whoops, must've ticked the 'game' box by mistake. soz!
there seems to be a recurring theme in modern day Morrissey songs that the lyrics are often the worst part of the song.
how times change...
I find Skull to be really dissonant and forced. It didn't impress me the first time I heard it and I still don't care about it so much.
Throwing my Arms is definitely a superior song, though it sounds more like one of those B-side gems - an understatement of a song which works perfectly.
In fairness it's better musically than lyrically. The clarinet sounds good and the single as a whole is quite pleasant as far as the instrumentation goes. The problem for me is lyrically it is Morrissey by numbers. There's no killer line or memorable quote like you would get in the past. The whole thing seems to pass me by. Must try harder next time....
I think Skull just has better hooks and would be a better way to grab people in to get them to hear songs like Paris rather than the other way around.