SHEILA TAKE A BOW

Is it wrong to want to live on your own ?
No, it's not wrong - but I must know
How can someone so young
Sing words so sad ?

Sheila take a, Sheila take a bow
Boot the grime of this world in the crotch, dear
And don't go home tonight
Come out and find the one that you love and who loves you
The one that you love and who loves you
Oh ...

Is it wrong not to always be glad ?
No, it's not wrong - but I must add
How can someone so young
Sing words so sad ?

Sheila take a, Sheila take a bow
Boot the grime of this world in the crotch, dear
And don't go home tonight
Come out and find the one that you love and who loves you
The one that you love and who loves you

Take my hand and off we stride
Oh, la ...
You're a girl and I'm a boy
La ...
Take my hand and off we stride
Oh, la ...
I'm a girl and you're a boy
La ...

Sheila take a, Sheila take a bow
La ...
Throw your homework onto the fire
Come out and find the one that you love
Come out and find the one you love


A catchy single with a fine effort from Marr. Morrissey sings of juvenile depression and angst whilst Marr plays one of his better middle-era songs. As ever, Morrissey adds a dash of gender-confusion towards the end of the song, before purposefully cutting off the last line (surely to imply that the one she loves doesn't really love her).
Morrissey's choice to use a specific gender in this song is interesting. Although more flippant than his previous gender-free songs, it is still fairly unusual for a Smiths lyric to be so specific. The use of Sheila as the name, though, is undoubtedly a touch of comic genius.
Unusually, the prime plagiarists Morrissey and Marr borrow from the same source, with Marr lifting parts of the melody and Morrissey the line "Throw your homework onto the fire" from David Bowie's "Kooks".

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