This is the quintessential Morrissey track: morbidly depressing and self-pitying, but quite lovely.
An interesting tidbit I learned when Googling the lyrics of the song today is that they are loosely based on a Joni Mitchell song called ‘Silky Veils or Ardor.’
The lyrics to the Mitchell track have a similar structure but only two lines feel like direct corollaries.
Mitchell’s opening line, “I am a poor wayfaring stranger traveling through all these highs and lows” has a partner in Morrissey’s opening lines, and a line toward the end of her song (“I wish I had the wings… to reach the one I love, but I have no wings”) is paralleled directly at the end of the first verse here.
So far from where I intended to go
Scavenging through life’s very constant lulls
So far from where I’m determined to go
Wish I knew the way to reach the one I love
There is no way
Wish I had the charm to attract the one I love
But, you see, I’ve got no charm
Tonight I’ve consumed much more than I can hold
Oh this is very clear to you
And you can tell I have never really loved
You can tell, by the way, I sleep all day
And all of my life no-one gave me anything
No-one has ever given me anything
My love is as sharp as a needle in your eye
You must be such a fool to pass me by