HE KNOWS I'D LOVE TO SEE HIM

He Knows (he knows)
Or, I think he does
'Cause when I lived
In the Arse of the world

He knows, he knows
He knows I'd love
To see him happy
(Or as close as is allowed)
Oh, 'cause when I lived
In the Arse of the world ...

He knows, he knows
He knows I'd love
To see him happy
(Or as close as possible)
As close as possible
As close as possible
As close as is allowed

Oh, my name still conjures up deadly deeds
And a bad taste in the mouth
And the police - they actually know me
They said :

"You're just another person in the world
You're just another fool with radical views
You're just another who has maddening views
You want to turn it on its head
By staying in bed !"

I said : "I know I do"

He doesn't know ...


A short story of a song, as the carefully composed music provides subtle amplification of Morrissey's unclear lyrics. By means of curtailing the song title to "He Knows I'd Love To See Him", Morrissey is hinting that the subject's best chance of happiness is for the author to keep well away. This is borne out by the closing sequence where he turns from self-chastisation ("my name still conjures up deadly deeds") to a fantastical description of authoritarians seemingly appointed to police society's drop-outs and break-ups, as instead of the expected speech, they express contempt for his lack of motivation in the things he stands for. Morrissey's reply is invincibly simple - "I know I do". He is revealing his acceptance of his own faults, which has resonance with the hint given by the curtailed song title.
The end scenario is grafted from Morrissey's real life, after comments concerning the assassination of then British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, led to a police search of Mozzer's apartment. According to Morrissey, the actual police officers involved were very embarrassed by the whole thing, and agreed it was rather absurd. They even asked for him to sign one of his CDs.
The ambiguous lyrics of this song has led many conspiracists to claim this is one of many songs about Johnny Marr.

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