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Smoke
Lingers 'round your fingers
Train
Heave on - to Euston1
Do you think you've made
The right decision this time?

You left
Your tired family grieving
And you think they're sad
Because you're leaving
But did you see the Jealousy in the eyes
Of the ones who had to stay behind?
And do you think you've made
The right decision this time?

You left
Your girlfriend on the platform
With this really ragged notion
That you'll return
But she knows
That when he goes
He really goes2
And do you think you've made
The right decision this time?

Together with "Half A Person" and "Is It Really So Strange?", the "London" lyrics deal with England's North to South migration of young people moving from North England to London area looking for a job or success. The scene Morrissey is painting here is that of one train leaving to Euston, London (where the majority of the trains from Manchester actually stop). The inspiration probably comes out of the final scene of the film "Billy Liar" when protagonist Tom Courtenay is about to board a midnight train to the capital but is crippled with nervous disinclination.

A paragraph from Elizabeth Smart's "By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept" contains the line: '[...] because you notice the jealousy of those that stay at home.'

1 Euston is a train station in London.

2 In live versions, during the Smiths days of "The Queen Is Dead" tour (as heard on live album "Rank"), Morrissey sang this line as "My God he goes!".



Album: The World Won't Listen
Year of Publication: 1987
Lyrics: Morrissey
Music: Johnny Marr

last update: 24.08.2009

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Londra

Il fumo
Si trattiene attorno alle tue dita
Il treno
Si parte! - direzione Euston1!
Pensi di aver preso
La decisione giusta questa volta?

Hai lasciato
La tua stanca famiglia in pena
E credi che siano tristi
Per la tua partenza
Ma non hai visto l'invidia negli occhi
Di quelli che dovevano rimanere?
E pensi di aver preso
La decisione giusta questa volta?

Hai lasciato
La tua ragazza sulla banchina
Con la convinzione davvero vaga
Che farai ritorno
Ma lei sa
Che quando uno se ne va
Se ne va sul serio2
E pensi di aver preso
La decisione giusta questa volta?

Insieme a "Half A Person" e "Is It Really So Strange?", il testodi "London" tratta del tema della migrazione dal nord al sud dell'Inghilterra da parte di giovani in cerca di lavoro o successo. La scena che Morrissey dipinge in questa canzone è quella di un treno in partenza per Euston, una stazione ferroviaria di Londra dove la maggioranza dei treni provenienti da Manchester arrivano realmente. L'ispirazione viene probabilmente dalla scena finale del film "Billy Liar" (lett. "Billy il bugiardo"), in cui il protagonista Tom Courtenay sta per salire su un treno di mezzanotte diretto alla capitale ma è bloccato, nervoso e riluttante a partire.

Un paragrafo del racconto "By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept" di Elizabeth Smart contiene la frase: '[...] because you notice the jealousy of those that stay at home.'

1 Euston è una delle principali stazioni ferroviarie di Londra.

2 Nelle versioni dal vivo, durante il tour "The Queen Is Dead" (come si può ascoltare nell'album "Rank"), Morrissey sostituisce questo verso con "My God, he goes!", "mio Dio se va via!".



Album: The World Won't Listen
Anno di pubblicazione: 1987
Testo: Morrissey
Musica: Johnny Marr

ultimo agg.: 24.08.2009

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