We can go for a walk where it's quiet and dry
And talk about precious things
But when you're tied to your Mother's apron
No one talks about castration
We can go for a walk where it's quiet and dry
And talk about precious things
Like love and law and poverty
These are the things that kill me
We can go for a walk where it's quiet and dry
And talk about precious things
But the rain that flattens my hair
These are the things that kill me

The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead lyrics meaning

Meaning

This verse takes inspiration from the 1963 film Billy Liar, in which a character asks, “Shall we go for a walk where it’s quiet?

The film deals with an emotionally stunted clerk living in the North of England. He often alienates himself from his friends and family because of his immaturity. Again, this ties in with the song’s commentary on social division and the feeling that Britain has lost its sense of tradition.

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