You have killed me (& lyrics)

You have Killed meThe official Morrissey Myspace profile is currently showcasing the new single, ‘You Have Killed Me’.

Released on March 20th here in the UK, I can tell you, it’s growing on me.
Surely not as good as some of his previous singles or other classics, it should do well to help launch the album, Ringleader of the Tormentors, which is released on April 4th.
You can tell quite clearly that the man has been influenced heavily by his stay in Rome, where the album was mostly written and recorded, direct references to Pier Paolo Pasolini, Luchino Visconti and Anna Magnani make this obvious.

Lyrics —

Pasolini is me
‘Accattone’ you’ll be
I entered nothing and nothing entered me
‘Til you came with the key
And you did your best but

As I live and breathe
You have killed me
You have killed me
Yes I walk around somehow
But you have killed me
You have killed me

Piazza Cavour, what’s my life for?

Visconti is me
Magnani you’ll never be
I entered nothing and nothing entered me
‘Til you came with the key
And you did your best but

As I live and breathe
You have killed me
You have killed me
Yes, I walk around somehow
But you have killed me
You have killed me

Who am I that I come to be here…?

As I live and breathe
You have killed me
You have killed me
Yes I walk around somehow
But you have killed me
You have killed me

And there is no point saying this again
There is no point saying this again
But I forgive you, I forgive you
Always I do forgive you

References;

Pasolini: Pier Paolo Pasolini, poet, director, writer, the soul of the 20th century Italian art.

Accattone: Accattone was the title of the first movie by Pier Paolo Pasolini in 1961. Literally ‘Accattone’ means a beggar, mendicant. In Rome it also means a poor man, a man with no talent. Here Morrissey implies that the person he is speaking to will be “his first”…

Piazza Cavour: Cavour square in Prati, Rome. Just behind the Palace of Justice and very near to Lungotevere.

Visconti: Luchino Visconti, famous Italian director, author of masterworks like Ossessione, Rocco e i suoi fratelli, Morte a Venezia, Il Gattopardo. He also worked a lot with Anna Magnani as she was his favourite actress. An episode directed by Visconti of the movie “Siamo Donne” was about Anna Magnani’s everyday life.
Also, could be Tony Visconti, renowned producer and producer of Morrissey’s album, Ringleader of the Tormentors, from which this is the first single. In fact, in a recent live performance for The Album Chart Show on Channel 4, he changed the lyric to ‘Tony Visconti is me..’

Magnani: Anna Magnani, the greatest Italian actress ever.

Courtesy Wor(l)d of Morrissey

34 Comments

  1. oooh i love this song already!
    morrissey is the greatest ever!
    i go to sleep to morrissey and wake up to morrissey!
    love it!

  2. Badwig are supremely relieved to see that the old poof has finally stopped beating about the (boy in the) bush and penned his first unequivocally gay song.He’s not right in the head,and niether am I,and that is why,we like him.
    Badwig

  3. Excelente canción, aunque no tan buena como sus anteriores singles,continua manteniendo ese halo de ambiguedad por sus obvias referencia a Pier Paolo Pasolini.

  4. Pues yo discrepo. A mi me parece francamente buena, aunque es cierto que hay canciones mejores en Ringleader of The Tormentors que este primer single, como I will see you in far off places, on the streets I ran o in the future when all’s well

  5. I could never get tired of watching this video- Moz looks stunning, and I love the little expressions he makes, especially that, “who,me?” surprised look on his face- classic and it always makes me laugh and I am as fond of him as ever. I WANT A GREAT BIG HUG FROM YOU, Mozzer! ( Also, it was NEVER anyone’s business, but I am proud of you that you finally came out. People should listen to YOUR MUSIC- not speculate about your private life. But, again, I cannot stress how much I love “You Have Killed Me”- ROTT is going to blow YATQ off the map. Keep pulling out all the stops, Mozzer :o) Colleen

  6. hi, excuse my english, I am form germany. I`m just a fan of morrissey since one year.
    I thin this track is about his first sexual experiences with a man or a woman. For me it doesn`t matter which one it is and I don`t think that you can clearly say it just after the lyrics. Whatever, I felt a bit sorrowful for him, because he obviously couldn`t enjoy it. So he is still the lonely man, who never will be satisfied.

    PS: I love this song, an it sounds quite interesting, when an english man speaks out italian words :)

  7. hi.. forgive my english.. I’m from chile (south america)
    well i really love this song and Morrissey too
    he could be my father.. but doesn’t matter to me
    i love him!!! i enjoy so much his songs and his voice.. his lyrics!!! are the best!
    i’d wish know if Morrissey believe in God?
    i ask because his song called “i forgiven jesus” he appeared in video’s song like a priest
    i don’t undestand if it’s a joke or i don’t
    please
    any fan can answer me to my mail
    sorrow_no_more@hotmail.com
    i really want to know more about Morrissey
    :)

  8. Pasolini and Visconti were both gay Italian filmakers.
    Pasolini died around the relese of his last film Salo: 120 Days of SOdom (which is a classic anti-fascist film by the way). He was beaten to death with a piece of wood and run over in his alfa romeo a few times. He was in a slum area of Rome picking a male prostitute. Others say that a 19 yr old boy would not be able to overpower Pasolini and it was the members of the Fascist party that killed him. Pasolini was an interesting character: he was Communist and gay!
    Luchino Visconti was also gay.. see his film Death in Venice – very gay indeed.
    Love the new album by the way. One of The Moz’s best. Love the production and the explosive sounds on Far Off Places and the girl choirs!! Also like the political issues… sticking it to the yanks now he’s left ha ha.. Don’t know about the god stuff though:S
    Oh, I don’t know why Morrissey is saying that he is these two people other than they are gay. Maybe he thinks he is going to meet a similar fate as Pasolini. Some of the lyrics seem to suggest that Morrissey has indeed come out – “sins of the flesh” et al. And now says that he only once said he was celibate and now he is in love. Some of the lyrics also seem to say that he is dying. Maybe You Have Killed Me is about a lover’s deadly disease?? I hope not! People dying also talk about god! What do you guys think?

  9. When I first heard this I thought it was about his first sexual experience and getting aids from it.

    e.g. Having an uncurable disease but being able to function while it takes its’ toll.

  10. I just thought it was your classic break up lyrics,i mean if you’ve ever lost someone you truly truly love then it really does feel like your dead,you still go on and function but your soul feels like its been ripped away,hence the you have killed me line.

  11. i’ve listened; i’ve read; i’ve considered all of the references; i still don’t have clue what he is on about in this track. not enuf information, Mr. M! Now ‘explosive kegs between legs’ is clarity personified.

  12. Mike
    Never mind the gay film references,”I entered nothing and nothing entered me” is a pretty clear reference to the back passage of love.If you really want to hear sexually charged pop tunes try,badwig/myspace

  13. ‘i entered nothing and nothing entered me’

    I can see how you have applied to a sexual thing. but it doesnt necessarily have to be ‘gay’.

    You can say something to someone, and it can enter them. They can say something back and it may not enter you (sound).

    You can accept religion to enter your soul..

    you get my point.

    the beauty of Morrissey is you can take his music, and adjust it to your life however you find it fit, whether straight or gay.

    I see this song personally, as a song of being tired and dead from being with someone for so long… You’re still there but not really… the other party has killed you as a human.

    Pretty much my married life… hahaha

  14. This comment comes late – I know – but if anybody still reads this:

    YOU HAVE KILLED ME is a phrase that you say in the States when you had really good sex – you can barely walk.

    Just an idea – away from the always tragic meanings

  15. Well, could it be just a song about Rome? As far as I know he was ipressed by the city.

  16. Well,Boleynas comment certainly fits with the “Yes I walk around somehow but you have killed me”line which brings to mind the image of a bandy legged Mozza hauling his aching rectum around gay Rome as he recovers from a night of frantic thrusting.Can’t see it myself though,on the other hand Sandors interpretation is surely too esoteric,I suspect the etymology of the Killed me reference is merely another lament for a lost love.
    Badwig

  17. Preconception is not a good thing!
    Morrissey is the Best, that is what matters here!!!

    Alex Nunes – Embu das Artes – SP Brazil

  18. “I entered nothing and nothing entered me”
    Moz was alone and fine.

    “‘Til you came with the key”
    Moz met a man/woman that gets into him.

    “You have killed me”
    He/she dumps or rejects him.

    That’s how I see it.
    Love the song.

  19. to be quite truthful, i could care less if the man is gay or straight, he’s a genius.
    ‘as i live and breathe
    you have killed me’
    simply reaches to you, and while i agree that it is not the best song in Ringleader of Tormentors, the simplicity of the statement can leave you quite breathless.

  20. It seems that people are interested in the meaning of this song. I hope that my commments help. I think this song (and indeed the whole album) is about gay love. I think you have killed me means in the sense that he is now damned, because of his catholic beliefs condemn homosexuals. And that now he has embraced his homosexuality he is effectively damned.

    Of course this is specualtion. and homosexuality is not a bad thing. :)

  21. I can’t believe the apparent effectiveness of the whole “celebacy” story! Maybe I’m too cynical, but I always saw it as clever M A R K E T I N G? It created a mystique and a buzz around Morrissey; and made him appear to be larger than life. I found the whole “hugging” ritual cult-like. I mean don’t get me wrong- the man’s great. He’s a poet in his own right- but let us not completely forget he’s in the business of selling music / entertainment. I always saw his sexuality, the wonder of who he really was– a ‘hook’. I never regarded it as ‘real’.

  22. Another important thing to point here, is about the phrase “As I Live and breathe, you have killed me”. Something like this would really just come from a genius mind as Morrissey’s. I can’t imagine anybody else writing something so simple and deep as he can do. That’s really amazing. And, in my last comment, I meant to say: racism. That’s can’t be accepted in any situation.

  23. I don’t see why people have to over analyze songs to death… I like AFI’s “God Called in Sick”, and having people tell me “That is Davey Havok saying he’s gay” doesn’t really bother me – the song means something aside from that to me.

    The same way with Morrissey’s “You Have Killed Me.”

    The first time I heard it, I kind of hitched a little at the “I entered into nothing, and nothing entered me, till you came with the key” line – and the friend I was with pantomined something which added up to what popped into my head – but the more I listened to the song, this initial impression dissapeared.

    Now when I hear it, it is about a person’s first time with a lover, someone who didn’t think they ever would be loved, someone who had put up walls to keep people away. Someone broke those walls down, utterly disarming the person. Then…they left, in effect killing the person, or at least a large part of them.

    I’ve had an experience like that, so when I hear that song, that is what it conjures for me.

    I think it is the mark of a great songwriter to be able to capture people’s imagination in such a way that if you ask ten people what the song means, you will likely get ten different answers.

    I plan to cover this on at least one occassion with my band, and I know I’ll probably take some flak for it from the type of crowds we tend to draw, but I don’t care because it is an absolutely awesome song. When I say “That was a Morrissey song” I’ll probably have to dodge a beer bottle or two, but if it gets even just one person in the crowd to go buy the album and fall in love with the song like I did, then the odd scar will be worth it.

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