It just doesn't do much for me. I guess the best thing I can say is that Morrissey's voice sounds good. But that's a bit of a given at this point in his career. Overall it just feels bland - there's nothing particularly witty or quotable in the lyrics. To me it seems like Morrissey is just putting a vocal down on top of some music... but I don't feel the inspiration. IDK, maybe there's something bigger here that I'm not getting...?
The lyrics are what saves this song. When you sit down and read them, they actually impress. The tune, however, is not much to write home about, nor the thick, heavy arrangement. And I don’t think highly of the children’s choir.
One of the least impressive songs on a fine album.
Morrissey does his best to inject some drama with both his lyrics and vocal performance, but the tune is just too dull and repetitive. It's another of those songs where Morrissey has to try to manufacture a melody because the musicians have given him very little to work with.
Thematically it's also not that the kind of song that I am so keen on.
In the poll on the Hoffman board it ranked 150th from 264 solo songs.
An OK song, one of many on Ringleader that is handicapped by the thin and dynamic-less production: disappointing considering Visconti's great catalogue of productions for Bowie, Bolan etc. Using the children's choir so close after "Youngest Was The Most Loved" also makes this fade into the background that much more. The tune is nothing to write home about: even Moz's vocal melody isn't very creative compared to usual. No, not one of my favourites.
Here's what Morrissey had to say about ROTT & this track in Autobiography:
"Alain's writing for ROTT had elegantly surpassed itself , with what would become Life is a pigsty, I will see you in far-off places and The father who must be killed defined for all time as the very best."
Regarding the latter, it is definitely an overstatement, as Alain has written better songs for this album as well as other albums. Lyrics are fine, nothing that irritates me but nothing quotable either. In sum, this track doesn't rise above the average album track (for me).
There is one masterpiece and 11 very strong songs on the Ringleader of the Tormentors album. The Father To Be Killed is not a masterpiece, but a very important song. When I'm in a bad mood, I play it very loud.... Then... so shall you