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This second leg of the Swords tour was also marred with health problems and a cancellation. However Morrissey's spirits seemed to be higher than on the tour's first leg. When he struggled with his voice he looked slightly annoyed by it, but not irritated to the point where he was expected to walk out. Many people found that he looked tired, but he soldiered on and finished the tour with having to cancel only one date.
Musicians: Boz Boorer (guitars, clarinet), Jesse Tobias (guitars), Matt Walker (drums), Solomon Walker (bass) and Gustavo Manzur (keyboards, accordion, harmonica, guitar, etc).
Videos, between opening act's and Morrissey's sets:
Morrissey walked on stage at the end of the instrumental drone outro to his song "You Were Good In Your Time".
After the show, fans exited the venue to Frank Sinatra's "My Way".
Morrissey's most recent album of new material "Years Of Refusal" was still quite well represented. "Black Cloud", "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris", "I'm OK By Myself", "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell" and "When Last I Spoke To Carol" were setlist regulars. "Something Is Squeezing My Skull" was the encore of the first of these dates, but was never played subsequently.
2006's "Ringleader Of The Tormentors" was completely left aside on this tour, while 2004's "You Are The Quarry" was represented by near-regulars "First Of The Gang To Die" and "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores", part-timer "Irish Blood, English Heart", and the occasional "Let Me Kiss You". Morrissey's earlier solo years were only represented by regulars "The Loop" and "Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself?".
The Smiths back catalogue was still very well represented. "How Soon Is Now?", "Cemetry Gates", "Death At One's Elbow", "Is It Really So Strange?", "Ask" and standard set opener "This Charming Man" were done every night.
Here is the number of times each song was performed on this leg, in descending order of frequency. This is based on 8 concerts.
Ask - 8
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In the first verse of "Ask", Morrissey now stuck to the original "from doing all the things in life that you like to" most of the time, but now and then he would sing "from doing all the things in life that you want to". In the second verse he sang "from being all the things in life that you want to". He rarely replaced the second occurrence of "nature is a language can't you read" with "nature is a language, can anybody read". The change to "if it's not love, then it's military might, it's macho military might that will bring us together" was standard. Morrissey didn't follow this with variations on "in the meantime, ask me, ask me, ask me" or "meanwhile, ask me, ask me, ask me" anymore.
In "Is it Really So Strange" Morrissey started this leg by changing "I found a tiny house" to "I found a modest house", as he had done earlier in the tour, but after a few dates this became "I found a Camden house". He never changed "Oh yes you can kick me, and you can punch me, and you can break my face", but in the following verse he sang "Oh yes you can chin me, and you can butt me" most of the time. The recent change to "I was gagged in Newport Pagnell" was now standard.
"This Charming Man" was more transformed musically than lyrically, as it was given a pub-rocky sound and stripped of its jangle line. The only lyric change in the latter number was the one to "
The crowd favourite "The Loop" remained faithful to its studio form. Morrissey only changed "when you're bored" to "if you're bored", as he always does. The only line still altered in "Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself" was the one which was alternately changed to "some men here, they have a special interest in your silly career", "…funny career" or even "…fatty career". The only semi-regular change in "First Of The Gang To Die" was the on-and-off one to "the first lost lad to go - where else? - under the sod". There were no surprises in "Let Me Kiss You".
Most of the time in "Irish Blood, English Heart" Morrissey would sing "never racist or partial" and "denounce these horrible royals that still salute him". He rarely shouted undecipherable stuff at the end of the song anymore. In "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores", the changes to "they who wish to crush you" and "say a quick prayer 'cause he's still there" were the only regular ones. In "Teenage Dad On His Estate" Morrissey sometimes sang "You defer to the views of the television news, why?" and usually stuck to "you find everything there except the news". He never made any of the previously heard minor changes in "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice".
In "Ganglord" Morrissey now mostly stuck to "there's a clock on the wall making fun of us all". At the end of that song he usually sang "get your fat ass back to the ghetto" as he had done before, and followed this with "get your scrawny ass back to the ghetto" and "get your miserable ass back to the ghetto". He barely made changes in "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" anymore. On a few occasions he emphasized the song's final line by adding a spoken "very plain" at the end. In "Something Is Squeezing My Skull" he changed the line "when you peel it back and bite me" to "somebody peel it back and bite me". He extended a line to "there are no true friends in modern life". In "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell" he occasionally sang "I have been thinking, really?" and regularly did "look at me I'm a savage beast". He often ended the song with the new change "so grab me while… just grab me!"
There were no significant or regular changes made in "I'm OK By Myself" or "If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look At Me". "Black Cloud" was quite faithful to its original arrangement. In the latter number Morrissey usually sang "I can sink even lower than usual". In "When Last I Spoke To Carol" he usually sang "I can't pretend life gets easier", "along life's narrow ledge" and most of the time he would also sing "across this ugly face of mine" and "one thing I still know". He extended a line in "Because Of My Poor Education" to "I've lived my whole life without affection" and sang the alternate "kind people they look at me and say". He changed that song's final line to "reality, it's never been real to me".