The Moz/Smiths Top 100, Part 155: SISTER I'M A POET

How do you rate Sister I'm A Poet?

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Let's compile our own Morrissey/Smiths Top 100 by rating all 232 Moz/Smiths-songs.

Song for Today: SISTER I'M A POET

Voting should be something along these lines:
10: Perfection
9: Near perfect, brilliant
8: Really good Moz/Smiths song
7: Good Moz/Smiths song
6: Decent, OK, Nothing special
5: Uninspired
4: Poor
3: Bad
2: Should never have been released
1: He/They should be ashamed

The songs so far (voting is still open):

Part 154: Sing Your Life
Part 153: Shoplifters Of The World Unite
Part 152: Sheila Take A Bow
Part 151: Shakespeare's Sister
Part 150: Seasick Yet Still Docked
Part 149: Satan Rejected My Soul
Part 148: Rusholme Ruffians
Part 147: Rubber Ring
Part 146: Roy's Keen
Part 145: Reel Around The Fountain
Part 144: Redondo Beach
Part 143: Reader Meet Author
Part 142: Pretty Girls Make Graves
Part 141: Pregnant For The Last Time
Part 140: Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
Part 139: Piccadilly Palare
Part 138: Pashernate Love
Part 137: Papa Jack
Part 136: Panic
Part 135: Paint A Vulgar Picture
Part 134: Our Frank
Part 133: Ouija Board, Ouija Board
Part 132: Oscillate Wildly
Part 131: On The Streets I Ran
Part 130: Oh Well, I'll Never Learn
Part 129: Nowhere Fast
Part 128: Now My Heart Is Full
Part 127: Now I Am A Was
Part 126: November Spawned A Monster
Part 125: Noise Is The Best Revenge
Part 124: Nobody Loves Us
Part 123: No One Can Hold A Candle To You
Part 122: Never Had No One Ever
Part 121: My Love Life
Part 120: My Life Is A Succession Of People Saying Goodbye
Part 119: Mute Witness
Part 118: Munich Air Disaster 1958
Part 117: Moonriver
Part 116: Money Changes Everything
Part 115: Miserable Lie
Part 114: Michael's Bones
Part 113: Mexico
Part 112: Meat Is Murder
Part 111: Margaret On The Guillotine
Part 110: Maladjusted
Part 109: Lucky Lisp
Part 108: Lost
Part 107: London
Part 106: Little Man, What Now?
Part 105: Lifeguard Sleeping, Girl Drowning
Part 104: Life Is A Pigsty
Part 103: Let the Right One Slip In
Part 102: Let Me Kiss You
Part 101: Late Night, Maudlin Street
Part 100: Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
Part 99: King Leer
Part 98: Journalists Who Lie
Part 97: Jeane
Part 96: Jack The Ripper
Part 95: It's Hard To Walk Tall When You're Small
Part 94: Is It Really So Strange?
Part 93: Irish Blood, English Heart
Part 92: Interlude
Part 91: Interesting Drug
Part 90: In The Future When All's Well
Part 89: If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look At Me
Part 88: I've Changed My Plea To Guilty
Part 87: (I'm) The End Of The Family Line
Part 86: I'm Not Sorry
Part 85: I'll Never Be Anybody's Hero Now
Part 84: I'd Love To
Part 83: I Won't Share You
Part 82: I Will See You In Far Off Places
Part 81: I Want The One I Can't Have
Part 80: I Started Something I Couldn't Finish
Part 79: I Like You
Part 78: I Know Very Well How I Got My Name
Part 77: I Know It's Over
Part 76: I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday
Part 75: I Knew I Was Next
Part 74: I Keep Mine Hidden
Part 73: I Just Want To See The Boy Happy
Part 72: I Have Forgiven Jesus
Part 71: I Don't Owe You Anything
Part 70: I Don't Mind If You Forget Me
Part 69: I Can Have Both
Part 68: I Am Two People
Part 67: I Am Hated For Loving
Part 66: Human Being
Part 65: How Soon Is Now?
Part 64: How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?
Part 63: Hold On To Your Friends
Part 62: Heir Apparent
Part 61: Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
Part 60: He Knows I'd Love To See Him
Part 59: He Cried
Part 58: Have-A-Go Merchant
Part 57: Handsome Devil
Part 56: Hand In Glove
Part 55: Half A Person
Part 54: Hairdresser On Fire
Part 53: Good Looking Man About Town
Part 52: Golden Lights
Part 51: Glamorous Glue
Part 50: Girlfriend In A Coma
Part 49: Girl Least Likely To
Part 48: Girl Afraid
Part 47: Get Off The Stage
Part 46: Ganglord
Part 45: Friday Mourning
Part 44: Frankly Mr Shankly
Part 43: Found Found Found
Part 42: First Of The Gang To Die
Part 41: Everyday Is Like Sunday (follow link for first 40 songs)
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I've gone for a 6 - good song, but sounds so much better live compared to the studio version


from the Ice Age to the dole age
Speaking as someone who's only heard the live version, I give it a 10


lovable loser
Another strong 8 and one of my current obsession songs. It's one of those jingles I just can not get out of my head. This song sounds very Smiths-y to me too (I wonder, does anybody feel the same way I do?) My daughter really likes it too -she's a budding writer- and yeah, that Sister part she sings IN her sister's face. =o) No reason to talk about my kids, but still I do...

One of the best lyrics ever: And is Evil just something you are, or something you do?!


best one i give it a 10..i did an acoustic version of it on a talent show and i won..i showed them what the power of morrissey cab do:p
gave it an 8 although i wish now id given it a 9. love the song and agree that it does sound better live but still the studion version is very good

Maurice E

Junior Member
David Baddiel's favourite Morrissey song; but don't let that put you off! It's another effortless Morrissey/Street classic; a great melody, an intriguing lyric and a brilliant upbeat vibe. Who could ask for more!


Forever Ill
an 8

vary good song from the viva hate area, a b-side
Musicly it's Ok, Lrycly nothing to complain

Love it more live, becaue in the early years iwas in a rock a billy style.
the song on BEETHOVEN is very good

Dunno the current live vrsion


Better than Marr
The studio version, probably a 10, maybe just a 9 if not for the lyrics which are among his best. Earlier live versions, no lower than 8 but no higher than a 9 (except for maybe the 2002 version which I like just as much as the studio version). The current live version however, though I've only heard recordings and so can't judge how good it can be, sounds like a very strong 10 to me. I don't know why, but it never occured to me that it would sound better slower, with a bit of a heavier sound.

Radio Berlin

moz is ♥
All over this town
Yes, a low wind may blow
And I can see through everybody's clothes
With no reason
To hide these words, I feel
And no reason
To talk about the books I read
But still, I do

this song is one of the reasons why I love morrissey.
It's so typhical moz.
the lyrics are some of his best, and I like the studio version better than the live version. easy in my top 5.

Well I Wonder

Now, Today, Tomorrow.....
9/10. a brilliant tune. Too good as b-side material!​

Anais Pin

Wardrobe Mistress
A 10.

It's just perfection (the Beethoven version is the better in my world). Love love love it.

I would sell my Grandmother to hear it live; to all those who saw him do it on this tour I'm green with envy!!


Beastly Little Parasite
"And is evil just something you are or something you do?"

A great B-side from the early solo days - it gets a very healthy 9 from me.


Doing Very Well
Chock FULL of memorable lines (my fave being the "no reason to talk about the books I read. . ." one), and it SWINGS!

A perfect 10 from me.

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Starved Of Mirth
One of three stellar b-sides from "Everyday Is Like Sunday" and one of his most punchy and energetic songs. I loved when he sang this song at Wolverhampton and a plastic bag hit him and he changed the lyric to "a plastic bag stranded at the lights, this once was me" ... and then, he continued to sing that line when he performed it live thereafter. As my friend says, "I love life - it's so random."

Best lyric: "Along this way outside the prison gates, I love the romance of crime, and I wonder does anybody feel the same way I do? And is evil just something you are or something you do?" Such are the thoughts that fill my weary brain every day.

I give this one a shiny 9.
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