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Cover art
Name I Have Forgiven Jesus
Release 13 December 2004
Total Length 3:41
Recorded Autumn 2003
Writer/composer Morrissey/Whyte
Producer Jerry Finn
Art work A still from the official video directed by Bucky Fukumoto
Vinyl Etching No matrix message
Publisher Attack Records
Sanctuary Records
Format(s) 7" Vinyl, CD
Chart position UK #10
Single chronology
Let Me Kiss You
I Have Forgiven Jesus
Redondo Beach/There Is A Light That Never Goes Out


Track list

CD 1

[Attack Records - ATKXS011]

  1. I Have Forgiven Jesus – 3:41 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  2. No One Can Hold A Candle To You – 3:08 (Maker/Huish)

CD 2 (Enhanced)

[Attack Records - ATKXD011]

  1. I Have Forgiven Jesus – 3:41 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  2. The Slum Mums – 3:22 (Morrissey/Boorer/Day)
  3. The Public Image – 3:22 (Morrissey/Boorer)
  4. I Have Forgiven Jesus [video] – 3:41 (Morrissey/Whyte)


I was a good kid I wouldn't do you no harm I was a nice kid With a nice paper-round

Forgive me any pain I may have brung to you With God's help I know I'll always be near to you

But Jesus hurt me When He deserted me But I have forgiven Jesus For all the desire He placed in me when there's nothing I can do With this desire

I was good kid Through hail and snow I'd go Just to moon you I carried my heart in my hand Do you understand? Do you understand?

But Jesus hurt me When He deserted me But I have forgiven Jesus For all of the love He placed in me When there's no one I can turn to with this love

Monday - humiliation Tuesday - suffocation Wednesday - condescension Thursday - is pathetic By Friday - life has killed me By Friday - life has killed me

Oh pretty one Oh pretty one

Why did you give me So much desire? When there is nowhere I can go To offload this desire

Why did you give me So much love In a loveless world When there is no one I can turn to To unlock all this love

And Why did you stick me in Self-deprecating bones and skin Jesus - do you hate me?

Why did you stick me in Self-deprecating bones and skin Do you hate me? Do you hate me? Do you hate me? Do you hate me? Do you hate me?


Music Video


Live History

Play count (Morrissey concert): 58

Morrissey live history:

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Appears On

Discogs Information


  • Bass - Gary Day
  • Drums - Dean Butterworth
  • Engineer - Joe McGrath
  • Guitar - Boz Boorer
  • Keyboards - Mikey V. Farrell
  • Layout [Design Layout] - Chris Collins (7)
  • Producer - Jerry Finn
  • Product Manager [Project Manager] - Jennifer Ivory (2)


Sticker on front: " CD1

Features Exclusive Track

'No One Can Hold A Candle To You'

ATKXS011 "

All tracks recorded in Los Angeles, 2004.

Front and back images taken from the 'I Have Forgiven Jesus' Video Directed by Bucky Fukumato/AV Club

'I Have Forgiven Jesus' taken from the album [url=]'YOU ARE THE QUARRY'[/url]


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Discogs information (additional release)


All tracks recorded in Los Angeles, 2004.


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Wikipedia Information


"I Have Forgiven Jesus" is an alternative rock song from English singer Morrissey's 2004 album You Are the Quarry. It was co-written by Morrissey and his band member Alain Whyte, and produced by Jerry Finn. The track reflects the singer's upbringing in an Irish Catholic community and his status as a lapsed Catholic. The song is a ballad that tells the story of a child who becomes disillusioned with religion because of his inability to deal with his own desires. The title refers to the character's blame and subsequent forgiveness of Jesus Christ for creating him as a lovely creature that has no chance to express its love. Described as both confessional and humorous, the song has been interpreted as a blasphemous critique of organized religion and an ambivalent way for Morrissey to describe his own religiosity. The song was released in December 2004 as the fourth single from You Are the Quarry; its release was preceded in November 2004 by that of a music video in which Morrissey performs the role of a priest. This performance increased the controversy around the track, which received polarized reviews; some critics described it as a "woeful" release and others classified it among the best songs of both the album and of the singer's career. Despite not being playlisted by BBC Radio 1, one of the United Kingdom's most popular radio stations, the single reached number 10 on the UK Singles Chart and topped the UK Independent Singles Chart. It made the track his fourth top-ten hit of the year, something he had never achieved before. The song remained significative on Morrissey's career, being included on his 2004, 2006 and 2014 tours.

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