Morrissey Lyrics Sources/References


Lyric Song Source Notes
“So rattle my bones all over the stones I’m only a beggar-man whom nobody owns” The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Ulysses – James Joyce by way of Sheelagh Delaney (Lion in Love?) Actual line in Ulysses is, “Rattle his bones. Over the stones. Only a pauper. Nobody owns.” Which makes me think they probably both come from the same source (an Irish folk song?) p. 79 ch. 6 Penguin 20th Century Classics edition.
“And is Evil just something you are, or something you do?” Sister, I’m a Poet (1993) Same in American Psycho – Brett Easton Ellis (1991) Page 262 (In “The Best City for Business”). Actual text is, “Is Evil something you do? Or something you are? But Sister I’m a poet was written in 1987/1988 and performed live at Wolverhampton in 1988 so how could a film made in 1991 be a source so either this is from a shared source or is coincidental.

Actually, you’re probably better off with The Songs that Saved Your Life by Simon Goddard or the website below.

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