That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore (4:57)

Cover of Meat Is Murder

From Meat Is Murder and 42 other releases

“That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore” is a song by British rock band The Smiths. It first appeared on their album Meat Is Murder, and was released as their eighth single. It was composed by guitarist Johnny Marr and singer/songwriter Morrissey.

A unique single, it was the second-lowest charting Smiths single, reaching only #49. The repetition and sad tone conveyed are unusual for a Smiths single. This has raised suspicions that the song is about a journalist with whom Morrissey had a relationship. According to Dave Simpson in his Uncut article (August 1998), the unnamed journalist steadfastly refuses to discuss Morrissey to this day.

The song is about a car ride where the narrator’s partner makes a mocking statement about those who are suicidal and lonely (“when you laugh about people who feel so very lonely / their only desire is to die”). In an extended monologue, Morrissey responds to the joke. He plays with figurative and literal meanings – notably in the line “I drove the point home” – which refers both to the literal “return home” in the car and the insistence with which he makes his point in response to the joke.

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  • ka4in

    Awesomeness for my ears

    11 Dec 3:54pm Reply
  • WS9167

    @NB2013 You are joking, right? 'Cause that joke isn't funny anymore [2]

    11 Dec 3:05pm Reply
  • engelnit

    The guitar is just magical. [2]

    6 Dec 8:11pm Reply
  • queosol

    @ketamine , what song isn't ?

    10 Nov 7:35am Reply
  • NittaShun2

    In love with this song right now. Johnny is a genius I'm loving the guitar even though there is nothing too complicated just chords !

    22 Aug 11:05am Reply
  • mprioste

    Park the car at the side of the road, you should know...

    6 Aug 5:28pm Reply
  • stateofgrace9

    I've seen this happen in other people's lives and now it's happening in mine [3]

    5 Aug 5:25pm Reply
  • neonghostpants

    *o*

    31 Jul 3:15am Reply
  • kerouu

    It's too close to home and it's too near the bone

    4 Jun 1:28am Reply
  • sixty-forty

    @NB2013 You are joking, right? 'Cause that joke isn't funny anymore

    23 Apr 3:01am Reply
  • NB2013

    Last of the great, original bands - before the dark years, the bad times...the dreaded 2000's, where music has sucked now for 2 decades :(

    22 Mar 10:20am Reply
  • yyab

    Johnny Marr <3

    27 Feb 2:44pm Reply
  • nick_honest

    "It was dark as I drove the point home And on cold leather seats Well, it suddenly struck me I just might die with a smile on my Face after all "... excellent song

    1 Feb 10:29pm Reply
  • notaplatypus

    The guitar is just magical.

    30 Jan 8:23pm Reply
  • ketamineface

    to me this song is about heroin addiction.

    26 Jan 12:38pm Reply
  • cristinaway

    And now it's happening in mine

    1 Sep 2013 Reply
  • sleepyheadtM

    best smiths song ever

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
  • firestronic

    ¡¡¡No es una BROMA¡¡

    13 Jul 2013 Reply
  • axplyr8

    Wow

    12 Jul 2013 Reply
  • freakin_jorjo

    I've seen this happen in other people's lives and now it's happening in mine

    30 Apr 2013 Reply
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