"How Soon Is Now" as written by and Steven Patrick/marr Morrissey....
I am the son
I am the heir
Of a shyness that is criminally vulgar
I am the son and heir
Of nothing in particular

You shut your mouth
How can you say
I go about things the wrong way?
I am human and I need to be loved
Just like everybody else does

I am the son
I am the heir
Of a shyness that is criminally vulgar
I am the son and heir
Of nothing in particular

You shut your mouth
How can you say
I go about things the wrong way?
I am human and I need to be loved
Just like everybody else does

There's a club if you'd like to go
You could meet someone who really loves you
So you go and you stand on your own
And you leave on your own and you go home
And you cry and you want to die

When you say it's gonna happen now
When exactly do you mean?
See I've already waited too long
And all my hope is gone

You shut your mouth
How can you say
I go about things the wrong way?
I am human and I need to be loved
Just like everybody else does


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"How Soon Is Now?" as written by Steven Patrick Morrissey Johnny Marr

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    General CommentThese lyrics are actually pretty straightforward.

    I don't think it's about being gay. While it certainly could be about somebody who is gay, homosexuality isn't the issue.

    The issue is "a shyness that is criminally vulgar." This is about someone who desperately "need[s] to be loved," but, try as he might, he lacks the social skills to make a connection with somebody. Perhaps he suffers from Asperger's Syndrome or Social Anxiety Disorder.

    "You shut your mouth! How can you say that I go about things the wrong way?" is his frustrated response to well-meaning but decidedly unhelpful advice.

    One example of such advice is, "Get out of the house! Put yourself out there, and you'll might somebody." "Well, there's a club..."

    So he follows the advice, and goes to this club, but he doesn't understand what to do when he gets there. He doesn't know how to approach somebody and start a conversation, especially when it seems like everybody else is already involved in a conversation with somebody, and he really doesn't know how to approach a group of people and interject himself into an existing conversation on a topic about which he knows nothing.

    So he ends up spending the evening standing around on his own, watching other people, observing, futilely trying to figure out how they do it, and why it seems so easy for everybody except him. As he stands there, watching everybody else seeming to have such an easy time and so naturally doing what is so impossible for him, he feels worse and worse about himself. At the end of the night, having spent most or all of it alone, he goes home, still alone, throws himself on the bed (where he will sleep -- you guessed it -- alone), and cries.


    Other examples of unhelpful advice (not mentioned in the song, but that I know from experience):

    "Believe in yourself. Confidence is attractive. If you believe, you will succeed." "The reason you've been experiencing so many years of failure is because you don't believe in yourself."

    "Just be yourself."

    "You're a great guy with a lot to offer. Eventually you'll meet somebody." This, while obviously well-intentioned, can actually be extremely cruel. Think about the effect of this on somebody who keeps hearing it from a lot of different sources.

    "You have to love yourself before somebody else can love you."

    "It will happen when you least expect it."

    "You have to realize that you don't have to have a relationship to be happy. Look at me, I just went through a very difficult break-up, and you don't see me giving up, do you?"


    Finally, ladies, one request on behalf of all the losers: Don't ever say "All the good ones are taken" within earshot of one who is not taken. Remember, losers have feelings, too. Very intense feelings.

    Oh, yeah, that reminds me:

    "You're not a loser." "You're a great person, and..."
    blah020122on February 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIm blown away by the content of this song. The verse < How can you say?
    I go about things the wrong way
    I am human and I need to be loved...
    Just like everybody else... does >>
    is symbolic of my life. (sounds cheesy but...)
    windchild09on February 09, 2002   Link
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    General Commentgreat song. even though it's been covered a thousand times, this is probably my favorite version
    spliphstaron April 25, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love the lyrics in this song! it so relates to me, and to most teenagers! its reeally beautifuul, and it also opens one of my fave shows! Charmed!!
    angelicon May 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's a sad song...unfortunately I can relate...
    smurfjkelleron June 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentCharmed rocks!! That's where I heard this song!
    Harry Manbackon June 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI finally found out the name of this song and the group its by!!!! Charmed is one of my fave shows and I always hear it on there; I love this song!
    Sweetie2004on July 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentDang, I love Charmed. This is an amazing song too
    wlraider_girlieon June 22, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is an amazing song. I prefer Love Spit Love's version to t.A.T.u.'s - which is damn strange, 'cause I love t.A.T.u.!
    takerzmuseon June 28, 2003   Link
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    General Commentaren't we supposed to say what this song means?
    all i read was "charmed intro", and "it's related to me"...
    Well, it is the charmed intro... and it is related to you in some way.... but what does it want to say? what is it's deepest and darkest meaning?
    what is this song trying to say?... all i can say is i dont know...
    ShadowZeroon July 01, 2003   Link

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