Smiler with Knife

Album: World Peace Is None of Your Business (2014)


  • This mostly acoustic tune finds Morrissey singing of a deeply wounded, tortured guy begging some former lover to "press the blade against my skin." Producer Joe Chiccarelli recalled to "We used an acoustic piano that's been distorted, and there's also some backwards piano fills that have been treated through a guitar amp. So, some of the sounds that sound like guitar on that song is actually piano."
  • The title phrase originates from Chaucer's The Knights Tale:

    "The smiler with the knife under the cloak
    The stable burning with the black smoke
    The treason and murder in the bed."


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