I DON'T OWE YOU ANYTHING

Bought on stolen wine
A nod was the first step
You knew very well
What was coming next

Bought on stolen wine
A nod was the first step
You knew very well
What was coming next

Did I really walk all this way
Just to hear you say :
"Oh, I don't want to go out tonight" ?
"Oh, I don't want to go out tonight"

Oh, but you will
For you must

I don't owe you anything, no
But you owe me something
Repay me now

You should never go to them
Let them come to you
Just like I do
Just like I do

You should not go to them
Let them come to you
Just like I do
Just like I do

Did I really walk all this way
Just to hear you say :
"Oh, I don't want to go out tonight" ?
"Oh, I don't want to go out tonight"

But you will
For you must

I don't owe you anything, no
But you owe me something
Repay me now

Too freely on your lips
Words prematurely sad
Oh, but I know what will make you smile tonight

Life is never kind
Life is never kind
Oh, but I know what will make you smile tonight


One of my favourites from "The Smiths", this mellow song about relationships displays Morrissey's growing singing ability to great effect. A fairly simple musical backing accents the clarity and rapidly improving timbre of his voice.
When sung live, Morrissey often changed the first line to "Drunk on stolen wine". This provides some clue as to the initial section of the song; it's surely about someone being picked up / chatted up whilst out on the "razzle". In this context the lyrics start to take form. Here the author is seeming to be rejected, at least temporarily. He is convinced of his wooing abilities, however, sure that she will in fact go out. A double-edged statement, this: the use of the word "must" seems to signify desperation on the part of the recalcitrant subject.
The author quickly switches from homely advice ("Let them come to you") to stark denial of debt. Here the debt seems to be a purely emotional one - he's putting no emotional effort into his cajolings. The author is make stern demands ofthe subject however, demanding to be repaid (for his efforts). His intentions are candidly revealed in the last two verses...

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