"Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now"|
These words are transcribed without permission the way they appear in the "Hatful Of Hollow" album. Additions to the printed lyrics are in darker text while omissions are striken out.
I was happy in the haze of a drunken hourNote: In early live performances of this song, the "...Caligula" verse was not sung, instead Morrissey repeated the "two lovers entwined..." verse. When he started doing that verse, he sang "What she said to me at the end of the day" instead of "What she asked of me...". Morrissey also sang "Why do I bother to smile" instead of "why do I smile".
"On the very brief spasms of employment that I had in the past it always seemed to me there were moments of the day when I would realise that I was here working with these people that I despised. And I had to talk to these horrible people and ask them what they did yesterday. And I would have to report to a boss that I couldn't stand. And when you're in that position, which was the absolute basis of 'Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now', you realise that you're actually spending your entire life living with people that you do not like and doing something that you do not like - which is incredibly distressing. So that was the basis of that song. I mean, 'kick in the eye' - yes, literally, sometimes. I mean let's be perfectly honest: sometimes we do get so angry with people that we're not adverse to violence. Which of course is a terrible thing to say, but truth nonetheless."
"When I wrote an ineffectual line such as 'I was looking for a job/ And then I found a job/And Heaven knows I'm miserable now', that outraged people (which pleased me)."