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Lifeguard Sleeping, Girl Drowning
|Name||Lifeguard Sleeping, Girl Drowning|
|Album/single||Vauxhall And I|
The song features a sample of the line "what's your name?" by actress Kay Walsh from the 1942 film "In Which We Serve."
‘Inspired by real facts’, or so Morrissey teased, this sinister if blackly comic vignette was strongly reminiscent of Stevie Smith’s famous 1957 poem ‘Not Waving, But Drowning’. Whereas in Smith’s tale a man drowns out at sea watched by oblivious bystanders who mistake his flailing arms for playful ‘larking’, in Morrissey’s version an exhausted lifeguard calmly and maliciously allows a girl in similar peril to drown so he can sleep in peace.
Always looking for attention Always needs to be mentioned Who does she think she should be?
The shrill cry through darkening air Doesn't she know he's Had such a busy day?
Tell her...shh Somebody tell her...shh
No way, no way There's no movement, no Hooray
It was only a test But she swam too far against the tide She deserves all she gets
The sky became mad with stars As an out-stretched arm slowly disappears
Hooray Oh, hooray No, there's no movement, no Hooray, hooray
Please don't worry there'll be no fuss She was...nobody's nothing
When he awoke the sea was calm And another day passes like a dream
There's no, no way
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