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Wonderful Woman

Here her head she lay
Until she'd rise and say
"I'm starved of mirth
Let’s go and trip a dwarf!"
What to be done with her?
What to be done with her?

Ice water for blood
With neither heart or spine
And then just to pass time
"Let us go and rob the blind!"
What to be done with her?
I ask myself
What to be said of her?

But when she calls me
I do not walk I run
Oh when she calls
I do not walk I run

Altogether a strange song, probably The Smiths were never happy with this song; the lyrics were totally rewritten from an earlier version called "What Do You See In Him?", and the song notably never appeared on any compilations, along with its sister "Jeane". This version was released as a B-side to the 12" version of "This Charming Man".

Unlike "What Do You See In Him?" version, the lyrics are more intriguing and suggest that the protagonist (probably Morrissey himself) is a victim of a cruel woman who commits any sort of barbarities against the disabled, just for fun or to pass time. The sarcastic title was clarified by the author who also admitted that the song was actually autobiographical: 'In a monotonous way it's quite tongue in cheek. The wonderful woman is actually an incredibly vicious person, but still at the end of the day she had this incredible magnetic ray to me. All the things she wanted to do, nasty as they were, were completely forgivable due to whatever reason. It's all metaphysical.'

The journalist Nick Kent once even said that the woman behind the title should be Linder Sterling, a long term Morrissey's friend and photographer. It's also curious that during a concert in Royal Albert Hall held in London in September 2002, Morrissey introduced on stage his friend with the words: 'Linder Sterling - a wonderful woman!'.

Live and in other versions the line "I ask myself" is replaced with "Answer me".

Album: [b-sides]
Year of Publication: 1982
Lyrics: Morrissey
Music: Johnny Marr

last update: 23.08.2006

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Donna meravigliosa

Qui lei riposava il capo
Fino a che si alzava in piedi e diceva
"Muoio dalla voglia di far baldoria
andiamo a fare lo sgambetto ad un nano!"
Cosa farne di lei?
Cosa farne di lei?

Acqua ghiacciata al posto del sangue
Senza cuore né spina dorsale
E poi tanto per passare il tempo
"Andiamo a rubare ai ciechi!"
Cosa farne di lei?
Lo domando a me stesso
Cosa dire di lei?

Ma quando lei mi chiama
Io non cammino, corro
Quando lei mi chiama
Non cammino, corro

Nel complesso una strana canzone, probabilmente gli Smiths non furono mai davvero contenti di questo pezzo: le parole furono riscritte completamente (la versione iniziale era intitolata "What Do You See iIn Him?"). Il brano non comparve mai in nessuna delle compilation pubblicate; la stessa sorte che ebbe "Jeane". Questa versione fu pubblicata come b-side alla versione vinile 12" di "This Charming Man".

A differenza del testo di "What Do You See In Him?", le parole sono più intriganti e suggeriscono che il protagonista maschile del brano (probabilmente lo stesso Morrissey) sia una vittima di una donna crudele intenta a commettere ogni sorta di crudeltà contro i disabili, solo per divertimento o per passare il tempo. Il titolo ironico è stato chiarito dall'autore che ha anche ammesso che il testo sia realmente autobiografico: 'In modo monotono è del tutto ironico. La donna meravigliosa è in realtà una persona estremamente maligna, eppure nonostante tutto possiede questo raggio magnatico verso di me. Tutto quello che voleva fare, per quanto orribili, diveniva totalmente perdonabile per non si sa bene quale ragione. E' tutto metafisico.'

E' stato persino detto (dal giornalista Nick Kent del Face) che la donna in questione sia Linder Sterling, amica di vecchia data e per un certo tempo fotografa ufficiale di Morrissey. E' curioso che durante un concerto al Royal Albert Hall di Londra nel settembre 2002 Morrissey presentò l'amica sul palco dicendo: 'Linder Sterling - a wonderful woman!'

Dal vivo e in altre versioni il verso "I ask myself" viene sostituito da "Answer me".

Album: [b-sides]
Anno di pubblicazione: 1982
Testo: Morrissey
Musica: Johnny Marr

ultimo agg.: 23.08.2006

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