Barbarism Begins At Home

Album: Meat Is Murder (1985)
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  • Unruly boys
    Who will not grow up
    Must be taken in hand
    Unruly girls
    Who will not settle down
    They must be taken in hand

    A crack on the head
    Is what you get for not asking
    And a crack on the head
    Is what you get for asking

    Unruly boys
    Who will not grow up
    Must be taken in hand
    Unruly girls
    Who will not settle down
    They must be taken in hand

    A crack on the head
    Is what you get for not asking
    And a crack on the head
    Is what you get for asking

    No...a crack on the head
    Is what you get for not asking
    And a crack on the head
    Is what you get for asking

    A crack on the head
    Is just what you get
    Why? Because of who you are!
    And a crack on the head
    Is just what you get
    Why? Because of what you are!
    A crack on the head
    Because of :
    Those things you said
    Things you said
    The things you did

    Unruly boys
    Who will not grow
    Must be taken in hand
    Unruly girls
    Who will not grow
    They must be taken in hand
    Ah...oh, no...oh, no
    Ah...oh, no...oh, no
    No...no, no, no
    No...no, no Writer/s: JOHNNY MARR, STEVEN MORRISSEY
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 2

  • Amir from NottinghamI've always seen this as an indirect sequel to Hand in Glove, it tells of youths who "won't settle down" and is composed in an ironic cocktail of funk and oppression from the older generations.
    Plus the "lulululul" bit at the end also sounds a bit like someone being drowned also. Great Song!
  • Dane from Vancouver, BcA great song. The Smiths showcase some amazing bass/guitar riffs that last nearly seven minutes on this track. One of the best songs on "Meat Is Murder".
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