"I'm Not A Man" = Brilliant Lyrics, Quintessential Morrissey

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  1. Vegan

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    The lyrics to this song are just the essence of who Morrissey is. He's something better than a stereotypical man. I'm sure many of you feel this way but I swear Morrissey writes exactly what I'm thinking most of the time. This explains why some fans adore him. I'm not the gushing fan kinda person. I hate that crap. I don't need to meet the man. I don't need him to even know I exist. I'm just saying the man is brilliant and ahead of his time (as all vegans are).
     
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  2. Anonymous

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    it was certainly a highlight as was mountjoy imo which i also think echos your sentiment
     
  3. Johnny

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    Best song on the last album by a mile for me.Genius.
     
  4. Anonymous

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    is that bowie writing about his wife lol

    yeah its mine as well though that whole album was great
     
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  5. Anonymous

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    Certainly one of the best songs - and lyrics - on the last album, though I can't help but feel it runs out of steam in the last few lines.
     
  6. countthree

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    I love this song
     
  7. Vegan

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    You must be an animal abuser/killer aka "meat egg and dairy eater, animal skin wearer" (yes they are synonymous) because those are the best lines:

    I'm not a man
    I'd never kill or eat an animal
    And I never would destroy this planet I'm on
    Well, what do you think I am?
    A man?
     
  8. Detritus

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    I love the way the band builds tension with this song, eventually erupting into the sweeping, majestic grandeur of the final minute or so, as Morrissey becomes more angry and defiant. I especially love the Alan Vega-esque shrieking as the song closes. Lyrically, it has a great deal in common with the 1972 poem "I'm Not a Man" by Harold Norse, which can be read here. It isn't one of my favorite Morrissey "message songs," or close to what I'd consider the strongest lyrical offering on the album, but I do enjoy it.
     
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  9. Derek17

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    I don't like it.

    It's pretentious. It's out of date by about forty years.

    It's got to be my least favourite Morrissey song.
     
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    And indeed, I see that the poem that Morrissey heavily based the song on was from 1972.

    Yawn.
     
  11. Anonymous

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    agree. the first bump coming with the so much bigger and better than line. makes my blood rise
     
  12. Vegan

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    Your taste/opinion is incorrect :p But seriously name me five of your your faves iffin ya please,
     
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