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Jack The Ripper

Oh, you look so tired
Mouth is slack and wide
Ill-housed and ill-advised
Your face is as mean
As your life has been

Crash into my arms
You don't agree
But you don't refuse
I know you

And I know a place
Where no one is likely to pass
Oh, you don't care if it's late
And you don't care if you're lost
And oh, you look so tired
But tonight you presume too much
Too much, too much
And if it's the last
Thing I ever do

Crash into my arms
You don't agree
But you don't refuse
I know you

And no one knows a thing about my life
I can come and go as I please
If I want to, I can stay
or if I want to, I can move
Nobody knows me
Nobody knows me - oh

(*) These lyrics only appear in the studio version of the song.

An interpretation of the lyrics, as Kolley Kibber from London suggests, could be the following. The protagonist could be Jack The Ripper who is speaking about himself. The "ill-housed and ill-advised" could then be his victims, the people he is describing, the people he's going to get and kill! Reading the lyrics from this point of view really makes more sense to the whole song. And when the protagonist finally addresses himself in the last verse "and no one knows a thing about my life/ I can come and go as I please", that's Jack The Ripper speaking somehow about his solitude.

Album: Beethoven Was Deaf
Year of Publication: 1993
Lyrics: Morrissey
Music: Boz Boorer

last update: 29.09.2005

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Jack Lo Squartatore

Oh avete l'aria cosė stanca
Bocca distesa e aperta
Male alloggiati e mal consigliati
La vostra faccia č dura
come č stata la vostra vita

Crollate fra le mie braccia
Non siete d'accordo
Ma non rifiutate
Io vi conosco

E conosco un posto
dove non č facile che passi qualcuno
Oh, non v'importa se č tardi
e non v'importa se ti sei perso
e oh, avete l'aria cosė stanca
ma stanotte presumete troppo
troppo, troppo
E se dovesse essere l'ultima
cosa che faccio

Crollate fra le mie braccia
Io vi voglio
Non siete d'accordo
Ma non rifiutate
Io vi conosco

Nessuno sa nulla della mia vita
Posso andare e venire a mio piacimento
Se voglio, posso restare
o se voglio, posso andar via
Nessuno mi conosce
Nessuno mi conosce - oh

(*) Questi versi appaiono soltanto nella versione registrata in studio.

Un'interpretazione del testo, suggerita da Kolley Kibber di Londra, potrebbe essere la seguente. Il protagonista potrebbe essere Jack lo squartatore che parla di sč stesso. Quelli "male alloggiati e mal consigliati" sarebbero allora le sue vittime, le persone che lui stesso descrive, le stesse persone che cercherā di uccidere! Leggendo il testo da questo punto di vista l'intera canzone acquista un maggior senso. E quando il protagonista alla fine si riferisce a sč stesso "e nessuno sa nulla della mia vita/ Posso andare e venire a mio piacimento", č Jack stesso che parla in qualche modo della sua solitudine.

Album: Beethoven Was Deaf
Anno di pubblicazione: 1993
Testo: Morrissey
Musica: Boz Boorer

ultimo agg.: 29.09.2005

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