Suedehead Lyrics - Morrissey

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Why do you come here ?
And why do you hang around ?
I'm so sorry
I'm so sorry

Why do you come here
When you know it makes things hard for me ?
When you know, oh
Why do you come ?
Why do you telephone ? (Hmm...)
And why send me silly notes ?
I'm so sorry
I'm so sorry

Why do you come here
When you know it makes things hard for me ?
When you know, oh
Why do you come here
You had to sneak into my room
'just' to read my diary
"It was just to see, just to see"
(All the things you knew I'd written about you...)
Oh, so many illustrations
Oh, but
I'm so very sickened
Oh, I am so sickened now

Oh, it was a good lay, good lay
It was a good lay, good lay
It was a good lay, good lay
Oh oh
It was a good lay, good lay
It was a good lay, gooood lay.
Oh, it was a good lay, good lay
Oh, it was a good lay
It was a good lay
Oh, a good lay
Oh, a good lay
Good lay, good lay
It was a good lay

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Morissey's explanation | Reviewer: CB | 10/27/14

The meaning isn't as simple as most people think it is.
The song isn't about love - Morrissey himself said in an interview with Craig Gilborn that the song is about how he is 'sickened' with what the music industry (particularly in America) has become, and with how profit-driven music executives have taken the honesty and realness out of music

So simple... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/17/14

This is perhaps the most simple, least metaphor-laden song Morrissey has ever written. The meaning is quite clear - we've all been in love with someone who didn't love us back, and despite this would keep coming around, calling, writing, stringing us along, giving us false hopes and making things difficult. And if you haven't experienced this kind of one-sided're young yet, you will someday.

Persuede heads about the song | Reviewer: jon smiff | 12/10/13

I think he's talking to a lover. Morrissey doesn't really nourish her emotionally so he's suprissed she still calls and tries. She does come though and so does he. She also makes things hard for him; by making his 'thing' hard, she makes it even harder for him to to do the right thing, which is stop seeing her if he doesn't truly love her. He's so sorry for not loving her and quite sickened that her love won't penatrate his thick skull (suedehead)

Finally shes seeks out his diary to know the truth. She sees whatever ghastly and beautiful things morrissey would have to write about a failing relationship but really she'd seen them all and more in his eyes many times before. he apologizes. He's a sick man crushed by a cruel world.

It was a good good lay though

Rediscovered this song in my 50s | Reviewer: Sherry | 6/6/13

By chance I happened to catch this song again recently. In true Morrissey form, lyrics and music move in different directions. To me, this song is about a beautiful melody demonstrating the talented musicians behind a Morrissey creation. The lyrics could mean anything they are so simple, repetitive and infrequent. What comes through loud and clear is a melody that sticks with you for awhile. Quite refreshing!

good reviews | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/6/13

the best reviews are from zmanos and anonymous that states that the book- "suedehead" symbolizes the diary etc...

it can be widely interpreted...but definitely makes one feel melancholy, nostalgic for the 80's and pubescence...SAUDADE...sow-dahd-jee

A Schoolboy Interpretation | Reviewer: Zmanos | 2/17/13

Morrissey's songs indeed can be interpreted in many ways, and since he often writes from the perspective of other people, boys, women, men, etc. they can mean many different things to different people. That being said, my interpretation is made through the lens of my self as the quasi-pubescent American male I was when I first heard the song. Initially, I'd made the distinction between Morrissey (me) singing in the first person, and the other, a teenage girl, who was the object of affection. When I later learned that Suedehead referred to a skinhead, I thought maybe the song might refer to early homosexual interests and explorations.

I think the diction of the lyrics intimate that the protagonist is a young person, and that, as someone mentioned above, the way the lyrics are sung imbues more meaning than the lyrics themselves. I think there is overt sexuality to it: "it makes it HARD for me" and "when you COME." The man has been known to make these over the top kinds of innuendos, although I understand that I come from an american, and perhaps inappropriate perspective. But the statements re childish. It reminds me in middle school of when young people are testing their flirting: "you want to give me a RIDE to the fair'" etc. In short I see the story of the song being one of a questioning young male falling for a young skinhead tough, a tough who clearly knows that the protagonist has a crush on him. The Suedehead plays with this dynamic, perhaps being curious, but also mean spirited and insecure, and flirts with the protagonist using various means (i.e., notes and coming around). The Suedehead has to confirm the fruits of his labour and to see if this kid really does have a crush on him.. and so he reads his diary. Having been found out, and nervous about the affair, not to mention denying what his true feelings may be, the protagonist feels embarrassed and sickened when he is found out.

I think the end lyrics are an afterthought, perhaps thrown in in the studio, but were spicy and thought provoking. He uses the lyrics as sort of a melodic outro, like a Boy with a Thorn in his Side, but perhaps creating the impression of a schoolboy-way to dismiss all that has happened. "Whatever, it was a good lay, or a bootleg" its just a way to trivialize the events. I don't think there has been any actual sex here, it's firmly placed in a mid-school way of speaking and acting.

As for the video, I think it just may be Morrissey paying homage to Dean, but also being slightly embarrassed that he may have written so effusively about him in his diary as a boy, and hence, the connection to the song.

watch the vid | Reviewer: J.P. | 2/14/13

Anybody still confused about the meaning of this song should watch the video. It's on VH1 Classic all the time. And there's nothing ambiguous. These are Morrissey's feelings. And whether it's symbolic or real, whatever existed between the two is history. (What else could posing next to a grave marker imply?)

Morrisey fan | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/7/11

jeez, this is the simplest song ever written. Thst means it is also the best.
If you've ever been young and in love or lust you know what this is talking about and if you haven't....well it will happen sooner or later. Good luck.

Different interpretation | Reviewer: Melissa | 6/18/11

Maybe it's because of the situation I am currently in that I have a very different viewpoint of what this song can possibly mean.

The lyrics "Why do you come here
When you know it makes things hard for me ?" makes me think that it is in fact Morrissey or the "narrator" that is the one that is in "love". And even apologetic about it. Apologizing for being in love with someone who doesn't quite feel the same, yet comes around, telephones him, and leaves silly notes. Maybe the relationship is not as serious as he wants it to be.

Even the diary part makes me feel like he wrote about all his love and when the other read his private thoughts, it sickens him that he feels this way about the other person. Quite possibly the other is interested in more of a sexually gratifying relationship than perhaps an emotionally charged one. Morrissey is sorry for loving this person.

That's just my take.

Different interpretation | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/17/11

To me this song is about how maybe Morrissey (or whoever) is actually the one who is in love with this unknown person but the person doesn't have the same feelings, even though they've been intimate with each other. Morrissey saying he is sorry is not apologizing for NOT loving the person but FOR loving the person. Examples of why I think this is Morrissey asking why the person comes around, knowing how it makes him feel. And also what is written in the diary. So, Morrissey is sickened that this person knows how much he cares, doesn't feel the same, but keeps stringing him along...

Being in my mid 30's | Reviewer: jus4kix | 11/26/10

This song is one of my all time favorites by Moz. I have a love hate relationship with him. sometimes i can take his self righteousness and then other times i jump right in with my nose in the air. I believe a support bracelet should be made "WWMD?"

Good to see every generation can appreciate this song. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/18/10

I caught it a few years after it first came out. It is still one of my all-time favorites and this comes from someone who enjoys everything from Slayer, Jim Croce, the Police, to ATDI, CKY, Thursday, Interpol and Pinback.

I always thought this music would hold up -- teen/twenties angst about life and sexuality will always be the same.

My 2¢ about the meaning -- to me it was always about a quick onetime with someone who wanted more, but was being blown off by the singer. She finds his diary and see all the stuff written about their sex-capade and the singer's flippant passage that it was (merely) "a good lay." BTW the book Suedehead was about the punk/skin suedehead scene and was known for its violence and sexploitation. Kids hid it under their bed and read it for titillation -- just like the diary is found & read in the song...

Awesome | Reviewer: sudehead | 2/2/10

Being just 18, I had to rely on elders to inform me of Moz and the smiths. Loved the smiths then discovered this song. My fav of all time. The melody, lyrics and his voice combine to amazing effect. I could easily be wasting time listening to tripe like the wombats or something....thank god. This song is timeless.

Art redeems experience | Reviewer: John | 10/19/09

Morrissey's recognises his weakness: he says sorry. But his real weakness is the fact that he had "a good lay" in the first place, realising as he must have done, the emotional road down which he lead his "lay."

The question is whether the beautiful art he produces is worth not correcting his own flaws (and I don't meean to indict him personally: we are all flawed). If he had nothing to be sorry about, there would be no song.

coincidence | Reviewer: sally | 6/28/08

i just had a falling out with one of my friends, who used to love this song and say it was the soundtrack to his life. oddly enough the lyrics are eerily relatable to what happened in our situation.

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