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What Do You See In Him?

Oh, the nights are too long
When Her questions are long
I try
But I will never understand
What do you see in Her?
What do you see in Her?

Cheat the Life out of me1
As you walk hand in hand
And I try, and I try, and I try
But I will never understand
Oh, what do you see in Her?
I ask myself:
"What do you see in Him?"

But She will plague you
And I will be glad
Yes, He will leave you
And I will be sad

These are the original title and lyrics laid on the same music of later Wonderful Woman. The song was performed during the third show at the Hacienda, Manchester on February 4, 1983 and it's available on a bootleg called "The Butterfly Collector".

This is the only Morrissey/Marr song to change its title between concert debut and actual studio recording.

Within the love triangle, which is the gist of the lyrics, Morrissey is the spectator of a hetero relationship (He and She). He obsessively turns to Him asking what does He see in that woman, who is bound to make Him suffer. Then the protagonist asks, this time to himself, what qualities does he see in Him, so implying a homo feeling. At the end of the song, She will reveal herself as She is, a nagging woman and He will be her victim forever while Morrissey says to himself what is going to happen: He will leave him. The end result: everybody unhappy and the protagonist condemned to see his predictions come true!

1 Cheat the Life out of me: some read "She's the lifeblood of me" or "Tease the Life out of me".

Album: [unreleased]
Year of Publication: 1983
Lyrics: Morrissey
Music: Johnny Marr

last update: 22.09.2009

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Cosa ci vedi in Lui?

Oh, le notti sono troppo lunghe
quando le sue domande sono le stesse
Ci provo
ma non lo capirò mai
Cosa ci vedi in Lei?
Cosa ci vedi in Lei?

Mi portate via la Vita con l'inganno
Quando voi due passeggiate mano nella mano
Ed io ci provo, ci provo, ci provo
Ma non lo capirò mai
Oh, cosa ci vedi in Lei?
Domando a me stesso:
"Cosa ci vedi in Lui?"

Ma Lei ti renderà la vita impossibile
ed io ne sarò contento
Sì, Lui ti lascerà
ed io sarò triste

Sono questi il titolo ed il testo originali sulla stessa musica di Wonderful Woman. La canzone è stata eseguita durante il 3° show degli Smiths all'Hacienda di Manchester il 4/2/1983, ed e' disponibile nel bootleg "The Butterfly Collector".

Questa è la sola canzone composta da Morrissey/Marr che abbia cambiato di titolo fra il debutto in concerto e l'effettiva registrazione in studio.

Il triangolo amoroso descritto nel testo vede Morrissey come spettatore interessato di una relazione fra un Lui ed una Lei. In maniera ossessiva si rivolge al Lui della coppia chiedendo cosa ci trovi in quella donna destinata a farlo soffrire. Il protagonista chiede, stavolta a se stesso, cosa ci vede in Lui, sottintendendo un sentimento omosessuale. Alla fine la Lei si rivelerà per quella che è veramente, una donna assillante, mentre Lui ne rimarrà vittima e lascerà Morrissey. Risultato: tutti e tre infelici e per Morrissey la condanna di vedere avverate le proprie previsioni!

1 Cheat the Life out of me: alcuni preferiscono "She's the lifeblood of me" o "Tease the Life out of me".

Album: [unreleased]
Anno di pubblicazione: 1983
Testo: Morrissey
Musica: Johnny Marr

ultimo agg.: 22.09.2009

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