Song of the Day #1,738: ‘Hairdresser On Fire’ – Morrissey

bona_dragI know Morrissey is not very popular in these parts, but ‘Hairdresser On Fire’ is another example of why I dig him so much.

Morrissey’s sound, both solo and with The Smiths, is so distinct. Plenty of bands have imitated, or drawn inspiration from, that sound but nobody has done it as well.

Morrissey’s tone of sarcastic inferiority isn’t everybody’s cup of tea but I find it refreshing — like the catty gay friend who makes a guilty art form out of people watching.

Here is London, giddy London
Is it home of the free
Or what?

Can you squeeze me
Into an empty page of your diary
And psychologically save me
I’ve got faith in you
I sense the power
Within the fingers
Within an hour the power
Could totally destroy me
(Or, it could save my life)

Oh, here is London
“Home of the brash, outrageous and free”
You are repressed
But you’re remarkably dressed
Is it real?
And you’re always busy

Really busy
Busy, busy
Oh, hairdresser on fire
All around Sloane Square
And you’re just so busy
Busy, busy
Busy scissors
Oh, hairdresser on fire
(Only the other day)

Was a client, over-cautious
He made you nervous
And when he said
“I’m gonna sue you”
Oh, I really felt for you

So can you squeeze me
Into an empty page of your diary
And supernaturally change me?
Change me, change
Oh, here in London
“Home of the brash, outrageous and free”
You are repressed
But you’re remarkably dressed
Is it real?
And you’re always busy

Really busy
Busy clippers
Oh, hairdresser on fire
All around Sloane Square

And you’re just too busy
To see me
Busy clippers
Oh, hairdresser on fire
(Only the other day)

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One thought on “Song of the Day #1,738: ‘Hairdresser On Fire’ – Morrissey

  1. Dana says:

    I’m sorry. I just can’t stand his voice.

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