THE LAST OF THE FAMOUS INTERNATIONAL PLAYBOYS

Dear hero imprisoned
With all the new crimes that you are perfecting
Oh, I can't help quoting you
Because everything that you said rings true
And now in my cell
(Well, I followed you)
And here's a list of who I slew

Reggie Kray - do you know my name ?
Oh, don't say you don't
Please say you do, (oh) I am :

The last of the famous
International playboys
The last of the famous
International playboys
And in my cell
(Well, I loved you)
And every man with a job to do
Ronnie Kray - do you know my face ?
Oh, don't say you don't
Please say you do, (oh) I am :

The last of the famous
International playboys
The last of the famous
International playboys

In our lifetime those who kill
The newsworld hands them stardom
And these are the ways
On which I was raised
These are the ways
On which I was raised

I never wanted to kill
I AM NOT NATURALLY EVIL
Such things I do
Just to make myself
More attractive to you
HAVE I FAILED ?

Oh... 

Oh, the last of the famous
International playboys
The last of the famous


Excellent single mythologising vicious London gangsters, brought into the limelight again in recent years after Morrissey sent a wreath to Ronnie Kray's funeral. Ronnie and Reggie Kray held a tight rein on 60's London with a network of crime, whilst maintaining public respect through legal businesses and charity events. They were eventually jailed in connection with the murder of Jack "The Hat" McVitie, as was dramatised in the excellent film "The Krays" featuring the Kemp brothers of eighties new-romantic outfit Spandeau Ballet.
Elicits one of Morrissey's best vocal performances, as he lilts and flounces his way through the fine comical prose.
His careful altering of his question to Reggie when he asks Ronnie (becoming "do you know my face ?") seems a sly reference to Ronnie's much-discussed homosexuality. Looking carefully enough, as well as the blatant signs (for example The Smiths' single sleeves), there are plenty of subtle references in the whole canon of Morrissey's lyrics, a theme which continues in one form or another to the present day.

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