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

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

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


Lyrics submitted by Idan, edited by Mellow_Harsher

Hand in Glove Lyrics as written by Johnny Marr Steven Morrissey

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    "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
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    Another 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
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    Lord Alfred Douglas, a friend/lover? of Oscar Wilde, said of Wilde after his death "he was hand in glove with all the little boys on the Boulevard. He never attempted to conceal it."

    At Wildes trial he spoke of 'the love that dares not speak its name' when asking to advance upon this he said; "The love that dares not speak its name" in this century is such a great affection of an elder for a younger man as there was between David and Jonathan, such as Plato made the very basis of his philosophy, and such as you find in the sonnets of Michelangelo and Shakespeare. It is that deep spiritual affection that is as pure as it is perfect. There is nothing unnatural about it. It is intellectual, and it repeatedly exists between an older and a younger man, when the older man has intellect, and the younger man has all the joy, hope and glamour of life before him.'

    Morrissey is a huge fan of Wildes work, and it is very possible that he was writing this song through the eyes of Wilde.

    srbsamon February 03, 2007   Link
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    At 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
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    I 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
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    this is an awesome song. morrissey rocks my socks.

    weezerific:cutleryon March 15, 2003   Link
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    HungryLikeTheWolf: "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
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    Morrissey is a very witty guy. I think he likes a bit of mystery surrounding him. For a start he's a recluse. Plus he likes to toy with what people think, especially about his sexuality. Almost all of his lyrics have a hidden meaning, thats what makes the Smith's music so appealing. You can interpret it how you like or take it at face value. He said himself "I refuse to recognize the terms hetero-, bi-, and homo-sexual. Everybody has exactly the same sexual needs. People are just sexual, the prefix is immaterial." The fact he didn't give a direct answer demonstrates he likes playing with this uncertainty. It makes him interesting and adds a spin to his music. Is he, isn't he? type thing. Obviously if you write music like he does as well with these hidden meanings, if you write a song about a relationship people will interpret it diferently. Christ, on here people have said its gay, interracial, inter class, about his relationship with Marr, confusion, about himself and noone else! Besides, if he was gay but hadnt come out the closet, he wouldnt release a song that could be interpreted as saying he was homosexual.

    CEREALon February 17, 2006   Link
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    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
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    ugh. 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

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