This song was actually originally named "Billy bird" and was about Morrissey's unfortunate experience at a job interview, when he
was carrying his budgie in a cage with him. I know that all sounds unlikely, but I have it on good authority, and without a word of a lie, etc etc.......I tell ye!!!
I have read from somewhere that this song is about Johnny Marr. It fits: "Since I took up with you, things have been bad, yeah, but now it's 12 years on". It was in ´82, and this album was released in ´94. Makes this song quite special, I guess. I wonder what Johnny feels about the song if he has heard it :)