Awakening from an inebriated slumber, The Smiths' front man, Morrissey, is back to doing what he does best - being miserable! He blames a happy couple, smiling at people he'd much rather "kick in the eye" and the contradiction of being unemployed and depressed, then depressed with a job, for his ongoing woes. An entry from a young Morrissey's diary appeared to act as the precursor to this song: "When I had no job I could pinpoint my depression. But when I did get a job I was still depressed."
This song references Caligula, a Roman Emperor who was infamous for his depraved sex life and incestuous relationships with his sisters. In the context of the song, it would appear a woman has made a sexual advance towards Morrissey that would make even Caligula "blush."
The song title is a nod to the British Pop singer Sandie Shaw's little-known track, "Heaven Knows I'm Missing Him Now." The Smiths were big fans of Shaw and had previously collaborated with her on "Hand in Glove."
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