love the song because it explains my complications with religion growing up. Specifically “Why did you give me so much love in a loveless world?” But I’m not entirely angry at religion either, and I haven’t completely given it up. I felt betrayed but I have FORGIVEN Jesus. And the title also seems kind of ironic to me seeing as how it’s supposed to be the other way around. That’s MY interpretation of the song. Whether or not this is what Morrissey meant, doesn’t matter to me. That’s just what I take from the song and I believe that’s what’s important about it. If Morrissey meant for you to know exactly what he meant, he’d make it much more clear.

quite simply... | Reviewer: Mr. Peabody | 4/21/10

..this song seems to be more about the general disappointment a rational person feels when they've grown up in a Christian home, only to realize the hypocrisy and empty promises of the church and religion..

look at the single cover photo! | Reviewer: helas | 1/6/10

While I agree that the lyrics may in fact reflect Morrissey's own struggles with Christian/Catholic ideas, I still can't believe that no one has mentioned the most obvious interpretation (especially if you look at the cover of the single of this song!) - HE'S A PRIEST!!! He is dressed as a priest in that picture, and the lyrics are written from the point of view of a priest in the clergy who cannot express himself physically because he is not allowed to by the Church...it's that simple. It may be from the POV of a gay and horny priest who's only physical arousal comes from being around children, too - after all, we all know that Morrissey writes topically, and he also has a wicked sense of humour....I really think that this is what the song is, at least superficially, "about"...it's that simple. It's about a priest who cannot express himself physically and has hatred for the God who condemned him to this life because of his love for and wish to serve Jesus...but he forgives Him.

I agree. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/29/09

This song is not about him being gay. Its about the loss of love and absence of "the one". he is very open with his sexuality. There are no clues in lyrics to his sexual preferences. if he came out tomorrow nobody would really be surprised but, He has stated himself " i have tried bot and would rather have a cup of Coffee.

Meaning... | Reviewer: Lee | 8/28/09

I've often listened and read and contemplated Morrissey's lyrics. At one point or another, I have shared almost all the views expressed here for this song. I'd like to offer a slightly different view for consideration. I think that people too often confuse (or at least fail to differentiate) an artist's inspiration with/from the true meaning of the work. This is as true of this particular Morrissey song as it is of DaVinci's Mona Lisa.

His sexuality is really irrelevant. His religion is equally irrelevant. Yes, it is a very directed song... (when he plays this song live, he often prefaces it with "I know it isn't mutual... but I have fogiven Jesus"). But ultimately the song is about the internal struggles that we place on ourselves based on what society (religious or otherwise) has instilled within our psyche. The meaning is whatever the listener needs it to be... to help him/her interpret and feel less alone in whatever aspect of life that is causing internal strife. We all have something... no matter if we are straight, gay, Catholic, Buddhist, or whatever.

Music is an artform. As such, the true beauty lies in its ability to draw an emotional response from its audience as well as its openness to interpretation.

you are for sure retards | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/10/09

it's so hard for me to believe what kind of retards are there!!! why are you so sure that this song is about him being gay, i think all of you are very gay, fuck you very gay much, fucking gay retards! all the best, take care

retards | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/6/09

You're all retards. This is soo about him being gay and being abstinent as he was. God didn't make him gay, not sure what did, but he felt very strongly for a long time that to act on his homosexuality was wrong. He's reconciled it within himself and has "forgiven jesus" for the pain he endured because of his homosexuality. DUH!

Lyric Correction | Reviewer: David | 4/9/09

The lyric is not "paper round" which doesn't make any sense any ways but "paper route" as in delivering newspapers. He was a nice boy with a nice paper route. Does any one remember the Nintendo game Paper Boy?

Hi | Reviewer: SR | 2/13/09

Hi all. Please stay with me on this, I'm going to try to explain what I think the song is about in a roundabout way.

I think that being gay inside is not a choice...in that I mean that everyone has lustful feelings inside. Some feel it for either sex (male/female) or both. However, what we choose to do with those feelings is up to us. I believe that one can't help feel what he/she does, but that choosing to paticipate in acts of homosexuality is sinful. I also believe any lustful act is sinful without love or outside of marriage.

I think Morrisey has found this out too. I think he's committed to God, and is in desperation for the way he feels inside...that he feels he cannot be himself by acting on those homosexual feelings without being deserted by Jesus. So he is saying he has forgiven Jesus, because he believes that Jesus deserted him for being homosexual, and also because he feels God has cursed him with these feelings.

Let me tell you Morrisey, I can't condone those acts, but Jesus will never desert you. No one's perfect. I don't have any answers as to why people feel the way they do or as to why people are born transgendered or double-gendered or with no gender, but only that you are not alone, and you are NEVER without Jesus if you look for him.

Peace and love to all of you,


Growing up Catholic | Reviewer: Rob | 10/27/08

This song encapsulates so well the horror that is being raised Catholic, or in any religion for that matter. I'm glad Morrissey has forgiven Jesus, I'll cling to my hatred of him and his robed minions that spent years convincing me I was evil, dirty and bad for a while yet.

Oh, and it's 'paper round'...Morrissey wouldn't pronounce 'route' that way.

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