One of his best but most neglected solo singles.
It was the third to be taken from the much derided LP Maladjusted and the follow-up to the rather appalling Roy's Keen (as featured before in this series).
mp3 : Morrissey - Satan Rejected My Soul
mp3 : Morrissey - Now I Am A Was
mp3 : Morrissey - This Is Not Your Country
The single was in fact the closing track on the LP and surely is one of the greatest song titles ever envisaged with a catchy, sing-a-long tune to boot. It really was much much more deserving than the lowly #39 position in the chart. I really do think that if this had been the lead-off single prior to the release of Maladjusted, it would have been a Top Ten hit, and the subsequent reviews of the LP would have been kinder.
Now I Am A Was really felt as if it was a farewell song from the great man, with its lyric referring to him starting at the top and working his way down.....while This Is Not Your Country is one of the few overtly political songs in his cannon with its observations on life in Northern Ireland. In my humble opinion, one of the best things he has ever written in his whole career.....
It would be almost 7 years until Morrissey released his next single.
Trivia fact. The 7" version did not include This Is Not Your Country, but a limited number of sleeves were printed saying that it did. I saw the misprint on sale on-line the other day for £60.