Morrissey Dedicates Two Songs to Israel on New Album

The singer has made a number of appearances in Israel in recent years and was even presented with a key to Tel Aviv during his last visit

Morrissey performs at Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv, August 24, 2016.
Morrissey performs at Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv, August 24, 2016. Moti Milrod

The British singer Morrissey’s upcoming album features two songs with references to Israel. One is called “The Girl from Tel-Aviv Who Wouldn’t Kneel” and the other is simply called “Israel.” 

The album, “Low in High School,” is due out in November and is his first in three years since 2014's "World Peace is None of Your Business." It follows the singer’s visit to Israel last year, when he played in Tel Aviv and Caesarea. The track list was released last Tuesday, but there are no details about specific lyrics as of yet.

Morrissey performs in Tel Aviv, 2012.
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The former lead singer of The Smiths has made a number of appearances in Israel in recent years. At a 2012 concert in Tel Aviv, he draped himself with an Israeli flag – an image that was shared widely on social media. 

In August 2016, during his Tel Aviv concert, he told the crowd how proud he was to be in Israel, adding that Tel Aviv is the only place in the world that had presented him with a key to the city – an honor that even his hometown of Manchester or London hadn’t conferred on him.

The PR firm promoting the new album, which will be launched in Los Angeles on November 10 before its release in Britain, said it features political statements. In “Spent the Night in Bed,” the first single off the album and released last Tuesday, Morrissey calls on his friends to stay in bed and not watch the news, as doing so makes you feel “small and alone.”

The album cover is another example of Morrissey’s ongoing opposition to the British monarchy. It features a boy holding an ax along with a sign with the slogan “Axe the Monarchy.”

Morrissey was in the news in Britain recently after the feature film “England is Mine” was released in August. The biopic is based on his mundane Manchester life before he met Johnny Marr and formed The Smiths in the early 1980s.