Child cropped from the picture is from "The Enchanted Desna" by Julia Solntseva.
The image was published in "Film & Filming" (February, 1965).
The song's central refrain is cited to be a lift from the 1935 movie "Alice Adams" during a scene between Katharine Hepburn and Fred Stone:
"I think you're the smartest girl in the world.
I wouldn't trade you for the whole kit and boodle of them.
Isn't it funny how things work out?
I've seen it happen in other people's lives... ..and now it's happened in ours.
What's that, Dad?
You think you're going to be pushed right spang up against a walI....
..you can't see any way out, or any hope at all...
..and then something you never counted on turns up..."
Morrissey asserted the song was about his relationship with the media:
"When I wrote the words for that, I was just so completely tired of all the same old journalistic questions and people trying, you know, this contest of wit, trying to drag me down and prove that I was a complete fake. And I was tired of that because it just seemed that, like, even the people within popular music, even the people within the music industry, didn't have that much faith in it as an art form. And they wanted to really get rid of all these people who are trying to make some sense out of the whole thing. And I found that really distressing."
("Trial By Jury" in Melody Maker - March 16, 1985).
It has been speculated that the song is actually about a relationship with a journalist in the 80's.
Only reaching #49 in the UK.
Played ~77 times by The Smiths & 29 times solo.
A personal favourite.