Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Referring to famous Morrissey's "Children in pieces" b-side.

share|improve this question
add comment

1 Answer

up vote 6 down vote accepted

"To be in pieces" means to be shattered or broken. On an emotional level, you can say "I'm in pieces after she dumped me"

Quite similar to it's literal sense, imagine a glass bowl in pieces i.e. it's been smashed on the floor.

The lyrics from Morrissey's song go

Children in pieces in Irish industrial schools

which is a reference to the large scale abuse that took place in those schools and thus their childhoods have been damaged.

share|improve this answer
1  
Thanks a lot for a splendid answer. –  Tim Aug 3 '11 at 9:02
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.