YOU'VE GOT EVERYTHING NOW (TATE)

As merry as the days were long
I was right and you were wrong

Back at the old grey school
I would win and you would lose

But you've got everything now
You've got everything now
And what a terrible mess I've made of my life
Oh, what a mess I've made of my life

No, I've never had a job
Because I've never wanted one

I've seen you smile
But I've never heard you laugh

So who is rich and who is poor ?
I cannot say ... oh

You are your mother's only son
And you're a desperate one
Oh ...

But I don't want a lover
I just want to be seen ... oh ... in the back of your car

A friendship sadly lost ?
Well this is true ... and yet, it's false
Oh ...

But did I ever tell you, by the way ?
I never did like your face
Oh ...

But you've got everything now
You've got everything now
And what a terrible mess I've made of my life
Oh, what a mess I've made of my life

No, I've never had a job
Because I'm too shy

I've seen you smile
But I've never really heard you laugh

So who is rich and who is poor ?
I cannot say ... oh

Oh ...
You are your mother's only son
And you're a desperate one
Oh ...

But I don't want a lover
I just want to be tied ... oh ... to the back of your car
To the back of your car
To the back of your car
To the back of your car
The back of your car
To the back of your car

Oh ...


This song somehow survives the studio mangling it was given.
Starting off with a Shelagh Delaney line, this angry tune speaks of a failed life, while all around, the protagonist's grey schoolmates speed to success.
This song is Morrissey rather viciously lashing out at his former schoolmates, who were so successful then, whereas now, he's the one with the hit records and they're languishing in the "terrible mess they've made of their lives". This is made all the more interesting by projecting it from their viewpoint ... this song is a prime example of Morrissey ambiguity : "a friendship sadly lost ... well this is true, and yet it's false".

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