These words are transcribed without permission the way they appear in the Smiths' debut album. Additions to the printed lyrics are in darker text while omissions are striken out.
So, goodbyeNote: lines followed by * are reversed in the Peel session of this song as well as in many live performances.
1 In an early rehearsal of the song which has leaked on the internet, Morrissey sings "Because I need hardly say".
2 For a short period on the UK leg of the Meat Is Murder tour in March 1985, Morrissey echoed the endings of these three lines, singing "how much I love your casual way, casual way", "you have corrupt my innocent mind, innocent mind" and "what do we get for our trouble and pain, trouble and pain?".
3 On the Scottish leg of the "Meat Is Murder" tour, Morrissey changed this line to "Oh but put your mother's dress away".
4 Live in Oxford 1985, and some other occasions on the Meat Is Murder tour: "and life is just a miserable lie".
5 On stage, Morrissey has at least once changed this line to "I'd like to be your underwear".
6 Peel session version and early rehearsal: "I'd like to see your underwear". On stage Morrissey has been known to sing "I'd really like to see your underwear".
7 Live early and on the last ever concert: "I'd run a hundred miles away from you".
Note: Morrissey shouts "what did I do to deserve this?" in a falsetto voice in the second half of a very early demo of the song,
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