"Hari Kari" as written by and Ross Anthony Jarman Johnny Marr....
If you combine flattery
With a long history
Then there are no easy answers
You hid your face
You hid your face in a place
Where there are no easy answers

In the name of everyone who met me
Am I supposed to commit Hari Kari?
With sword in hand I face demands
Delivered with the best intentions
From the department of corrections
But who will tell my next of kin
That tomorrow stand for nothing?

It was years ago, it was years ago
Since you left us
Alone
It was years ago, it was years ago
And only time will show, only time will show
How much you mean to
The world
Only time will show
It was years ago

If you combine flattery
With a long history
Then there are no easy answers
You hid your face
You hid your face in a place
Where there are no easy answers

Somebody said you should have left her
I think it was an empty gesture
It's not as though they really cared, like
"It's a shame about the weather"
You left home on a stretcher
I remember cause I saw a picture of it

It was years ago, it was years ago
Since you left us
I know
It was years ago, it was years ago
And only time will show, only time will show
How much you mean to
The world
Only time will show
It was years ago

Y'r mind
Y'r voice
Y'r body
Y'r choice


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"Hari Kari" as written by Johnny Marr Gary John Jarman

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    General CommentI thought abortion also
    matthewallen5000on September 07, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI reckon it's about abortion, whether it's pro-abortion or not I can't decide. I get the feeling it might be about someone pressured into getting an abortion. I'm leaning towards it being slightly-anti abortion. I'm pro-choice myself, before I start analysing

    If you combine flattery
    With a long history
    Then there are no easy answers
    I reckon this is about the conception, or the beginning of the relationship.
    You hid your face
    You hid your face in a place
    Where there are no easy answers
    The person is hiding, they're ashamed or scared, "no easy answers" is that is usually used to describe an abortion. It's not an easy decision

    In the name of everyone who met me
    Am I supposed to commit Hari Kari?
    With sword in hand I face demands
    Delivered with the best intentions
    From the department of corrections
    She's scared, everyone is wanting her to get an abortion but she's not sure. She hasn't reached the decision herself but she's going to do it anyway. The people who are telling her to abort have "the best intentions" but are "demand[ing]" her to do it. The "department of corrections" is correcting the mistake of having become pregnant. "Department" sounds clinical but also obvious and easy, perhaps he's implying it's too easy to get an abortion? Not considered emotionally enough?
    But who will tell my next of kin
    That tomorrow stand for nothing?
    I think this is implying that the value of life has been cheapened. "Tomorrow stands for nothing" because tomorrow isn't important in this situation, to this pregnancy. "My next of kin" is clearly her children.
    However another idea could be that the abortion is unsafe, her "next of kin" is just her family and "tomorrow stands for nothing" because she might not get a tomorrow

    It was years ago, it was years ago
    Since you left us
    Alone
    It was years ago, it was years ago
    And only time will show, only time will show
    How much you mean to
    The world
    Only time will show
    It was years ago
    I'm not sure what this one means, perhaps it's referring to the foetus, it seems to be implying a death rather than a person simply leaving, "how much you mean to the world". It could mean the woman who died getting an abortion. It could mean the man who left the woman pregnant

    Somebody said you should have left her
    I think it was an empty gesture
    I think this is aimed at the man who got her pregnant, someone said he should do a runner and leave her alone. Perhaps he didn't run and offered to help, this is the "empty gesture". Or perhaps the advice to leave her was the "empty gesture"
    It's not as though they really cared, like
    "It's a shame about the weather"
    This is the friends again, someone has explained the situation but they don't really care, or they're uncomfortable talking about is so just change the conversation
    You left home on a stretcher
    I remember cause I saw a picture of it
    I reckon this is aimed at the woman, and seems to change the meaning of the song to referring to an unsafe abortion gone wrong. She left home on a stretcher because she has become very ill trying to abort. Seeing "a picture of it" would just emphasise the fact this song seems to be said from the point of view of a relative or family friend. The "picture" also implies that all they have left is a picture because she died. If she was alive they wouldn't need a picture

    Y'r mind
    Y'r voice
    Y'r body
    Y'r choice
    I think this could be saying, she didn't need to get an abortion she could have had the "choice" to continue the pregnancy. It could also be "pro-choice" in terms of "pro-legilisation" to regulate and keep abortions safe because this woman died.
    On a side note "y'r" spelt like that means "house of", in the sense of being a representation,"house of Lords" is where the laws are decided. It may be irrelevant but it's an unusual way to spell it if it isn't important.
    KinkyDoxon May 16, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI need to listen to this a bit more... but I know that hari Kari is a form of suicide so the actual meaning seems interesting
    LateOfThePieron September 13, 2009   Link
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    General Comment'Hari Kari' is a form of ritual suicide of self-disembowelment This explains the 'sword in hand' bit. Dunno what that has to do with the rest if the song though. Top tune.
    lew0557on September 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's about someone who has committed suicide. It seems the person did so instead of facing justice "demands/dept of corrections." I kinda get a Sid Vicious reference here, but maybe that's just me.
    natesuddon October 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone else think this could be about abortion?
    callum828on October 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone else think this could be about abortion?
    callum828on October 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIts about abortion obvs.
    "Your Mind
    Your Voice
    Your Body
    Your Choice "


    pro choice and pro life

    elenaadrianaon July 24, 2010   Link

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