Hand in Glove

Album: The Smiths (1983)
Charted: 124
  • Hand in glove
    The sun shines out of our behinds
    No, it's not like any other love
    This one is different, because it's us
    Hand in glove
    We can go wherever we please
    And everything depends upon
    How near you stand to me

    And if the people stare
    Then the people stare
    Oh, I really don't know and I really don't care

    Kiss my shades

    Hand in glove
    The good people laugh
    Yes, we may be hidden by rags
    But we've something they'll never have
    Hand in glove
    The sun shines out of our behinds
    Yes, we may be hidden by rags
    But we've something they'll never have

    And if the people stare
    Then the people stare
    Oh, I really don't know and I really don't care

    Kiss my shades

    So, hand in glove I stake my claim
    I'll fight to the last breath
    If they dare touch a hair on your head
    I'll fight to the last breath
    For the good life is out there somewhere
    So stay on my arm, you little charmer
    But I know my luck too well
    Yes, I know my luck too well
    And I'll probably never see you again
    I'll probably never see you again
    I'll probably never see you again Writer/s: Steven Morrissey, Johnny Marr
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 2

  • Smallalien from Earth “It’s not a shame... no” not “Kiss my shades”
  • Neil from Birmingham, UkInteresting that Johnny Marr thinks it's about their relationship. Not sure how 'And everything depends upon how near you stand to me' fits into that analysis. I always assumed it was about a real or imaginary homoerotic relationship. 'And let the people stare, oh I really don't know and I really don't care' seems to suggest Morrissey and his lover are throwing caution to the wind, speaking, if not shouting, the love that dare not speak it's name. The fact that the last lines of 'Pretty Girls make Graves' - in my opinion indisputably a song about homosexuality - are the opening lines of 'Hand in Glove', ('hand in glove, the sun shines out of our behinds') makes me more certain the two share a theme looked at in different ways; the pressure to conform and get a girlfriend versus ignoring society and damn the consequences.
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