YOU JUST HAVEN'T EARNED IT YET, BABY

If you're wondering why
All the love that you long for eludes you
And people are rude and cruel to you
I'll tell you why
I'll tell you why
I'll tell you why
I'll tell you why

You just haven't earned it yet, baby
You just haven't earned it, son
You just haven't earned it yet, baby
You must suffer and cry for a longer time
You just haven't earned it yet, baby
And I'm telling you now ...

If you're wondering why
When all I wanted from life was to be Famous
I have tried for so long, it's all gone wrong
I'll tell you why
I'll tell you why
I'll tell you why
I'll tell you why
But you wouldn't believe me

You just haven't earned it yet, baby
You just haven't earned it, son
You just haven't earned it yet, baby
You must suffer and cry for a longer time
You just haven't earned it yet, Baby
And I'm telling you now ...
I'll tell you why
I'll tell you why

Today I am remembering the time
When they pulled me back
And held me down
And looked me in the eyes and said
You just haven't earned it yet, baby
You just haven't earned it, my son
You just haven't earned it yet, baby
You must stay on your own for slightly longer
You just haven't earned it yet baby
And I'm telling you now ...

You just haven't earned it yet, baby
Oh ...
You just haven't earned it yet, baby
Oh ...
Oh


An ominous warning to all sensitive souls, this absurd song was reputedly spurred by a flippant comment by Geoff Travis. Morrissey took a trite "You just haven't earned it yet, baby" and grafted it to a rather over-zealous lyric, bringing the phrase onto several different planes. The avuncular chide is enforced by the occasional "my son", bringing up grand images of a cigar-sporting pork-pie-hat manager type wagging a fat finger.
It is absolutely typical of Morrissey's lyric writing to bring a fairly innocuous phrase and load it with meaning - describing a "glass ceiling" of life itself, not just the world of pop music.
The versions on this album and Louder Than Bombs are slightly different in production.

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