"America Is Not The World"|
These words are transcribed without permission the way they appear in the Deluxe Edition of "You Are The Quarry" (the lyrics in the regular edition are incorrect). Additions to the printed lyrics are in darker text while omissions are striken out.
America / your head's too big / because1 When he did this song in America on the You Are The Quarry tour Morrissey stuck to this line, but when he did it again in Dublin Ireland he changed it to "I once loved you but you wouldn't stay where you is".
3 When he did this song in America on the You Are The Quarry tour Morrissey stuck to this line, but when he did it again in Dublin Ireland he changed it to "I once loved you".
Note: it is believed the sample heard at the very end of the song is "We are all innocent".
Morrissey, in an interview published in Sonic in 2004, was questioned about the lyrics of this song: "Yeah, no nuances, no ambiguity at all. I didn't care much for being subtle this time. There's just not time for that. And America really isn't the world. If you are opposed to that you will appear as an idiot."
In a Q&A published on the True-To-You website the following year, he was asked about his mention of Estonia: "I imagined the sexy and sharp people of Estonia - which is not considered to be a world leader in anything, as far as I know - looking at the Burger King fast-food hell of the modern American food industry, and actually feeling sorry for Americans. America is frightening when it comes to food. Top priority advertising is given to anything at all that basically endangers people - from flesh 'food' to heavy sugar to heavy salt. Gelatin is thrown into everything in America - and for what? Whereas, any foodstuffs that would help people - organic or vegetarian - are deliberately hard to find. The American Meat Industry constantly fights against food safety laws, and the Bush Administration routinely repeals food safety legislation. Half a million Americans have been contaminated by E. Coli, hundreds of children have died because contaminated meat is given to schools, and the country leads the way in obesity, kidney failure, and disabilities caused by bad diet. However, turn on American television any moment of the day, and you are sandblasted with commercials for ground beef and Yum-Yums. It's astonishing that the entire population of America hasn't been killed off by its own food industry - the food industry is certainly trying, and it is more of a threat to the American people than so-called 'terrorism' is."