I Want the One I Can't Have
The Smiths Lyrics


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On the day that your mentality
Decides to try to catch up with your biology

Come round ...
'Cause I want the one I can't have
And it's driving me mad
It's all over, all over, all over my face
On the day that your mentality
Catches up with your biology

I want the one I can't have
And it's driving me mad
It's all over, all over, all over my face

A double bed
And a stalwart lover for sure
These are the riches of the poor

A double bed
And a stalwart lover for sure
These are the riches of the poor

And I want the one I can't have
And it's driving me mad
It's all over, all over my face

A tough kid who sometimes swallows nails
Raised on Prisoner's Aid
He killed a policeman when he was
Thirteen
And somehow that really impressed
Me
And it's written all over my face

Oh, these are the riches of the poor
These are the riches of the poor

I want the one I can't have
And it's driving me mad
It's written all over my face

On the day that your mentality
Catches up with your biology

And if you ever need self-validation
Just meet me in the alley by the
Railway station




It's all over my face
Oh...

Overall Meaning

The song "I Can Have Both" by The Smiths is about the struggle between the mind and the body. The singer is torn between what he wants and what he believes he should want. He is frustrated that his mental desires don't align with his physical needs. The lyrics suggest that the singer wants a passionate and intense love affair, but his rational self says he should settle down with a steady partner. The line "On the day that your mentality catches up with your biology" implies that the two will eventually align, but until then the singer is stuck in a state of longing.


The chorus reveals the real conflict of the song - the singer wants something he can't have. The repetition of "It's driving me mad, it's all over my face" highlights the intensity of his desires. The second verse introduces a new character - a tough kid who kills a policeman at the age of thirteen. The singer is impressed by the kid's bravery and rebellion, and perhaps sees himself in that life of danger and excitement. The final verse brings the song back to the central theme of the mind-body struggle. The singer offers himself as a source of validation for anyone feeling the same conflict.


Overall, "I Can Have Both" is a deeply introspective song that explores the internal struggle between desire and rationality.


Line by Line Meaning

On the day that your mentality Decides to try to catch up with your biology
When your mind decides to match your physical desires


Come round... 'Cause I want the one I can't have And it's driving me mad It's all over, all over, all over my face
Visit me because I desire the one that's unattainable, and it's consuming me


A double bed And a stalwart lover for sure These are the riches of the poor
A loving partner and a comfortable bed are all a poor person needs to be wealthy


And I want the one I can't have And it's driving me mad It's all over, all over my face
The desire for the unattainable consumes me fully


A tough kid who sometimes swallows nails Raised on Prisoner's Aid He killed a policeman when he was Thirteen And somehow that really impressed Me And it's written all over my face
A dangerous youth who I find intriguing and his actions are apparent on my face


Oh, these are the riches of the poor These are the riches of the poor
Love and comfort are invaluable to those who lack material wealth


And if you ever need self-validation Just meet me in the alley by the Railway station It's all over my face Oh...
If you ever need a confidence boost, meet me in the alley; my insecurity is evident on my face


On the day that your mentality Catches up with your biology
When your mind aligns with your physical desires


I want the one I can't have And it's driving me mad It's written all over my face
The unattainable is consuming me and my expression shows it




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, O/B/O DistroKid, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: STEVEN MORRISSEY, JOHNNY MARR

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@danielaclaro5368

On the day that your mentality
Decides to try to catch up with your biology
Come round ...
'Cause I want the one I can't have
And it's driving me mad
It's all over, all over, all over my face
On the day that your mentality
Catches up with your biology
I want the one I can't have
And it's driving me mad
It's all over, all over, all over my face
A double bed
And a stalwart lover for sure
These are the riches of the poor
A double bed
And a stalwart lover for sure
These are the riches of the poor
And I want the one I can't have
And it's driving me mad
It's all over, all over my face
A tough kid who sometimes swallows nails
Raised on Prisoner's Aid
He killed a policeman when he was
Thirteen
And somehow that really impressed
Me
And it's written all over my face
Oh, these are the riches of the poor
These are the riches of the poor
I want the one I can't have
And it's driving me mad
It's written all over my face
On the day that your mentality
Catches up with your biology
And if you ever need self-validation
Just meet me in the alley by the
Railway station
It's all over my face
Oh...



All comments from YouTube:

@MrJibsIV

I love how there's a Smith's song I can relate to for every possible way that a loving relationship will never work out for me.

@kajijko2645

Same here. This song makes me love sick for the one I can't have

@donpeace894

Ditto

@jizanthapus3099

he really covers all the bases huh

@YasminePomerantz

@@kajijko2645 be happy you have someone

@TheMrTJWhite

Come on man,.have some faith in yourself

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@kevinhall2829

Seriously how can a band be this good.

@donpeace894

It's not possible

@caymancurrell1597

There are few band who's entire catalogues are celebrated. The Smiths are one of the few.

@VaporwaveMusic1998

ik right!

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