Excuse me, I am making perfect sense. You're just not keeping up. - The Doctor
Very true!EDIT: Just as an unrelated aside, I'm listening to the song now and I've just noticed something new, after hundreds of listens to the song, that when he says the word 'guts' I think it's the most northern I've ever heard him sound, in a song or in speech!
Morrissey doesn't own social-awkwardness or shyness. It's a natural human trait.
Thinking about your life in Morrissey lyrics is a bit over-the-top for me, though. It reminds me of the analogy of a pet eventually resembling it's owner.
In "The importance of being Morrissey", there's a great scene in which a fan in New Zealand who's won some competition to see him backstage tells him as she leaves, "Thank you Morrissey, you've brought such happiness to me and so many others".
To which Morrissey replies, throwing his arms out apologetically: "Well, I never meant to".
In that exchange lies the heart of this matter.
Everyone, I like your points about Morrissey having it two ways, about the fact that he writes both positive and negative songs. I also quite liked your points about art, and indeed good music, by definition being life-affirming. But I was perhaps considering a different definition of life-negation, something that I outlined earlier in the thread: that if people want to take inspiration from the message conveyed in these supposedly "life-negating" songs, they are not going to get very far in life. If you disagree that this equals life-negation, then what would you argue that it means?
@billyscissors: I'd forgotten about that one!
And the Fulham Road lights stretch and invite into the night...