THE QUEEN IS DEAD (RANK)

HELLO !

Farewell to these marshes
Hemmed in like a boar between arches
Her very Lowness with a head in a sling
I'm truly sorry - it sounds like a wonderful thing

I said Charles, don't you ever craze
To appear on the front of the Daily Mail
Blessed in your Mother's bridal veil ?
Oh ...
And so, I checked all the registered historical facts
I was shocked into shame to discover
I am the 18th pale descendant
Of some old queen or other

Oh, has the world changed, or have I changed ?
Oh has the world changed, or have I changed ?

Some 9-year old tough who peddles drugs
I swear to God
I never even knew what drugs were
So, I broke into the palace
With a sponge and a rusty spanner
She said : "I know you, and you cannot sing"
I said : "That's nothing - you should hear me play piano"

We can go for a walk where it's quiet and dry
And talk about precious things
But when you're tied to your Mother's apron
No-one talk about ...

Past the Pub who breaks your body
And the church who'll snatch your money
The Queen is dead, boys
And it's so lonely on a limb
Past the Pub who wrecks your body
And the church - all they want is your money
The Queen is dead, boys
You can trust me, boys

Life is very long, when you're lonely
Life is very long, when you're lonely


A suitably energetic opening to this live compilation, the live version of The Queen Is Dead sees Marr's frenetic guitar accompanied by a frenzied Morrissey, often devolving from singing to insane animal noises, belches, and cries.
As always, Morrissey slightly changes the lyrics in the live version, here adding the line "You can trust me, boys".

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