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Meat Is Murder

Heifer whines could be human cries
Closer comes the screaming knife
This beautiful creature must die
This beautiful creature must die
A death for no reason
And death for no reason is murder
And the flesh you so fancifully fry
Is not succulent, tasty or kind
It's death for no reason
And death for no reason is murder
And the calf that you carve with a smile
Is murder
And the turkey you festively slice
Is murder
Do you know how animals die?

Kitchen aromas aren't very homely
It's not comforting, cheery or kind
It's sizzling blood and the unholy stench of murder
It's not natural, normal or kind
The flesh you so fancifully fry
The meat in your mouth
As you savour the flavour of murder
NO NO NO - IT'S MURDER
NO NO NO - IT'S MURDER
And who hears when animals cry?

This, the title track of the album, an overly melodramatic anthem for the world's vegetarians, reputedly caused Andy Rourke to give up meat. It really does tread the line between impact and farce, what with the unearthly effects on Morrissey's voice that sound like an unwell alien, and the absurd cows, sheep and bird noises. I do believe it does manage to get away with it, but it is a close line, and the song is often treated with derision. The opening and closing reverse piano jabs are, I suppose, meant to remind of the "screaming knife".
One of the finest bits in this song is the image of the cheery rustic kitchen, bustling with family; he then mercilessly sees through the pleasant image to the dead animal being cooked.
Morrissey noticeably has no qualms about comparing animals with humankind; indeed the very first line claims the similarity. His mis-use of "MURDER" further nods towards his anthropomorphism of animals.


Album: Meat Is Murder
Year of Publication: Feb. 1985
Lyrics: Morrissey
Music: Johnny Marr

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La carne assassinio

Gemiti di giovenca come grida umane
La lama sibilante si fa pi vicina
Questa meravigliosa creatura deve morire
Questa meravigliosa creatura deve morire
Una morte senza ragione
E morte senza ragione assassinio
E la carne che friggete con tanta fantasia
Non succulenta, gustosa o raffinata
morte senza ragione
E morte senza ragione assassinio
Ed il vitello che tagliate con un sorriso
assassinio
Ed il tacchino che affettate allegramente
assassinio
Sapete come muoiono gli animali?

I profumi di cucina non sono affatto 'domestici'
Non 'salutare', 'lieto' o raffinato
sangue sfrigolante e terribile puzzo di assassinio
Non 'naturale', 'normale' o raffinata
La carne che friggete con tanta fantasia
Il pezzo che avete in bocca
Mentre assaporate la fragranza dell'assassinio
No No No - assassinio
No No No - assassinio
E chi ascolta quando gli animali si lamentano?



Album: Meat Is Murder
Anno di pubblicazione: Feb. 1985
Testo: Morrissey
Musica: Johnny Marr

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