THE MOZ SINGLES (Parts 36 & 37)

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(Back in the original airings of this series in 2008/09 I was simply intending to feature what was, up until that point in time, just the 37 UK singles.  But then I decided I’d also feature two single released only in the USA)

It really is quite strange that  both Tomorrow and Now My Heart Is Full are among the best tracks Morrissey has  recorded in his solo career and way superior to many of the singles that have been inflicted upon us in the UK.

Tomorrow is the closing track on the 1992 LP Your Arsenal, and once you get past the plodding guitars of the opening 20 seconds you will find the great man delivering one of his most pleading lovelorn lyrics over a tune that does give a reminder of by The Smiths.  I’m assuming that having already lifted three singles from the ten tracks on the LP it was just a step too far for the record label to bring this out, but I reckon it would have been a single that would have gotten radio play and appealed to non-Morrissey fans.

mp3 : Morrissey – Tomorrow

One of the b-sides was Pashernate Love which had already been released in the UK as one of the b-sides to You’re The One For Me Fatty, but Let The Right One Slip In was a new song, a more than decent track that features a really understated vocal delivery and that was probably worthy of a place on Your Arsenal – although with its rather abrupt fade-out it was perhaps thought not to be quite the finished article. And until the re-release of Viva Hate in 1997 as part of the centenary celebrations of EMI Records, it was a track only available on the import single:-

mp3 : Morrissey – Let The Right One Slip In

Now if it was a mistake not to release Tomorrow as a single, it was a despicable crime worthy of hanging for the failure to put Now My Heart Is Full out as a 45.

The opening song on the 1994 LP Vauxhall And I.

It’s my long-held view that this is one of the finest tunes and lyrics that Morrissey has ever produced in his solo career that now stretches back some 20 years…

There’s gonna be some trouble
A whole house will need re-building
And everyone I love in the house
Will recline on an analyst’s couch quite soon
Your Father cracks a joke
And in the usual way
Empties the room

Tell all of my friends
I don’t have too many
Just some rain-coated lovers’ puny brothers

Dallow, Spicer, Pinkie, Cubitt
Rush to danger
Wind up nowhere
Patric Doonan – raised to wait
I’m tired again, I’ve tried again
And now my heart is full
Now my heart is full
And I just can’t explain
So I won’t even try to

Dallow, Spicer, Pinkie, Cubitt
Every jammy Stressford poet
Loafing oafs in all-night chemists
Loafing oafs in all-night chemists
Underact – express depression
Ah, but Bunnie I loved you
I was tired again I’ve tried again,
And now my heart is full
Now my heart is full
And I just can’t explain
So I won’t even try to

Could you pass by ?
Could you pass by ?
Will you pass by ?
Could you pass by ?
Could you pass by ?
Oh … Now my heart is full
Now my heart is full
And I just can’t explain
So … slow …

It’s those three lines about friends…and not having that many that bring a lump to my throat just about every time I play this song. I know many people think a lot of Morrissey’s lyrics are autobiographical – and that may well be true. But in my mind, this song belongs to the same protagonist who just a decade earlier was crying out that he was human and needed to be loved in How Soon Is Now?

Remember how that protagonist had the club where he liked to go, where he stood on his own, and he left on his own and he went home and he cried and he wanted to die? Well…I reckon one day he just plucked up the courage to go to the club and actually meet the someone who really loves him. The problem is, that 10 years later, that the love is dying……slowly and painfully. And our protagonist is left with just a bunch of memories and reference points…..

Or maybe I’m just talking bollocks???

mp3 : Morrissey – Now My Heart Is Full

The UK record label thought Hold On To Your Friends would be a better single – they were clearly correct given that it reached a magnificent #47 in the charts and remains, even to this day, the lowest place any of his singles have ever reached.

The US label included Moonriver as a b-side (as it was with Hold On To Your Friends) but it also added a great live song taken from a concert in Paris in 1992:-

mp3 : Morrissey – Jack The Ripper (live)

You’ll hopefully recall that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that the live versions of Jack The Ripper have always been much better than the studio version issued on the Certain People I Know single. Well, now you have the proof.

 

3 thoughts on “THE MOZ SINGLES (Parts 36 & 37)

  1. One of the finer analyses I’ve read on Morrissey’s lyrics, especially when you make a case for the same protagonist stretching through songs, years, and bands. Fantastic!

  2. fully agree on “now my heart …” as one of his best solo work. funny reading the lyrics. puny brothers!? until today always understood it as Bewlay Brothers as reference to bowie (hunky dory). one of many references in this song. btw like your blog.

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