THE QUEEN IS DEAD Lyrics - The Smiths

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Oh ! Take me back to dear old Blighty,
Put me on the train for London Town,
Take me anywhere,
Drop me anywhere,
Liverpool, Leeds or Birmingham
But I don't care,
I should like to see my ...

I don't bless them
Farewell to this land's cheerless marshes
Hemmed in like a boar between archers
Her very Lowness with a head in a sling
I'm truly sorry - but it sounds like a wonderful thing


I said Charles, don't you ever crave
To appear on the front of the Daily Mail
Dressed in your Mother's bridal veil ?
Oh ...
And so, I checked all the registered historical facts
And I was shocked into shame to discover
How I'm the 18th pale descendant
Of some old queen or other


Oh, has the world changed, or have I changed ?
Oh has the world changed, or have I changed ?


Some 9-year old tough who peddles drugs
I swear to God
I swear : I never even knew what drugs were
Oh ...
So, I broke into the palace
With a sponge and a rusty spanner
She said : "Eh, I know you, and you cannot sing"
I said : "That's nothing - you should hear me play piano"


We can go for a walk where it's quiet and dry
And talk about precious things
But when you're tied to your Mother's apron
No-one talks about castration
Oh ...


We can go for a walk where it's quiet and dry
And talk about precious things
Like love and law and poverty
Oh, these are the things that kill me


We can go for a walk where it's quiet and dry
And talk about precious things
But the rain that flattens my hair ...
Oh, these are the things that kill me


All their lies about make-up and long hair, are still there


Past the Pub who saps your body
And the church who'll snatch your money
The Queen is dead, boys
And it's so lonely on a limb
Past the Pub that wrecks your body
And the church - all they want is your money
The Queen is dead, boys
And it's so lonely on a limb


Life is very long, when you're lonely
Life is very long, when you're lonely
Life is very long, when you're lonely
Life is very long, when you're lonely




Writer: MORRISSEY, STEVEN PATRICK/MARR, JOHNNY
Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group



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all I have to declare is my genius | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/9/13

Morrissey is an anti-monarchist, this song isn't hard to decipher it's meaning though some of the lyrics contain subtleties of what he is actually talking about. The overall message is clear to me though, FUCK THE QUEEN.

Lady Macbeth | Reviewer: Anonymous Teacher | 12/18/12

A great song indeed. Worth also considering the line from Shakespeare's Macbeth when Seyton tells Macbeth: "The queen, my lord, is dead" (Act 5, scene 5). Lady Macbeth, the "fiend like" queen, makes an interesting allusion for Morrissey's message.

THANKS | Reviewer: SoyBoySigh | 4/7/12

Hey, finally some of the more obscure lyrics are cleared up for me. I first heard this when it was brand new, bought off the shelf in Manchester when I was fourteen and overseas on holiday (From Canada), walking around Manchester, London, Edinburgh etc, with a Sony walkman and this album. What a beautiful thing. But now I know every proper lyric, and I'm very grateful. And I agree with the above post, it's very very strong for a man to express "femininity". My role models growing up were half queer. Well, some of them were ALL queer. Ha ha. Seriously though, Morrissey is quite the macho singer. Nothing like Rob Halford though, he "tops" Morrissey. Ha ha. -S.

The queen is dead | Reviewer: keith rafferty | 6/26/11

it there a relationship between this song and this poem i googled???

The queen is dead
In my head
The queen is gone
So why go on
Her parents cry
As they say ‘goodbye’
And hold her hand
As she leaves this land
The king on his throne
Is feeling all alone
He kisses her lips
As further she slips
A tear on his cheek
As she slowly grows weak
She closes her eyes
And quietly she dies

Ashtoning. | Reviewer: Diego Besada | 8/6/07

Doesn't you feel understanding when you listen a song by "The Smiths" or see Morrissey dancing wihtout care of nothing in the BBC videos. Man it' the hardest band of R'N'Roll history. Man you can wear leather or sing about how macho you are, but... Who can be really show that kind of empaty without feeling naked? That gives you courage to say the woman (Or any being) you loved that, without feeling an idiot.Shit even gives you the needing of buying flowers to give the people in the street

all i have to declare is my genius | Reviewer: lee pridding | 6/12/07

best smiths song ever best album in the history of the universe

Brilliant! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/28/07

What a song, really gets the message across doesn't it!one of my favourates performed live.



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