Song of the Day #4,110: ‘Suedehead’ – Morrissey

‘Suedehead’ is the first single from Morrissey’s first solo album, 1988’s Viva Hate. The Smiths had released their final album and split up the year before.

The song, about a brief fling that leads to an unwelcome obsession, wound up charting higher than any song The Smiths ever released, and higher than any song Morrissey would ever release as a solo artist.

It’s appropriate that this song shows up a week after a Ryan Adams Random Weekend selection, as Adams’ 2000 album Heartbreaker opens with a short track titled ‘Argument with David Rawlings Concerning Morrissey,’ in which Adams and a guitarist debate whether ‘Suedehead’ appeared on Viva Hate or Bona Drag.

Adams (correctly) argues that the song appeared on both albums, because Bona Drag was a collection of unreleased songs as well as previously released singles.

Today’s random spin of the iTunes wheel turned up the Bona Drag version of the song.

[Intro]
Why do you come here ?
And why do you hang around ?
I’m so sorry
I’m so sorry

[Verse 1]
Why do you come here
When you know it makes things hard for me ?
When you know, oh
Why do you come ?
Why do you telephone ? (Hmm…)
And why send me silly notes ?
I’m so sorry
I’m so sorry

[Verse 2]
Why do you come here
When you know it makes things hard for me ?
When you know, oh
Why do you come here
You had to sneak into my room
‘just’ to read my diary
“It was just to see, just to see”
(All the things you knew I’d written about you…)
Oh, so many illustrations
Oh, but
I’m so very sickened
Oh, I am so sickened now

[Outro]
Oh, it was a good lay, good lay
It was a good lay, good lay
It was a good lay, good lay
Oh oh
It was a good lay, good lay
It was a good lay, good lay
Oh, it was a good lay, good lay
Oh
Oh, it was a good lay
It was a good lay
Oh, a good lay
Oh, a good lay
Good lay, good lay
Oh
It was a good lay

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,110: ‘Suedehead’ – Morrissey

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    “I didn’t mean to make you cry.” That’s all!

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