Is World Peace is None of Your Business a Concept Album?

By realitybites · Aug 15, 2014 · ·
  1. The album, World Peace is None of Your Business, is about human agency—particularly the structures which limit it.

    Human agency is the capacity for humans to make choices. In World Peace is None of Your Business, Morrissey describes numerous situations where agency is limited or influenced by structures outside of one's control. Many of the songs address society's pressure to make individuals conform. Several other songs concern themselves with freedom: how much and how little the individual has to make choices in his or her life. In other words, the album is about the power struggle between the individual and society.

    World Peace Is None of Your Business ~ Government control

    You must not tamper with arrangements
    Work hard and sweetly pay your taxes
    Never asking what for

    Neal Cassady Drops Dead ~ Choice

    Victim or life's adventurer
    Which of the two are you?

    I'm Not a Man ~ Gender as a construct

    Ways to sit
    And of course
    Ways to stand
    I'm not a man

    Istanbul ~ War

    In Istanbul
    Give him back to me
    In Istanbul
    Give me back my brown eyed son

    Earth Is the Loneliest Planet ~ Anomie

    But you're in the wrong place
    And you've got the wrong face

    Staircase at the University ~ Conformity

    "If you don't get three As," her sweet daddy said
    "You're no child of mine and as far as I'm concerned, you're dead."

    The Bullfighter Dies ~ Rebellion

    Hooray, hooray
    The bullfighter dies
    Hooray, hooray
    The bullfighter dies
    And nobody cries

    Kiss Me a Lot ~ Liberation

    I don't care when or where
    I only care that the two of us are there

    Smiler With Knife ~ Surrender

    Time has frittered long and slow
    All I am and was will go

    Kick the Bride Down the Aisle ~ Heteronormativity

    She just wants a slave
    To break his back in pursuit of a living wage
    So that she can laze and graze
    For the rest of her days
    Write down every word I say

    Oboe Concerto ~ Indoctrination

    There's a song I can't stand
    And it's stuck in my head


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  1. realitybites
    Thanks. I will fix that.
  2. BrummieBoy
    An interesting overview. You have quoted lyrics from NCDD for 'Mountjoy'!