This Charming Man

Album: The Smiths (1984)
Charted: 8
  • Punctured bicycle
    On a hillside desolate
    Will nature make a man of me yet?

    When in this charming car
    This charming man

    Why pamper life's complexity
    When the leather runs smooth
    On the passenger's seat?

    I would go out tonight
    But I haven't got a stitch to wear
    This man said "it's gruesome
    That someone so handsome should care"

    Ah ! A jumped-up pantry boy
    Who never knew his place
    He said "return the ring"
    He knows so much about these things
    He knows so much about these things

    I would go out tonight
    But I haven't got a stitch to wear
    This man said "it's gruesome
    That someone so handsome should care"
    La, la-la, la-la, la-la, this charming man
    Oh, la-la, la-la, la-la, this charming man

    Ah ! A jumped-up pantry boy
    Who never knew his place
    He said "return the ring"
    He knows so much about these things
    He knows so much about these things
    He knows so much about these things Writer/s: Steven Morrissey, Johnny Marr
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 4

  • William from Cairns, AustraliaIsn't this track just about a charming, yet predatory, homosexual.
  • Stratis from Brighton, EnglandMorissey actually heard the phrase "Jumped out pantry boy" watching the movie "Sleuth" 8 July 1982. The pantry boy in the movie was Michael Caine.
  • Don from San Antonio, TxWOW great Songfact!! Whenever you get info like that, you realize no matter how many trophies you have for loving Morrissey, there's another dimension that surprises you, that you didn't have access to. I think this is true for most american fans, being so far away from the film, printed material, and culture that has inspired him, and the people of the U.K.
  • Holliee from Waterloo, Canadai love the video for this song. its of the band in a white room filled to the brim with a billion flowers of all colors. Morrissey is a huge gladioli fan and is known to perform with a handful of them in his back pocket. he also likes to swing them around to the beat in a sort of circular way. thousands of fans showing up for the concerts would bring boquets of them so that the audience would look like a huge wavering feild of yellow flowers. morrissey said that the flowers all over the stage got to be a little dangerous, since he found himself tripping all over them. although...moz's dancing IS pretty much tripping. which, in my mind couldn't get ANY more cool. Morrissey rocks my world.
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