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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Day 826 - Jean(e) Genet

It wasn't until 2005 that David Bowie confirmed that his 1972 single, Jean Genie was a "clumsy pun" on the name Jean Genet, but I have NO doubt that Morrissey had worked it out way before 2005. I spent some time yesterday reading about Genet, who it transpires spent periods of his life as a vagabond, petty thief and prostitute. You could say, Genet led the 'low-life', 'walking the(se) streets'.


In his mid thirties, Genet sought out and befriended Jean Cocteau, another French writer, who although didn't live such an apparent 'low-life', was a prominent drug user. Cocteau had a twenty five year relationship with another Jean, Jean Marais, the cover star of The Smiths single This Charming Man/Jeane. 

The reason I am writing this, is because last night, as I slept in my bed, it suddenly struck me that Jean Genet was the subject matter of the Smiths song Jeane, although in theory, it could also be about Cocteau or Marais, but the line "the low-life has lost it's appeal" made me more inclined to think of Genet. I presume an 'e' was tagged onto Jean to make it look as though the subject was a female.

 This morning, I rushed to find my copy of Mozipedia to find out if I was right about Genet being the influence for Jeane, but I discovered that Simon Goddard (the author) had made NO entry whatsoever for Genet, and according to Mozipedia, the song Jeane is about either Linder Sterling or "an obvious by-product of Morrissey's fascination with Shelagh Delaney." Really? I'd be interested in the thoughts of others.


Yet another MorrisseysWorld article has appeared, this time entitled, 'Announcing the 2014 Tour', although no such tour is actually announced in the article, but I'm sure it means well! The main crux of the new article, is to mention a True-To-You posting from December 3rd, that for some reason has gone pretty unnoticed. Here is the TTY article:

Graffiti/sketch on the wall at the United concourse at Los Angeles Airport (LAX)

3 December 2013
Morrissey Night
Graffiti/sketch on the wall at the United concourse at Los Angeles Airport (LAX).

The reason that I didn't report on this TTY article when it was posted, is because it appeared on the day that I published the 'Missing Gems from Autobiography' piece. Solow did report the TTY posting, but pretty much brushed over it's relevance, and there were certainly no references by the Solowers to any Blue Roses. My thanks to Fifi, who yesterday posted a video link about the artist, Shizu Saldamando:

Also in the latest MW piece are a number of Twin Peaks references, which includes a little bit of Log Lady, who happens to mention the Isle of Wight. Could I be right in what I wrote yesterday? The MW article also states: "When Blue Rose is finally revealed, you will not believe your eyes. It might even change your life." This collage has also been added as the header to the MW site:

The place once known as MorrisseysWorld

All this MW activity, and yet our numbers do not grow. In fact, I can't remember the last time somebody new stumbled across this whole phenomenal story and was inquisitive enough to ask questions. Perhaps it isn't an easy thing to stumble across, perhaps the story has moved on too far for it to make sense. Do the Deluded Dozen actually want all of Morrissey's fans to discover MW, or would they rather keep it/him to themselves?

Anchors aweigh.


  1. I think that the song Jeane was named after Morrissey's aunt.
    But was actually about Linder Sterling and reflects the
    time that she and Moz lived together, when they were poor.

    1. I think you're quite right Lizzy, probably he choosed the name for a reference to his aunt, but the song was about his young life, anyway complitely related to the first part of the book, very personal and deep, but don't tell it aroung or he could edit...I always dream beeing a director of the Genet's comedy"Le serve" or "The servants" and I imagine both the servants as two transgenders...oh I'm so silly! Have a nice evening you all!

  2. "I remember asking Johnny once who ['Jeane'] was about. He replied, 'Morrissey's mum probably!'"

    - Sandie Shaw

    Ah the Jean Cocteau / Marais / Genet triangle! You are getting warmer my dear friend.
    I appreciate you thanking me for the video. I hope you liked it.
    Shizu met the man and is indeed a big fan. That is not the only Morrissey-inspired art on her portfolio actually.
    If you wish to see more, I can show.

    "The big ship sails on the last day of September... la la la la la"
    Fifi xx

    1. Thanks Fifi, I enjoyed the video very much. It looks like Shizu is quite fond of blue roses and apparently has a blue rose tattoo. I'd love to see anything else about her that you'd care to share.

    2. Fifi, Did you post the Sandie Shaw quote to further emphasize what was disclosed in Autobiography, that Sandie Shaw is, well... clueless?

      I am glad to hear that I am warm with my 'Triangle of Jean'. It all seems to fit, can you elaborate more?

      When did Shizu meet Moz? I have seen the Moz drawing on the hanky, and I have just read that Shizu designed the cover for an album by Girl in a Coma.

      Oh, that big ship. Wasn't that song sung in a Taste of Honey? (Quick google... yes, it was.)

    3. Dear Heathercat and Mr Blog Master, I just don't know how to post photos (not links, actual photos on here), computers are not my thing. I am as clueless about them as Sandy is about the Jeane song! Actually, in that case, Johnny was clueless about it. Or maybe he just knows how to keep secrets.

      I can elaborate more about the famous triangle and I will try and do that soon but right now I must go, I must attend a very boring dinner. Hopefully the wine will be good!

      Shizu met Him quite a few years ago. In 1998 to be more precise. I have a photo of them both in my archive somewhere.

      And yes, the big ship song is on "A taste of honey". Go to and watch from 4:05


    4. No problem about the photos - I found a few on my own - but please do elaborate further on the triangle when you have a chance. Hope your dinner wasn't too boring and the wine was good.

    5. Wine was good, thank you Heathercat

      Day 825 A few words about Jean Genet and the "Théâtre de l'Absurde"
      Day 826 Astraea shares truly interesting facts about Jean Cocteau
      I predict Jean Marais will be visiting on day 827...
      And the triangle will be complete. Unless it is not triangle, but a full circle involving far more than the 3 Jean.

      So much beauty and poetry in just one place. This blog is more than what it appears to be.

      Don't forget. Life imitates Art.

      "Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life"

      Fifi xx

  3. Interesting theory about 'Jeane' Rats - I believe the general assumption is that it's named after Morrissey's aunt, as Lizzy said. To answer your question about wanting more fans to discover MW, I've always preferred the intimacy of our small deluded group, which makes the experience much more special, in my opinion.

    1. I meant to add that, despite enjoying the small numbers, I do wish that more people would discover and appreciate MW, as it certainly deserves a much wider audience.

  4. "Shizu is probably the most well adjusted Morrissey fan I have ever known" -

  5. "This dialogue between middle-class Latino kids and working-class Britpoppers is at the heart of "The Holy Quatro," four ballpoint-pen-on-handkerchief portraits of rockers Morrissey, Siouxsie Sioux, Robert Smith and Dave Gahan. "Handkerchiefs are the traditional medium for many prisoners, since they don't have access to drawing paper," Saldamando says. "The handkerchiefs make the work more delicate, sort of precious. And the quality you get is really nice, because it's so soft and easy to blend." -

  6. I predict, (only my prediction) a tour after spring and any of the deluded dozen out and about in Altricham this weekend, pssssttt!!!! take your camera..

  7. I heard tour....

  8. Jean Cocteau is as warm as you have ever been.

  9. I love this mural. This stunning piece sits in the very heart of London. Yet no one even knows it's there. Thousands of people walk right past it, every single day. A few who knew it was there, have forgotten in the decades since it was first created. And so many others, seem to never have been aware of its existence at all. So this beautiful piece, created with Cocteau's lightest touch, remains hidden to most despite the fact that it is out in the open, and in the beating heart of the city centre. In Soho.

    When you walk into the church, you walk into an oasis of silence, serenity, and light. The panels represent the Annunciation, the Crucifixion, and the Assumption.

    It is said that as he worked, Cocteau would speak to his characters as he created them. But the mural is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and others recollect that as he came in to work each day, he spoke only to her.

    They say Cocteau would arrive every morning, light a candle, and whisper to the Virgin Mary, “O you, most beautiful of women, loveliest of God’s creatures, you were the best loved. So I want you to be my best piece of work too … I am drawing you with light strokes ... You are the yet unfinished work of Grace”.

    The mural is referenced in a couple of different books about hidden locations for solitude and reflection. And it is said that Cocteau even commented himself that time seemed to stand still around him here.

    Leaving the church once the mural was completed, he was sad and said 'I am sorry to go, it is as if the wall of the chapel had drawn me into another world.’

    Cocteau was a deeply complicated man. A complex artist. A tortured soul. Impeded only by what came from within, he was full of life, and life was full. But this life was conflicted, - as he also was - at different stages and during different periods. There was the contradiction and clash of his open bisexuality, juxtaposed against his deep-rooted Catholicism, there was his innate genius, there was his absolutely crippling drug addiction throughout, and then there was the fire from within to create ever more... to express more, to be more…

    Themes of deeply conflicting wants and desires, a man's inner suffering, repeating life-long struggles,.. these things all eventually find their way back into any artist's oeuvre, and can often remain a common and pervading thread throughout an individual’s entire artistic canon.

    It widely held that Cocteau hid Masonic symbols or messages in his murals. Of note to you all on this blog, is perhaps the fact that Christ is not shown at all in this piece – only his legs and feet are shown, as they weep blood on to a delicate blue rose.

    Equally interesting, is the fact that this Church’s very own mission has always been to remain absolutely as anonymous and as unknown as possible.

    Of Cocteau’s work on the whole, the most important themes we see repeated are reflection, duality, the desire and need to profoundly understand and know one’s self, and - ANIMALISM.

    In France, in the church where Cocteau is buried near his hometown, he also painted the murals on the walls. Indeed he did so in anticipation of his own death, and for his subsequent burial there. So I leave you with the words he chose for his own epitaph, inscribed across a marble slab on the floor of the chapel where he now lies forevermore,

    Je reste avec vous


    1. Wow! This is all so amazing and quite moving. Thanks for sharing, Astraea!

    2. You have expressed this with such tenderness & affection Astraea.
      Thank you.

  10. At his vegetarian curry house of choice, Our Mozzer was heard to state between mouthfuls of cauliflower and aubergine tandoori:

    "The s**ding thing has more comments than mine. And worse - the intellectual crowd seeming to be spending their time over at the other place these days; the breakup of the Smiths, 9/11, the Iraq war, Alain and Gary showing up late with no apology to a video shoot, finding out Jobriath was already dead when booking Meltdown 2004, the seven years in the wilderness, Weeksy's verdict, Camden Roundhouse-gate, being voted Boy George's favourite tweeter, the death of Larry Grayson: I won't lie - this is right up there, old son. Truly crippling. It's like I hardly even exist. Waiter!... Waiter...! More mango chutney please!"

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  12. 'Originality consists in trying to be like everybody else. And failing', said Cocteau in his acceptance speech to the Académie Française (October 1955), quoting Raymond Radiguet.

    I really think you know
    I think you know the truth Jeane

    We tried and we failed.


  13. To me, the song Jeane is about... a relationship not working out with a male or female. However, since Jean's bside is Reel Around the fountain, I am left to intrept the song not working out between him and a female. I say this because he also has the lyrics "So how can you call this a home When you know its a grave" further illustrates the song is about a female because he wrote the song "Pretty girls make graves" which has the "hand in glove" connection, which you said fifi said there is a connection between "hand in glove" and "I know it's going to happen someday." I also know Morrissey has written about females as graves in his autography "honeypots sprawled like open graves, their owners doing nothing at all other than letting you. The call of duty is all yours–to turn on and get off; to hit the spot and know the ropes; to please and be pleased; as the owners of such Bermuda Triangles do... nothing."

    BUT NOT ONLY THAT, before the release of the 2nd single cover art for "this charming man" ... There was REEL AROUND THE FOUNTAIN single cover art... which had the picture of jean Marais as "this charming man" ..but for whatever reason it was scraped, and "this charming man" was the second single, with "hand in glove" being the first single. Hand in glove's bside is handsome devil. the hand in glove single cover art reminds me of Jean Cocteau's erotica drawings. This charming man's bside ended up as JEANE. maybe the bside is entitled to lead people to jean cocteau and jean marais? but i noticed on single albums, it also includes the songs, wonderful woman and accept yourself. KNOWING.. wonderful woman was intended to be ./// what do you see in him? MIND YOU, the song was changed, so that the band didn't have a gay imagine. I have found that the lyrics on lies about the lyrics.. I believe the song is about morrissey being jealous wondering what this man sees in this woman. Therefore, being said, this charming man WOULD HAVE HAD that version. I think accept yourself, is added, to say, accept me for who I am (homosexual).

    Also when I listen to the song Jeane, I hear morrissey singing in the background, more so when, he sings, "I think you know.." in other terms, a charming man has grabbed his attention. COULD THE MAN HIMSELF be Jeane Cocteau is an interesting question, because I find a lot of similarity between the two.

    It also reminds me of "this charming man" because of the Jean Cocteau and Jean Marais relationship. In many ways, I think Jean Cocteau is the charming man because he is the older man in the song, and Jean Marais was the younger man.

    but when I look at the songs of hand in glove with sandie shaw... they are, hand in glove, i don't owe you anything, and jean. I don't owe you anything.... always reminds me of suedehead. BECAUSE ... in other words, in i don't owe you anything, morrissey wants to get laid. IT follows after the order of songs of the smiths first album, it goes, this charming man, still ill, hand in glove, what difference does it make, and THEN i don't owe you anything. I read somewhere morrissey talked about how this charming man is about homosexuality. THEREFORE, if this charming man has the bside jean.. then it reflects the relationship between jean cocteau and jean marais, and how Jean Cocteau was the older man and Jean Marais was the younger man. And since REEL AROUND THE FOUNTAIN.. bside was "Jeane" then this applies as well. I also believe Jean Marais was the handsome devil. Therefore, this charming man and handsome devil reeled around the fountain. I think the song "Jeane" is to tell females, his love is for this charming man, in other words, men. In has the lyrics "ice on the sink where we bathe" which wonderful wonder has the lyrics "ice water for blood"

  14. I believe what difference does it makes, relies to...... lying. WhiCH IN THAT SONG... he also says "The devil will find work for idle hands to do" ... .which relates to, handsome devil. hand in glove, handsome devil, and what difference does it make have a connection. And since it follows after, I don't owe you anything, Morrissey's ready for it to happen. to make it reality.
    IF you follow the story lines and the artwork, the message is LOUD AND CLEAR........ NOT ONLY THAT>.... surprise, suprise, it was the third single. with the bsides, back to the old house and these things take time. ... WHICH AGAIN.. relates to male homosexuality because of the railroad tracks. & follows AFTER.... i don't owe you anything. NOT ONLY THAT, these things take time relate to "I want the one I can't have" .................................... which again, disccues the rail road tracks.
    Morrissey is standing on rail road tracks in "vauxhall and I" album artwork. WHICH AGAIN.. i belive relates to the story Brazil that morrissey wrote.

    I truly belive morrissey wants to BE THIS CHARMING MAN that helps the male listener (fan).

    It relates because... you have the song "unloveable" and then you have the song "nobody loves us"
    Morissey is very intersted in helping a man in his, well, to be an adult. .. he wants to kill this person in some sense.
    I belive morrissey is interested in gay and straight men. BUT MORE SO straight men. as in the brazil story, the male has his earring on a side of ear that means straight.

  15. TO SUM IT UP, Jeane is about how there can be no heavenly choirs for Morrissey and the female listener.

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  17. I would also like to add how "Interlude" was recorded during the Vauxhall and I.
    which relates to Jean, because the lyrics say, "It's just a fairytale"

    AND... these things take time, he's saying farewell to the female. That she will leave him because he's ill. WHERE IN.. what difference does it make.. becomes reality. Back to the old house is the bside for females, mainly, because ... I'd love to tell you why, but I've already given enough for you to digest.

  18. I HAVE TO THEN ADDD THIS, What difference does it make? BECOMES... I know it's going to happen someday.

    Because the truth in What difference does it make? is his homosexuality. In other words, he lied to the girl because she asked him too. However, she hasn't completely left him like she thought she would in "these things take time"

    the next single "Heaven knows I'm miserable now" relates to "Back to the old house"... and he leaves her house.

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  20. I have to stop myself, I could keep going on, but I want to read the rest of the blogs you have... BUT MORRISSEY IS A FUCKING GENIUS!


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