The Moz/Smiths Top 100, Part 224: YES, I AM BLIND

How do you rate Yes, I Am Blind?

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Junior Member
Let's compile a Morrissey/Smiths Top 100 by rating all 232 Moz/Smiths-songs.

Song for Today: YES, I AM BLIND

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: 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, click to vote):

Part 223: Work Is A Four-Letter Word
Part 222: Wonderful Woman
Part 221: William, It Was Really Nothing
Part 220: Will Never Marry
Part 219: Wide To Receive
Part 218: Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself?
Part 217: Whatever Happens, I Love You
Part 216: What's The World
Part 215: What She Said
part 214: What Difference Does It Make?
Part 213: Well I Wonder
Part 212: We'll Let You Know
Part 211: We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful
Part 210: Vicar In A Tutu
Part 209: Used To Be A Sweet Boy
Part 208: Unloveable
Part 207: Unhappy Birthday
Part 206: Trouble Loves Me
Part 205: Tony The Pony
Part 204: Tomorrow
Part 203: To Me You Are A Work Of Art
Part 202: This Night Has Opened My Eyes
Part 201: This Is Not Your Country
Part 200: This Charming Man
Part 199: These Things Take Time
Part 198: There's A Place In Hell For Me And My Friends
Part 197: There Speaks A True Friend
Part 196: There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Part 195: The Youngest Was The Most Loved
Part 194: The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores
Part 193: The Teachers Are Afraid Of The Pupils
Part 192: The Queen Is Dead
Part 191: The Public Image
Part 190: The Ordinary Boys
Part 189: The Operation
Part 188: The Never Played Symphonies
Part 187: The National Front Disco
Part 186: The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get
Part 185: The Loop
Part 184: The Lazy Sunbathers
Part 183: The Last Of The Famous International Playboys
Part 182: The Headmaster Ritual
Part 181: The Harsh Truth Of The Camera Eye
Part 180: The Hand That Rocks The Cradle
Part 179: The Father Who Must Be Killed
Part 178: The Edges Are No Longer Parallel
Part 177: The Draize Train
Part 176: The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
Part 175: The Boy Racer
Part 174: That's Entertainment
Part 173: That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
Part 172: Teenage Dad On His Estate
Part 171: Sweetie Pie
Part 170: Sweet And Tender Hooligan
Part 169: Sunny
Part 168: Suffer Little Children
Part 167: Suedehead
Part 166: Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference
Part 165: Stretch Out And Wait
Part 164: Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before
Part 163: Still Ill
Part 162: Spring-Heeled Jim
Part 161: Speedway
Part 160: Southpaw
Part 159: Sorrow Will Come In The End
Part 158: Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
Part 157: Slum Mums
Part 156: Skin Storm
Part 155: Sister, I'm A Poet
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,(follow this link to first 149 songs).

Best performing songs, parts 1 to 149 (click to vote):

Part 147: Rubber Ring
Part 145: Reel Around The Fountain
Part 140: Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
Part 136: Panic
Part 135: Paint A Vulgar Picture
Part 128: Now My Heart Is Full
Part 126: November Spawned A Monster
Part 124: Nobody Loves Us
Part 104: Life Is A Pigsty
Part 101: Late Night, Maudlin Street
Part 100: Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me,
Part 96: Jack The Ripper
Part 93: Irish Blood, English Heart
Part 88: I've Changed My Plea To Guilty
Part 83: I Won't Share You
Part 81: I Want The One I Can't Have
Part 77: I Know It's Over
Part 65: How Soon Is Now?
Part 61: Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
Part 57: Handsome Devil
Part 56: Hand In Glove
Part 55: Half A Person
Part 54: Hairdresser On Fire
Part 50: Girlfriend In A Coma
Part 42: First Of The Gang To Die
Part 41: Everyday Is Like Sunday
Part 36: Disappointed
Part 26: Cemetry Gates
Part 21: Bigmouth Strikes Again
Part 14: Asleep
Part 1: A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours


It's all good
This is a Rourke co-write isn't it? Very nice song indeed, but if you have a musical ear, you can pick out that some of the tune and most of the time signature are lifted from Gilbert O'Sullivan's Nothing Rhymed, which of course Moz has covered live.



Beastly Little Parasite
"Good Christians, they wanna kill you"

A really strong B-side from the 90's. Great lyrics, great song and a 9 from me.


am i really so strange?
When will the polls actually close? I mean, how long are we gonna wait after the last song to count the votes?

As for YIAB, nice little b-side IMO. 7.

God, come down
If you're really there
'Cause you're the one that claims to care


lovable loser
Evil people prosper over the likes of you and me always…

My favorite self-pity tune (for Moz & myself) and a total ten -cuz in my sorry way I LOVE this song.

Beautiful (at least to me) music with lyrics that I can relate to. The opening lines are especially killer. …there must be something horribly wrong with me. *UGH!*

I’d love him to make s’more of this music, but he’s just too damn happy now :rolleyes:


am i really so strange?
Corrissey said:
I’d love him to make s’more of this music, but he’s just too damn happy now :rolleyes:

Yeah, that's a good point to add to the debate over the standard of his new material. Is a major factor why he can't get to the heady heights of any point up to and including '97 simply because he's too happy these days? How many sad, self-pitying songs are there on Ringleader? Not much more than Life Is A Pigsty, surely? Although i do appreciate this thread is actually for the discussion of Yes, I Am Blind, so I'll stop there.


How many sad, self-pitying songs are there on Ringleader? Not much more than Life Is A Pigsty, surely?

well i wouldnt exactly call pigsty self pitying


Junior Member
Sorry but these lyrics never fail to make me cringe and are amongst the worst from Morrissey, in my opinion:

Little lamb
On a hill
Run fast if you can
Good christians, they want to kill you
And your life has not even begun !
Youre just like me, youre just like me
Oh, your life has not even begun !

:sick: :sick: :sick:

Sorry moz. Next!


Active Member
I listened to this song last night while I was doing the dishes....

It was one of those Morrissey songs that really 'got' me back in the day...when I did feel like my life 'had not even begun'


Forever Ill
a 7

a hidden track [likewise] on Bona Drag, it never gets mentioned...its
like it doesn't exist

musicly it's not impressive, nor the lyrics but Morrissey's voice is

little lamb
on a hill
run fast if you can
good chistians
they wanna kill you
and your life didn't even began
you just like me 2x
and yer life has not even begun


this part he sings it beautifull


electric witch
For me, this song is a perfect 10 in the classic Morrissey sense ... all the themes are there - self-pity, self-deprecation, cynicism but a ray of hope despite it all with a dash of good ol' Catholicism ... "God, come down if you're really there, well you're the one who claims to care." Love it!

The 1st verse - I don't claim to be the world's biggest pessimist, but I too struggle to not just see the bad things in life so this song is like a mantra to me. Generally when a grave situation presents itself, I imagine the worst of it. That whole silver lining concept just escapes me.

The 2nd verse ... the whole "love's young dream" thing - tragic, beautiful & heartfelt. Moz should have hung this theme up here ... or at least spared us the "There are things worse in life than never being someone's sweetie" line in the current "THPGU" single ... eek!

The 3rd verse ... call it corny religious reference if you must but being the recovering Catholic that I am, I'm a total sucker for it.

So "Yes I Am Blind" ... yes, I adore.


Relax, yes, I'm trying...
9 - one of the few Moz songs that live up to that dumb old 'miserablist' reputation, but so damn good! I have to limit how much I listen to this, though, as it's been known to make me weep.


Junior Member
When will the polls actually close? I mean, how long are we gonna wait after the last song to count the votes?

After I put up the last song voting will remain open for a week.
Then the results will be published here, at the end of January.

Well I Wonder

Now, Today, Tomorrow.....
6/10. I like it for sentmental reasons but its not a great track musically.
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