AMMUNITION

I know these roads
Each ridge
And narrow bridge
Each cheveron
Enticing me on
Each warning sign
I take in my stride

I don't need more ammunition
I've got more than I can spend
I don't dwell on things I'm missing
I'm just pleased
With the things I've found

I know these roads
An old hand understands
Above all, I know what's
Expected of me now
Veering cliffwards

I don't need more ammunition
I've got more than I can spend
I don't dwell on things I'm missing
I'm just pleased
With the things I've found
With the things I've found
With the things I've found
I've found

I've been crying
It comes back on these salient days
And it stays
And it says :
"We've never really been away"

I don't need more ammunition
I've got more than I can spend
I don't think of who I'm missing
I've got no space and no time
In my life, anymore
No space or time
In my life, anymore
For Revenge


The claim that he hasn't any time for Revenge anymore in this song is absurdly contradicted by the vicious Sorrow Will Come In The End. Still, a fine midway album track.
I was under the impression they were called chevrons. Is this another "windowscreen" attempt to fit a motoring-related line in to a vocal ? Weird.
Of course, we can only guess at what "things" he's found. Typically, he just can't leave a statement unqualified - here he insists that on clearer days, "it" comes back. His comic imagery of him going along a pit-filled road is really quite perfect, as his claim "I don't think of who I'm missing".
See if you can spot the connection between the last section of this song and Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now. Not exactly subtle, is it ? Is this song about the end of The Smiths ?
It has been suggested that there's another interpretation of this song, which certainly seems a sensible reading. Alida says :

I think that it is about suicide. nothing to do with any revenge on anyone. Here's why:
Some references to suicide - "each ridge, and narrow bridge, each cheveron, enticing me on", "each warning sign" (warning signs are cliffs, etc.) "i know what's expected of me now, veering cliffwards". I think he is saying he doesn't need any ammunition against himself, he has enough.. "I've been crying. it comes back on these salient days" (salient meaning the feelings are especially prominent on those days) "and it stays, and it says: we've never really been away" I think this refers to the voices in his head telling him he's not good enough so just give it all up. these feelings are always in the back of his head, they've never really gone away. But he's saying, Look, I don't need more ammunition; He is just happy with the things he's found. He can take all of these warning signs in his stride now.


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