"Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference" as written by and Steven Patrick/street Morrissey....
Such a little thing
Such a little thing
But the difference it made was grave
There you go
Wielding a bicycle chain
Oh, why won't you change?
Change and be nicer?

Such a little thing
A gentle tone of kindness
Or written words on paper
Can you write?

How I love all of
The very simple things of life
(God's good air)
How I love all of
The very simple things of life

Such a little thing
A fumbling politeness
The difference saved me
Wielding a bicycle chain
Why won't you change?
"I will not change
And I will not be nice"
Most people keep their brains
Between their legs
(don't you find?)

Leave me alone - I was only singing
Leave me alone because
I was only singing
Leave me alone - I was only singing
Leave me alone
You have just proved (again)
Most people keep their brains
Between their legs


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"Such a Little Thing Makes Such a Big Difference" as written by Steven Morrissey Stephen Brian Street

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    General CommentMorrissey wrote this song in response to the criticism he received over the song, "Margaret On The Guillotine", obviously an attack on the awful regime of Margaret Thatcher who he understandibly despised. In response, the police were ordered to raid his house. Hence the lines, "leave me alone, I was only singing". By saying that he will not change and become nice he is assuring us he will not avoid controversy and will continue to say what he likes, which he has continued to this day. Great song. A slap in the face for those who try to destroy him
    Mr_Soulon March 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commentcompsoc.man.ac.uk/~moz/lyrics/bonadrag/…

    Explains this quite nicely.
    Artificial Idioton April 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbrilliant song.
    lucianornron January 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song...the "bicycle chains" bit is so damn powerful...especially in "Who Put the M in Manchester"...I love it...I love the violence juxtaposed with the beautiful, gentle "leave me alone I was only singing".
    The only bit I don't really 'get' is the line "some people keep their brains between their legs"...I mean...I get it obviously...but have no idea what it has got to do with the song.
    enolfon February 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGood song, the last part is the best.
    JpnGhton March 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think the "most people keep their brains between their legs" is ironic; since people always keep up their manners. We all know what people really think about as they are keeping up formalities.
    tamninon August 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI always thought this song referred to the same "little thing" as Madness's "party poppers that pop in the night" - as they do make a big difference! And "fumbling politeness" is a good way of describing putting one on...
    sproutboyon December 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAbsolute favorite song of all time. The sincerity in his voice and genuine lyrics. He breaks down the kind of thought we should have when we are tripping over miniscule problems in our lives. Morrissey is a saint!
    drunkinjunton February 24, 2010   Link
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    General CommentMr_Soul is correct.I also think this song has to do with how everything he says is over analyzed and taken out of context. (like when people called him a racist) People close to him probably told him to easy up and not be so honest. Morrissey is Morrissey... if he has something to say he's going to say it. I love the line "most people keep their brains between their legs" obviously calling people stupid
    aliberk777on October 11, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI think, as some others have mentioned, that this song was written by Morrissey as a response to people's constant repetitive interpritations and reactions to his songs. The image of violence, juxtaposed with the same violent people asking him to be kind and nice, is linked with the trouble he got into over the song Margaret on The Guilotine.

    I think the lines about 'most people keep their brains between their legs' is about many people interpritating his songs in a sexual way, when they are not meant to be. Some of Morrissey's songs are about either explicit hetero-sexuaxual or homo-sexual or ambiguous relationships, but not all of them. But people constantly interpret that they are.

    So to surmise, this is Morrissey's comments to everyone who takes offence at his political views, or who interprates his songs with their genitles.
    JJKelsallon June 14, 2012   Link

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