"Hand in Glove" as written by Johnny Marr and Steven Patrick Morrissey....
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, oh

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, oh

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
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh


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"Hand in Glove" as written by Johnny Marr Steven Morrissey

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  • +8
    General Comment"No it's NOT like any other love
    this one's different
    because it's us!"
    Not sure if this has got anything to do with homosexuality... it's more about two people who believe that the love between them is better than the love between any other couple. As for not caring whether people stare and being hidden by rags surely, this is about dressing different to everyone else and not fitting in. In my mind this is very much about two adolescents who want to be different, want to believe that no-one else has ever felt liked them, dressed liked them or loved like them... in other words teenage rebellion. Obviously it can be, and often is, interpreted as a song about homosexuality.
    tgdon December 16, 2004   Link
  • +5
    General CommentAnother thing I've noticed is perhaps this is about the Marr/Morrissey relationship, I mean the relationship referred to isn't necessarily a sexual one, just a fiercely protective and appreciative one, two characteristics that their relationship had I think
    tallulaton January 15, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI personally gree with the above interprettion, but 'd like to add that the reason wh the whole romance doesn'twork out is becaus one of the guys involved cares too much about what other folks will think of them.
    Chloe le Fayon June 19, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis is an awesome song. morrissey rocks my socks.
    weezerific:cutleryon March 14, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHungryLikeTheWolf: "Morrissey is a big old gay man and that's why he's so unhappy. A lot of his songs are about his sexual orientaion and his confusion and his struggle to be open with it. He doesn't parade it around but if if you were the ask him if he was gay he wouldn't say no. Listen to 'I have forgiven Jesus' and 'What difference does it make' two of the smiths "gay" songs. "

    ROTFL HungryiketheWolf, you are so hilarious LOL LOL LOL

    I Have Forgiven Jesus is a 'gay' song? LOL Just how did you get to that conclusion? What Difference Does It Make is 'obviusly gay? HUH?

    "He doesn't parade it around but if if you were the ask him if he was gay he wouldn't say no. "
    Well, actually he would - and he did.

    "I'm gay? Well, that's news to me." (Morrissey in Rolling Stone, 1990)

    Your reasoning is really dumb. He's unhappy because he's gay?! Why would that make him unhappy?! He's never had any prejudices against homosexuality, and he had no problems mentioning he's felt attraction for men AS WELL as women, and that he's had sexual encounters with both women and men. He's never been afraid to be really controversial and speak his mind, but you think he's less brave than Elton-f***ing John?! People like you who think they understand Morrissey when they have no bloody idea would be trully annoying with their condescening attitude, if they weren't that absurd. If Morrissey was gay and that was all to it, his life would be much simpler. He would have found a guy, and not just that, he would then fit into your silly little categories, and that would make him into more of a regular and 'normal' person by your standards. hell, it would even give him less problems with the media - he would be a 'gay artist', which is such a popular thing to be in the days of political correctness! But I think he knows much better than any of you what he is, or at least what he isn't, and he knows that he does not fit into your categories, even though there are so many people like you who feel they just need to pigeonhole such a complex and unique person! He's far more complicated than that and he has far deeper problems, which you would be aware of if you REALLY paid attention to his songs!
    nightanddayon December 31, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    it's likely that this song is about homosexuality. alot of morrisseys lyrics seem to be cryptically based around that issue. whether he wrote about his actual experiences or he wrote to peak peoples curiosity doesnt matter to me. one of the great things about this song is that (if you dont read too much into it) the lyrics are cryptic enough so that anyone can apply it to their own lives and love situations.
    and thats what a lot of people look for in song lyrics- something they can relate to.
    =]
    dmdaisyon May 13, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commentugh. this is definitely my favourite smiths song. just love how dramatic it is. "no it's not like any other love, this one's different because it's us"...i just think too many people in relationships get in this mindframe, that they think they'll last forever because THEY're different, oh yes. love that line. also "everything depends upon how near you stand to me". dramatic, again. i love stuff like this. just sounds like he's saying when the person he loves isn't standing near him/paying attention to him, that's what his mood depends on. that's my interpretation anyway. brilliant song.
    nofxlolon December 16, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOk, let's just set one thing straight.

    Morrissey is consciously trying to keep his sexuality ambiguous. A quick scan of the wikipedia entry about him solves this.
    He has maintained throughout his career in interviews that he is asexual or celibate. It really annoys me when people ignorant enough to say that his lyrics are 'obviously gay' post comments on sites like this. Think of him as a fourth gender.

    Thanks
    ChatNoir33on March 21, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAt least some of this song is inspired (like many of Morrissey's lyrics) by Shelagh Delaney's seminal Kitchen Sink drama A Taste of Honey. The part of the narrative explored in this song is concerned with the doomed romance between the spirited but sexually inexperienced teenaged protagonist Jo and the older black sailor, Jimmy.
    Certain lines from the song are entirely lifted from the play including the repeated line “I’ll probably never see you again”. Other lines are more subtly paraphrased; when Morrissey sings “And if people stare then people stare/ oh I really don’t know and I really don’t care” he is simply reworking the following piece of dialogue from the play, which follows Jimmy’s attempt to kiss Jo in public:

    Jimmy: Afraid someone'll see us?
    Jo: I don't care.
    Jimmy: Say that again.
    Jo: I don't care.

    Given that the play was first staged in 1958 it’s unsurprising that a public display of affection between racially mixed couple was considered a social taboo.
    Joshimitsuon March 31, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentChloe Le Fay is right.
    Its all gay obviously and it is about confusion and always worrying what over people think bout things you do when maybe you should just do it?
    SouthHibbingon April 21, 2003   Link

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