THE HEADMASTER RITUAL

Belligerent ghouls
Run Manchester schools

Spineless swines
Cemented minds

Sir leads the troops
Jealous of youth
Same old suit since 1962

He does the military two-step
Down the nape of my neck

I wanna go home
I don't wanna stay
Give up education
As a bad mistake

Mid-week on the playing fields
Sir thwacks you on the knees

Knees you in the groin
Elbow in the face
Bruises bigger than dinner plates

I wanna go home
I don't wanna stay

Da-da-da ...

Belligerent ghouls
Run Manchester schools

Spineless bastards all ...

Sir leads the troops
Jealous of youth
Same old jokes since 1902

He does the military two-step
Down the nape of my neck

I wanna go home
I don't want to stay
Give up life
As a bad mistake

Please excuse me from gym
I've got this terrible cold coming on
He grabs and devours
He kicks me in the showers
Kicks me in the showers
And he grabs and devours

I want to go home
I don't want to stay...

Da-da-da ...


The bombastic "Headmaster Ritual" sets the tone of the New Smiths immediately. Uncompromising in its musical and lyrical attack of institutionalised brutality, this song finds Morrissey at his most vitriolic yet, deep enough in the mire of anger to spit out a swearword, previously unheard from his sugar-sweet mouth. Indeed, Viv Nicholson objected to being used as a cover star due to this unprecedented outburst.
This is consistently brought up as one of the fan's favourite songs, and it's no real surprise. Bursting with energy, this song smacks you in the face on arrival, and never really stops.
This song was released in edited form on the American promo, and fades quickly after the last line.

 Back to Best...2 index

 Back to Meat Is Murder index