Best second song on a Morrissey album

Ossie

Human Being
I decree today that:

Dear God, Please Help Me
Love Is On Its Way Out
Glamorous Glue
Spring-Heeled Jim
Little Man, What Now?
Alma Matters
Irish Blood, English Heart
I Wish You Lonely
Sing Your Life
Mama Lay Softly on the Riverbed
Neal Cassady Drops Dead
Reader Meet Author
Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow
 

Gregor Samsa

I straighten up, and my position is one of hope.
1. Alma
2. IBEH
3. Jim
4. Little Man
5. Glue
6. Mama
7. God
8. Sing
9. Lonely
10. Reader
11. Love is
12. Neal
 

AtImber2022

Member
1. Alma Matters
2. Spring-Heeled Jim
3. Love Is On Its Way Out
4. Glamorous Glue
5. Irish Blood, English Heart
6. Dear God, Please Help Me
7. I Wish You Lonely
8. Little Man, What Now?
9. Reader Meet Author
10. Mama Lay Softly on the Riverbed
11. Sing Your Life
12. Neal Cassady Drops Dead
13. Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow
 

Bonaparte Shandy

Active Member
A little bit self-selecting ain't it Guv? What about songs that would (or have) driven you to the bar?

  1. Meat is Murder
  2. Black Cloud
  3. Life is a Pigsty
  4. How Soon Is Now
  5. First of the Gang
  6. Jackie
  7. Don't Make Fun
  8. Moon Over Kentucky
  9. Paris
  10. Carol
 
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Rob Lee

Guest
I decree today that:

Dear God, Please Help Me - 7
Love Is On Its Way Out - 4
Glamorous Glue - 13
Spring-Heeled Jim - 12
Little Man, What Now? - 2
Alma Matters - 5
Irish Blood, English Heart - 1
I Wish You Lonely - 3
Sing Your Life - 10
Mama Lay Softly on the Riverbed - 9
Neal Cassady Drops Dead - 6
Reader Meet Author - 8
Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow - 11
In that order
 
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peven satrick morrissey

Guest
break up the family
the end of the family line
seasick yet still docked
the more you ignore me
southpaw
alma matters
first of the gang to die
life is a pigsty
paris
one of our own
back on the chain gang
lady willpower
love is on its way out
 

dotmatrix522

Hey, how’s it going?
My top 3 are:

“I Wish You Lonely”
“Spring-Heeled Jim”
and definitely “Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow.” I love that last one so much, it’s one of my favorite Moz cover songs.
 
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dotmatrix522

Hey, how’s it going?
Not much love for "Reader Meet Author" on this thread, and that ain't right.
That’s a great song, it’s a banger live especially.
To be fair, I would’ve added it, but it is in my iTunes uploaded as the 2009 remastered and in that updated track-listing it’s #3 and that’s how I see it these days.
(But I do get that the post is referring to the original pressings, or I assume it is anyway!)
 

Dirk Blaggard

Well-Known Member
Spring-heeled Jim ,no doubt
There is no second song in the history of recorded music, as good as that ONLY , "I Started Something"

Let Dirk Explain...
I started Something was so good, as it blended so easily with the first song, yet was so different. The mind almost got tricked into thinking they were one..

Spring-Heeled, doesn't share this trait. It's a different animal to the one it followed and that's what makes it so good
The first song Now My Heart Is Full was one of M's best solo songs in a LONG while or, at least, that's what it seemed.
Now My Heart is beautiful and epic, almost Walker Bros, When one played it, you were close to tears hearing M. rise to the challenge, I personally wasn't that impressed with Your Arse . But Now My Heart was magical, it had that classic Smiths edge, that had been lacking, in a word "Quality" .
Now My Heart was a beautiful celebratory song -its Last Night I Dreamt's zen with love Sister. But everything must end so the listener is slowly returned to "the reasl world" as the song fades out,
THEN M crunches his gears as he switches them, skiding his car into a London side street and into a Jake Arnott novel. London's criminal heartbeat provides a throbbing bass line, wide boys conversations, beam in and out of earshot ....When the leader of our pack delivers "
Spring-heeled Jim winks an eye He'll "do", he'll never be "done to" " you KNOW M is in rude form, honey pie and he ain't stopping and waiting to explain ..His words start a physical reaction.
Whereas the first song, pinned you to the bed and washed over you, this one picks you up and throws you around the room, like a heavy in a barroom fight. One is giddy with excitement.
Then comes the "La la la la la le la ", "la la's" have never packed so much nostalgia for a moment one has never lived but who cares, the emotion it connects to is real and it's true and we are gonna sing aloud anyway, up goes the volume.. "La la la lale la...la la la la le la"
The song leaves you exhausted with a rare joy
 
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Jamie

Bluff, Ardour & Assoc.
Glamorous Glue
Dear God, Please Help Me
Reader Meet Author
Spring-Heeled Jim
Alma Matters
Irish Blood, English Heart
Little Man, What Now?
Asian Rut (N.b. Sing Your Life is track 3 on Kill Uncle)
Mama Lay Softly on the Riverbed
Don't Interrupt The Sorrow
Neal Cassady Drops Dead
I Wish You Lonely
Love Is On Its Way Out
 

Janice

Well-Known Member
Glamorous Glue
Dear God, Please Help Me
Reader Meet Author
Spring-Heeled Jim
Alma Matters
Irish Blood, English Heart
Little Man, What Now?
Asian Rut (N.b. Sing Your Life is track 3 on Kill Uncle)
Mama Lay Softly on the Riverbed
Don't Interrupt The Sorrow
Neal Cassady Drops Dead
I Wish You Lonely
Love Is On Its Way Out
I’m glad you pointed Asian Rut out. 🥴
 

Mike Rourke

Well-Known Member
Glamorous Glue
Dear God, Please Help Me
Reader Meet Author
Spring-Heeled Jim
Alma Matters
Irish Blood, English Heart
Little Man, What Now?
Asian Rut (N.b. Sing Your Life is track 3 on Kill Uncle)
Mama Lay Softly on the Riverbed
Don't Interrupt The Sorrow
Neal Cassady Drops Dead
I Wish You Lonely
Love Is On Its Way Out
Is it just me or are most of these songs a bit rubbish?
But if we have to try and order them...
1. Love is on
2. Alma
3. Little man
4. Reader
5. N Cassady
6. G glue
7. Spring heeled Jim
And all equally rubbish:
Mama, Irish Blood, Wish you lonely, Asian Rut, Dear God
 

Mozzer1980

Active Member
I. I Wish You Lonely
II. Alma Matters
III. Irish Blood, English Heart
IV. Spring-Heeled Jim
V. Love Is On Its Way Out
VI. Dear God, Please Help Me
VII. Little Man, What Now?
VIII. Glamorous Glue
IX. Mama Lay Softly on the Riverbed
X. Reader Meet Author
XI. Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow
XII. Asian Rut
XIII. Neal Cassady Drops Dead
 

Ossie

Human Being
Glamorous Glue
Dear God, Please Help Me
Reader Meet Author
Spring-Heeled Jim
Alma Matters
Irish Blood, English Heart
Little Man, What Now?
Asian Rut (N.b. Sing Your Life is track 3 on Kill Uncle)
Mama Lay Softly on the Riverbed
Don't Interrupt The Sorrow
Neal Cassady Drops Dead
I Wish You Lonely
Love Is On Its Way Out
I went with the track-listing of the 2013 Kill Uncle re-issue to avoid Asian Rut.
 

SweetnTenderYorkshireman

Well-Known Member
  1. Glamorous Glue
  2. Spring Heeled Jim
  3. Irish Blood, English Heart
  4. Dear God, Please Help Me
  5. Mama Lay Softly on The Riverbed
  6. Little Man, What Now ?
  7. I Wish You Lonely
  8. Reader Meet Author
  9. Alma Matters
  10. Love Is On It’s Way Out
  11. Don’t Interrupt The Sorrow
  12. Asian Rut
  13. Neal Cassidy Drops Dead
 
Dear God, Please Help Me
Alma Matters
Spring Heeled Jim
Reader Meet Author (Love the music and would rate this higher if it weren't for the lackluster vocal performance. While I love Morrissey's vocals on Vauxhall and I, that style didn't work as well on some of the Southpaw Grammar tracks)
Love Is On It’s Way Out
I Wish You Lonely
Mama Lay Softly on The Riverbed
Asian Rut
Glamorous Glue
Irish Blood, English Heart
Little Man, What Now ? (Not a bad song at all. It just doesn't do much for me)
Don’t Interrupt The Sorrow (Cool choice of a cover and an interesting arrangement. However, like much of California Son, I don't feel compelled to revisit it often)
Neal Cassady Drops Dead (Sorry to those that like this song. I've just always felt it's one of his worst, musically and lyrically)
 

Nikita

Senior Member
The ranking makes more sense by "group of songs"

Spring-Heeled Jim
Little Man, What Now?
Neal Cassady Drops Dead
Irish Blood, English Heart

Dear God, Please Help Me
Glamorous Glue
Love Is On Its Way Out
Asian Rut

I Wish You Lonely

Reader Meet Author
Alma Matters

Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow
Mama Lay Softly on the Riverbed
 
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