JEANE (SHAW)

Jeane
The low-life has lost its appeal
And I'm tired of walking these streets
To a room with its cupboards bare

Jeane
I'm not sure what happiness means
But I look in your eyes
And I know
Oh ...
That it isn't there

Oh, we tried, and we failed
Oh, we tried, and we failed
We tried and we failed
We tried and we failed
We tried

Oh, Jeane
There's ice on the sink where we bathe
So how can you call this a home
When you know it's a grave ?

Yet you still have that greedy grace
As you tidy the place
But it will never be clean
Jeane

We tried and we failed
We tried, and we failed
We tried and we failed
We tried and we failed
And we tried

Oh ...
Cash on the nail
It's just a fairytale
Oh ...
And I don't believe in magic anymore
Jeane

But I think you know
I really think you know
Oh ...
Oh yes, I think you know the truth
Jeane

Oh ...

No heavenly choirs
Not for me and not for you
Because I think you know
I really think you know
Oh ...
I think you know the truth
Oh, Jeane

We tried, and we failed
We tried, and we failed
We tried and we failed
We tried and we failed
We tried


This song was recorded as part of the sessions that produced the successfully charting Hand In Glove, with Sandie Shaw on vocals.
Sandie Shaw, a 60's singer, unfortunately most famous for the dire Eurovision entry "Puppet On A String", was one of Morrissey's heroes of his childhood. Morrissey persuaded Shaw to come out of retirement, thus giving her her first hit for more than 20 years.
Jeane's plaintive lyrics are clearly inspired by the 60's kitchen-sink dramas so beloved by Morrissey. This version is altogether more successful than the original as Sandie Shaw's voice brings style to the proceedings, as Marr strums an acoustic guitar, and Morrissey provides backing vocals. One of the rare Smiths tracks without Rourke and Joyce.

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