Facts about “You Have Killed Me” by Morrissey

You Have Killed Me is a song by Morrissey from his eight studio album titled Ringleader of the Tormentors. Many fans of Morrissey strongly believe that the song has a main theme that talks about the issue of losing one’s chastity for the first time and subsequently ending up being heartbroken by the one with whom they lost their chastity, hence the title “You Have Killed Me”.

You Have Killed Me

Below are some of the interesting facts about this famous song from Morrissey:

  • The song was written by Morrissey and American guitarist and songwriter Jesse Tobias. Morrissey wrote the lyrics while Tobias wrote the music.
  • You Have Killed Me was the first single to be released from Morrissey’s 2006 album Ringleader of the Tormentors.
  • The song was produced by American music producer Tony Visconti best known for his work with rock icon David Bowie.
  • The song has lyrics that mention the famous 1961 Italian drama film Accattone and its director, the controversial Italian poet, writer and film director Pier Paolo Pasolini, who was brutally murdered in 1975.
  • Since the film Accattone was Pasolini’s first film, many suspect the song is talking about a person losing their chastity for the first time in their life.
  • In addition to Pasolini, Morrissey also mentions other prominent figures in the song’s lyrics such as the Academy Award winning Italian actress Anna Magnani and the Italian theatre and cinema director Luchino Visconti, who is famed for such films as 1960’s Rocco and His Brothers and 1971’s Death in Venice.
  • You Have Killed Me performed well on charts across Europe. For example, in the UK Singles Chart, the song peaked at number 3, making it one of Morrissey’s most successful songs of his career.


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