MEAT IS MURDER Lyrics - The Smiths

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Heifer whines could be human cries
Closer comes the screaming knife
This beautiful creature must die
This beautiful creature must die
A death for no reason
And death for no reason is MURDER

And the flesh you so fancifully fry
Is not succulent, tasty or kind
It's death for no reason
And death for no reason is MURDER

And the calf that you carve with a smile
And the turkey you festively slice
Do you know how animals die?

Kitchen aromas aren't very homey
It's not "comforting", cheery or kind
It's sizzling blood and the unholy stench

It's not "natural", "normal" or kind
The flesh you so fancifully fry
The meat in your mouth
As you savour the flavour

And who hears when animals cry?

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Brilliant... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/6/11

Saw Morrissey perform this last night at the Stoke gig. Fantastic!

In response to Diego's comments. Yes, we humans are omnivores, but that doesn't mean we have to eat meat at all!
I've been a vegetarian for over 26 years and i'm still alive :-)
I also sleep at night knowing i'm not contributing to the cruel and senseless meat industry.

Getting back to the song... Just sheer brilliance and very moving... brought a tear to my eye at the concert...

well, actually Diego... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/3/10

A predator like a leopard is less cruel than a human slaughterer. Perhaps the prey doesn't die in a less painful or fearsome way, but it certainly lives in a less painful and fearsome way. A leopard's prey lives out its life naturally in the wild. It is free to do as it pleases until the day the leopard comes along and kills it. A human's prey, on the other hand, typically suffers a miserable, short existence, trapped in its own feces in cramped conditions, sometimes never seeing the light of day.

Morrissey<3 | Reviewer: Hippie<3 | 9/20/10

Omg, Morrissey inspired me with this song.
I had always wanted to be a vegetarian, but my family is Mexican so we're always eating meat.
Well, they are.
After I heard this song, I cried>.<
This song made me go vegetarian.
Because that is EXACTLY how I felt about animals.
God Bless The Smiths:]

meat IS murder! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/5/10

Humans are not omnivores, the fact that they eat everything does mean they should. Meat was an important element for evolution, but eventually, meat is no longer good for the human being, due to we human lack of gut size, acumulating lots of toxines, that's why meat is on the top of the Food Pyramid, and you should eat other stuff. Anyway, I'm vegetarian not beacause of this, the main reason is moral.

Crap, actually | Reviewer: Diego | 2/22/10

It's true that the treatment of animals is far from being okay, but that doesn't change the fact that humans are omnivores and therefore meat should be part of our diet.
And a predator like a leopard for example is not less cruel then a human slaughterer, since the the prey doesn't die in a less fearsome or painful way.

Meat is murder | Reviewer: m | 10/16/07

The only dumbasses here are the ones who have no care in the world about selfless animals. How would you like to be strung upside down by your legs, while still alive and be skinned? Not so pleasant, huh!!

meat is murder | Reviewer: amanda | 4/26/07

yes well that seems logical. thank god youre not a dumbass (please not the sarcasm.)

Meat is Murder | Reviewer: Adam | 4/21/07

Good song. I think Mozza's frustration highlighted in the lyrics would be settled somewhat if he got a BIG MAC down him!!

Brilliant! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/9/05

"Meat is Murder" is a beautifully written and performed song that carries a pro-animal message in a forceful yet graceful way. If not already, this should be an anthem for the animal rights movement, and I'm somewhat surprised it's not played for such purposes more often. Sometimes "message" songs offer a humane sentiment, but are lacking musically and lyrically. This is a brilliant exception.

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