We hate it when our friends become successful
We hate it when our friends become successful
Oh, look at those clothes
Now look at that face, it's so old
And such a video !
Well, it's really laughable
Ha, ha, ha ...

We hate it when our friends become successful
And if they're Northern, that makes it even worse
And if we can destroy them
You bet your life we will
Destroy them
If we can hurt them
Well, we may as well ...
It's really laughable
Ha, ha, ha ...

You see, it should've been me
It could've been me
Everybody knows
Everybody says so
They say :

"Ah, you have loads of songs
So many songs
More songs than they'd stand
Middle eight
Break, fade
Just listen ..."
La, la-la, la-la

Candidate for the longest Moz song title, and a great little tune. Parodied by Sultans of Ping FC as "We Love It When Our Friends Become Disabled", this highly caustic ditty describes rivalry between friends, back-stabbing, and basically everything Morrissey is so famed for by his ex-friends.
Of course, Morrissey is referring to his critics in this song: he is saying he is only being criticised by them because they are jealous of his success. Morrissey says : "There's the most vicious sense of competition in Manchester... so many jealous, vile creatures. This is what the song is about. In Manchester, you are accepted as long as you are scrambling and on your knees. But if you have any success or are independent or a free spirit, they hate your guts". Despite this, there is another aspect to the song revealed by the mention of his Northern-ness, which seems indicate that the song is partly aimed at the London music critics. The arrogance of the people Morrissey describes here ("It could've been me/Everybody knows") is interesting compared to the initial no-punches-pulled attitude of The Smiths when they first burst on to the UK music scene.
A live favourite.

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