Song of the Day #3,896: ‘King Leer’ – Morrissey

Morrissey kicked off a successful solo career following the disbanding of The Smiths in 1987. He has released 11 albums in the three decades since, though the most interesting output came during the late 80s through mid 90s.

For my money, his best solo albums are his 1988 debut, Viva Hate, and his third album, 1992’s Your Arsenal, easily his best work. Sandwiched between them was 1991’s Kill Uncle, an oddly endearing record that I rank as my #9 album of 1991.

With production by English hitmakers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley, the album marked a departure from the Smiths guitar sound pioneered by Johnny Marr. It was replaced by a more acoustic focus, some rockabilly (as in today’s SOTD), and piano-focused balladry.

Kill Uncle isn’t Morrissey’s best work, but it helped define the landscape he would traverse as a solo artist.

[Verse 1]
Your boyfriend, he
Went down on one knee
Well, could it be
He’s only got one knee?
I tried to surprise you
With Vodka
Or, Tizer
I can’t quite remember
But you didn’t thank me
You didn’t even thank me
Because you never do

[Verse 2]
Your boyfriend, he
Has the gift of the gab
Or, could it be
The gift of the grab?
I tried to surprise you
I lay down beside you
And nothing much happened
And you didn’t phone me
You didn’t even phone me
Because it’s not your style
To dial

[Verse 3]
Your boyfriend, he
Displays to me
More than just
A hint of cruelty
I tried to surprise you
I crept up behind you
With a homeless chihuahua
You cooed for an hour
You handed him back and said
“You’ll never guess
I’m bored now”

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,896: ‘King Leer’ – Morrissey

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Pass!

  2. Peg says:

    I don’t know this singer but I kinda like this song. He has a nice voice too

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