I Have Forgiven Jesus


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"I Have Forgiven Jesus" is an alternative rock song that appears on Morrissey's 2004 album You Are the Quarry. It was co-written by Morrissey and his band member Alain Whyte, and produced by Jerry Finn. The track reflects the singer's upbringing in an Irish Catholic community and his status as a lapsed Catholic. The song is a ballad that tells the story of a child who becomes disillusioned with religion because of his inability to deal with his own desires. The title refers to the character's blame and subsequent forgiveness of Jesus Christ for creating him as a lovely creature that has no chance to express its love. Described as both confessional and humorous, the song has been interpreted as a blasphemous critique of organized religion and an ambivalent way for Morrissey to describe his own religiosity. The song was released in December 2004 as the fourth single from You Are the Quarry; its release was preceded in November 2004 by that of a music video in which Morrissey performs the role of a priest. This performance increased the controversy around the track, which received polarized reviews; some critics described it as a "woeful" release and others classified it among the best songs of both the album and of the singer's career. Despite not being playlisted by BBC Radio 1, one of the United Kingdom's most popular radio stations, the single reached number 10 on the UK Singles Chart and topped the UK Independent Singles Chart. It made the track his fourth top-ten hit of the year, a feat he had only achieved in the start of his solo career in 1988–1989. The song remained significative on Morrissey's career, being included on his 2004, 2006 and 2014 tours. 


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I was a good kid, 
I wouldn't do you no harm, 
I was a nice kid, 
With a nice paper round
Forgive me any pain, 
I may have brung to you, 
With God's help I know, 
I'll always be near to you
But Jesus hurt me, 
When he deserted me, but, I have forgiven you Jesus
For all the desire, 
You placed in me when there's nothing I can do with this desire

I was a good kid, 
Through hail and snow, 
I'd go just to moon you, 
I carried my heart in my hand
Do you understand, do you understand

But Jesus hurt me, 
When he deserted me, but, I have forgiven you Jesus
For all of the love, 
You placed in me when there's no one I can turn to with this love

Monday - humiliation, 
Tuesday - suffocation, 
Wednesday - condescension, 
Thursday - is pathetic
By Friday life has killed me, 
By Friday life has killed me, 
Oh pretty one, oh pretty one

Why did you give me so much desire, 
When there is nowhere I can go to offload this desire?
And why did you give me so much love in a loveless world, 
When there is no one I can turn to 
To unlock all this love?
And why did you stick in self deprecating bones and skin?, 
Jesus do you hate me?
Why did you stick in self deprecating bones and skin?
Do you hate me?, Do you hate me?, Do you hate me?, Do you hate me?, Do you hate me?

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Steven Patrick Morrissey (born 22 May 1959), known as Morrissey, is an English singer and lyricist. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lyricist and vocalist of the band The Smiths. The band was highly successful in the United Kingdom but broke up in 1987, and Morrissey began a solo career, making the top ten of the UK Singles Chart on ten occasions. His first solo album, 1988's Viva Hate entered the UK albums chart at number one. Widely regarded as an important innovator in indie music, Morrissey has been described by music magazine NME as "one of the most influential artists ever", and The Independent has stated "most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status he has reached in his lifetime".Pitchfork Media has called him "one of th… more »

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