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According to the Frankly, Mr Shankly Songfacts, it is reputed that the song addresses Geoff Travis, the head of the Smiths' record label Rough Trade. Travis acknowledged in an interview with Mojo April 2011 that a line in the song about "bloody awful poetry" was a reference to a poem he had written for Morrissey.

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Frankly, Mr. Shankly, this position I've held
It pays my way, and it corrodes my soul
I want to leave, you will not miss me
I want to go down in musical history

The Smiths - Frankly, Mr. Shankly Lyrics

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  • I just love this song so much... I don't know why, it has some kind of melancholic feeling and it's uplifting too.
  • I want to live and I want to love
  • But sometimes I'd feel more fulfilled making Christmas cards with the mentally ill [2]
  • haha I love this song so funny the lyrics haha ;) <3
  • Oh, I didn't realise that you wrote poetry. I didn't realise you wrote such bloody awful poetry, Mr. Shankly. hahah
  • But sometimes I'd feel more fulfilled making Christmas cards with the mentally ill
  • Just love this one!
  • love ...
  • The trumpet version on the Unreleased Demos & Instrumentals bootleg is very beatlesque.
  • making christmas cards with the mentally ill sound pretty fulfilling to me

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