I am the son,
and, the heir.
Of a shyness that was criminally vulgar.
Son, and heir.
Of nothing in particular.

Oh, shut your mouth.
How can you say,
I go about things the wrong way?
I'm human and I need to be loved,
like everyone,
like everyone does.

I am the son,
and, the heir.
Of a shyness that was criminally vulgar.
Son, and heir.
Of nothing in particular.
Of nothing in particular at all.

And you say its gonna happen now.
When exactly do you mean?
I've already waited to long,
and all my hope is gone.

There's a club if you'd like to go.
You might meet someone,
who really loves you.
So you go on your own,
and leave on your own,
and you go home,
and you cry and you wanna die.


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How Soon Is Now? (vinyl Only) song meanings
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    General Commentyay smiths cover, i love their version of this song almost as much as the original :)
    lollyrottenon September 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI'd go as bold as to say that this does in fact rival the original composition itself. This shimmers. There's a fairly interesting story that Walter had intended to cover the song while the band was recording in-studio, but since the band was not at all familiar with the 80's pop staple, he had to teach each member of the band how to perform their parts, and in the end they sort of ended up with a hybrid jam... and in turn birthed completely different beast given the context of the Smiths' classic in the hands of Walter and Co. Morrissey brings lament to the song, but Walter is more demanding, and sounds as desperate as anyone could ever do if they were to cover this track.

    Now, this is technically available on CD, on a difficult to find "Dine Alone" promo with this song as the third track. Unfortunately, it's pretty flat... do yourself a favor and make sure you get the vinyl LP for 'Slip'. "Transparent" is one of the best songs on that record, and a good closer, but "HSIN?" closing really makes the record a treasure.

    The appeal is simple--it's a searing cover of an already legendary song and thanks to vinyl and the effects of psychoacoustics (and a nice EQ and versatile table help immensely), it's much easier to enjoy. The CD version of 'HSIN?" clocks in at 3:02 and the vinyl counterpart is 2:59... but those three odd seconds make a LOT of difference if you want it as pure as possible, no digital rectifying this (or any other song on 'Slip', for that matter). I have mp-three versions of both Quicksand's versions, and if anyone wants to compare, drop me a line, and I'll let you decide which is king... clear and concise, or gritty and determined.
    Sneedyon May 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti agree, this is a cover which is better than an already great song. at the time i bought SLIP (i was maybe 16, 17 yrs old) i had no idea who the Smiths were, i think i didn't even notice that song was a cover (it was just labelled as extra track on the album) but it was on of my favourite songs of the album. of course i discovered the Smiths sooner or later, but it was a weird experience when i finally heard the original song just a few years ago (i'm now 31)
    rubioon December 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti had no idea that this was a Smiths song. For years now i've been believing that this was an original Quicksand song, and that other people have been covering it :O For shame. listening to the original The Smiths) song now.

    T.a.t.u also have done a cover, and while Quicksand seem to have converted this 80's classic into their own typical early 90's grungy hard-rock style, t.a.t.u have tried to reproduce the original's sound in a 21st century context. with chirpy Russian accents XD but hey, they do it well.
    BrEnNo1023on October 15, 2009   Link

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