Straight ahead what is there?
My brother and sister and I
trying to make some sense of this
it's just a fleeting thought though
for there is nothing in our wondering
night in night out love begins and love ends
the red sun rises
sadness is still in point
my royal name is Cyrus the selfish
and yours Panic in the streets of London
listen when the baby calls your name
and don't act as if you didn't know...

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PJ in the Streets... song meanings
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    General CommentPanic in the streets of London is a song by The Smiths...
    KingJelleon July 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSadness is still in "print," no biggie.

    I'm not a fan of this song from the new album.
    Clap Your Handson July 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentpanic in the streets of london is not a smiths song...but "Panic" is, and the line from panic is "panic on the streets of london" not "in".
    pennywinterson June 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentbefore even listening to the song, the title made me think of pj harvey walking around the streets of new york in the video for "good fortune". god, i love that video!

    anyone else? no? it's just me then? :(
    kittensincementon August 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm still really curious to hear some interpretations of the lyrics from some people. Some kind of family tragedy I assume, but I don't feel like I have a real grasp on what it's about. I love this song though.
    Coowon September 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's definitely a family tragedy, death of a family member most likely. "Sadness still in print" I think references obituaries in the papers, although the sun has gone down and come up already, the sadness is still there.

    I think the Cyrus the Selfish part is just how Jamie deals with the death; Panic in the Streets of London is perhaps how the sibling acts in response to the loss.
    Havenspearon March 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOK Coow, here’s my interpretation…

    “Straight ahead what is there?” — The future looks bleak

    “My brother and sister and I
    trying to make some sense of this” — implies some kind of family tragedy — death of a parent?

    “it's just a fleeting thought though
    for there is nothing in our wondering” — There’s no God answering or listening to the families’ prayers

    “night in night out love begins and love ends” — circle of life / love

    “the red sun rises
    sadness is still in print” — The Sun is Britain’s most popular tabloid newspaper. It’s often called a Red Top because its front page is red. The fact that he references London in this song makes me think that’s where it’s set, and that the front page of The Sun has some tragic event like a terrorist attack / gruesome murder / natural disaster / war etc

    “my royal name is Cyrus the selfish” — I always took this to be a private “in joke” — a nickname for Jamie / the narrator that one of his friends / relatives has for him

    “and yours Panic in the streets of London” — a line from The Smiths song “Panic”, another nickname for a friend / relative of Jamie / the narrator

    “listen when the baby calls your name
    and don't act as if you didn't know...” — to me this just seems like a stereotypical Smiths lyric eg “This Night Has Opened My Eyes”:

    “In a river the colour of lead
    immerse a baby's head
    wrap her up in the News Of The World
    dump her on a doorstep, girl
    this night has opened my eyes
    and I will never sleep again”

    Again this ads weight to my point about The Sun, as The Smiths song references another tabloid (The News of The World)
    Yer_Maon April 15, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"Night in, night out, Love begins, love ends" -Perhaps it isn't such a huge tragedy as death in the family, it could be the divorce of the singers parents..

    "My brother and sister and I" -places the singer among the children of the family.

    "The red sun rises, Sadness is still in print" -Yer Ma said Red sun is a popular tabloid newspaper, if the family is popular, even their divorces are many days in the newspaper.
    EuropeanJazzon December 30, 2010   Link

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