The Headmaster Ritual Lyrics

The Smiths


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Steven Patrick Morrissey, Johnny Marr
album: Track 1 in album Meat Is Murder
release date: 1985-2-11
popularity : 4 users have visited this page.
length: 4:52
composer: Johnny Marr
lyricist: Morrissey

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Belligerent ghouls
Run Manchester schools

Spineless swines
Cemented minds

Sir leads the troops
Jealous of youth
Same old suit since 1962

He does the military two-step
Down the nape of my neck

I want to go home
I don't want to stay
Give up education
As a bad mistake

Mid-week on the playing fields
Sir thwacks you on the knees

Knees you in the groin
Elbow in the face
Bruises bigger than dinner plates

I want to go home
I don't want to stay

Da-da-da ...

Belligerent ghouls
Run Manchester schools

Spineless bastards all ...

Sir leads the troops
Jealous of youth
Same old jokes since 1902

He does the military two-step
Down the nape of my neck

I want to go home
I don't want to stay
Give up life
As a bad mistake

Please excuse me from gym
I've got this terrible cold coming on
He grabs and devours
He kicks me in the showers
Kicks me in the showers
And he grabs and devours

I want to go home
I don't want to stay...

Da-da-da ...

Track Listing

  • 1 The Headmaster Ritual
  • 2 Rusholme Ruffians
  • 3 I Want the One I Can’t Have
  • 4 What She Said
  • 5 That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore
  • 6 Nowhere Fast
  • 7 Well I Wonder
  • 8 Barbarism Begins at Home
  • 9 Meat Is Murder