The topic of the decline in quality of Morrissey's lyrics comes up again, and again. And again. It's really starting to grate but talking about the music and words is why we're here so I thought I'd get a current reflection of what people thought. I tried to include quite a bit of gradation in the poll options but if your feelings fall outside (e.g. "Morrissey is as brilliant a wordsmith as ever. It's HIM that's changed!"), etch a postcard.
I see an unbroken line between The Smiths and Morrissey when it comes to the Man's words and worldview but I decided to limit the poll to Morrissey solo as the complaints seemed to really take hold with Quarry and have continued to gain momentum right up until the latest new songs. My memory is hazy but being on this site when Maladjusted came out, I can't remember many (any?) fans taking issues with the words in particular except for perhaps Roy's Keen (which as a single had stunners Lost and The Edges among its B-sides).