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You've Got Everything Now

As merry as the days were long
I am right and you are 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 never heard you laugh

So who is rich and who is poor
I cannot say

You are your mother's only son
And you're a desperate one
But I don't want a lover
I just want to be seen
In the back of your car

A friendship sadly lost
Well, this is true and yet it's false
But did I ever tell you, by the way
I never did like your face
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 never really heard you laugh

So who is rich and who is poor
I cannot say

You are your mother's only son
And you're a desperate one
But I don't want a lover
I just want to be tied
To the back of your car

This song deals with one of Morrissey's most beloved topic: his anti-work ethic. "Jobs reduce people to absolute stupidity, they forget to think about themselves." (Sounds, June 1983).

A demo tape of an early version exists much longer than the one released in the album. In over six minutes, Morrissey uses different lines, later discarded:

'When you lost the will to go on, I gave you some'

'You never really wanted the truth and so I never gave it to you'

By the end of the track other verse appear:

'I've never had a friend because I never wanted one' and 'please, make your move'.

All along the lyrics the ghost of Sheilagh Delaney's quotations also appear:

'Shall I tell you something? I don't like your face' (The Lion In Love)

'As merry as the day is long' (from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing Act II:1 as recited by Helen in A Taste Of Honey - Act II:2)



Album: The Smiths
Year of Publication: 1984
Lyrics: Morrissey
Music: Johnny Marr

last update: 15.12.2010

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Tu hai tutto adesso

Allegri dal mattino alla sera
Io avevo ragione e tu torto
Ai tempi della vecchia scuola grigia
Io vincevo e tu perdevi
Ma tu hai tutto adesso
Tu hai tutto adesso
E che terribile pasticcio io ho fatto della mia vita
Che pasticcio ho fatto della mia vita

No, non ho mai avuto un lavoro
Perché non ne ho mai voluto uno
Ti ho visto sorridere
Ma non ti ho mai sentito ridere veramente

Quindi, chi sia il ricco e chi il povero
Non so dirlo

Sei figlio unico
E sei un disperato
Ed io non voglio un amante
Voglio solo che mi si veda
Nei sedili posteriori della tua auto

Un'amicizia perduta dolorosamente
Sì, questo è vero, eppure è falso
A proposito, ti ho mai detto
Che la tua faccia non mi è mai piaciuta?
Ma tu hai tutto adesso
Tu hai tutto adesso
E che terribile pasticcio io ho fatto della mia vita
Che pasticcio ho fatto della mia vita

No, non ho mai avuto un lavoro
Perché sono troppo timido
Ti ho visto sorridere
Ma non ti ho mai sentito ridere veramente

Quindi, chi sia il ricco e chi il povero
Non so dirlo

Sei figlio unico
E sei un disperato
Ed io non voglio un amante
Voglio solo che mi si leghi
Ai sedili posteriori della tua auto

Il testo tratta di uno degli argomenti più amati da Morrissey: la sua morale anti-occupazione. "Il lavoro riduce le persone ad una stupidità assoluta, si dimenticano di pensare a loro stessi." (rivista Sounds, giugno 1983).

Esiste un nastro demo contenente una delle prime versioni del brano, molto più lunga di quella pubblicata nell'album. In oltre sei minuti, Morrissey utilizza parole differenti, in seguito scartate:

"Quando avevi perso la volontà di andare avanti, io te ne diedi un po'"

"Non hai mai voluto la verità e così io non te l'ho mai fornita"

Verso la fine della traccia, altri versi appaiono:

"Non ho mai avuto un amico perché non ne ho mai voluto uno" e anche "ti prego, fa' la tua mossa".

Lungo tutto il testo il fantasma di Shelagh Delaney aleggia con delle citazioni:

'Shall I tell you something? I don't like your face' (da The Lion In Love).

'As merry as the day is long' (da Much Ado About Nothing/Tanto Rumore Per Nulla Atto II:1 come recitato da Helen in A Taste Of Honey - Atto II:2)

 



Album: The Smiths
Anno di pubblicazione: 1984
Testo: Morrissey
Musica: Johnny Marr

ultimo agg.: 15.12.2010

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