ALSATIAN COUSIN

Were you and he Lovers ?
And would you say so if you were ?
On a forecourt
On a Friday
Passing my way
Oh...

Were you and he Lovers ?
And if you were, then say that you were!
On a groundsheet
Under canvas
With your tent-flap
open wide

A note upon his desk
"P.S. Bring Me Home And Have Me!"
Leather elbows on a tweed coat
-Oh!-
Is THAT the best you can do ?
So came his reply :
"But on the desk is where I want you!"

So I ask (even though I know):
Were you and he Lovers ?


Morrissey starts off his solo career with a track in sharp contrast to The Smiths' last album track, I Won't Share You, with a strong melodic strangulation of a song featuring some excellent guitar by Vini Reilly. Morrissey sounds truly menacing in his new incarnation at this point in the album: gone are sweet refrains of unfulfilled love, replaced with violent demands for information. The line "Leather elbows on a tweed coat - is that the best you can do ?" is truly one of the finest in his whole career.
The title of this song is borrowed from Alan Bennett's play "Forty Years On".

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