Thank you for posting that clip. I'd never got around to watching that programme. Morley's correct when he says that despite close reading of the lines, they are still no closer to capturing the mystery or essence of the song. Which is why pop is pop. And lit.crit. is...not
The sooner Morley gets around to mounting a full scale work on Smiths/Morrissey the better. With this, the 'Uncut' piece from 2006, and especially the text he penned for the recent Kevin Cummins collection, it would be a fascinating read.
On the subject of this thread though, it's interesting that the majority of the choices so far appear to be from the solo work. Is that just a function of Smiths=5 years, Morrissey=21 years, or the particular demographic of this forum, or what, I wonder.
You know, that song is SO over-exposed that I don't even listen to it that much anymore, but when I was a miserable lonely teenager that sentence would make me weep. ...For reasons even more personal than I'm willing to detail here. I hope to one day tell Morrissey why I asked him to write it on my arm.