HOW SOON IS NOW ? Lyrics - The Smiths

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

You shut your mouth
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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 somebody 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

Length : 6:46 (album version), 3:53 (USA edit), 3:41 (7" edit)
Genre : Alternative rock
Recorded : Mid-1984
Released : 28 January 1985
Label : Rough Trade, RT176 (7"), RTT176 (12")
Format : 7" single, 12" single
Producer : John Porter
Writer(s) : Johnny Marr, Morrissey

"How Soon Is Now?" is a song by the British alternative rock band The Smiths. Written by Smiths singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr, it was originally a B-side of the 1984 single "William, It Was Really Nothing". "How Soon Is Now?" was subsequently featured on the compilation album Hatful of Hollow and on American, Australian and Warner UK editions of the group's second album Meat Is Murder (1985). It was belatedly released as a single in the UK in 1985, where it reached number 24 on the UK Singles Chart.

Sire Records chief Seymour Stein called it "the 'Stairway to Heaven' of the Eighties", while co-writer Johnny Marr described it as "possibly our most enduring record. It's most people's favourite, I think." Despite its prominent place in The Smiths' repertoire, however, it is not generally considered to be representative of the band's style. Although a club favourite, "How Soon Is Now?" did not chart as well as writers Morrissey and Marr had expected. Most commentators put this down to the fact that the song had been out on vinyl in a number of forms before being released as a single in its own right. The original track runs for nearly seven minutes; however, the 7" single edit cut the length down to under four minutes. The complete version is generally used on compilations. The song has been widely praised for the artistry of its lyrics.

A cover of the song by Love Spit Love was used in the soundtrack for the 1996 film The Craft, and later appeared as the theme song of the television series Charmed for all eight of its seasons. The song briefly made an appearance in the 4th episode of BBC's show Inside the Human Body.

The song's title was inspired by a line in Popcorn Venus: Women, Movies and the American Dream by Marjorie Rosen, which Morrissey picked as one of his favourite books in NME in 1983. From Wikipedia





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Sexuality | Reviewer: beth | 7/1/13

This song, is NOT about being a closet gay, like a few people are saying. Morrissey is an asexual. Asexuality is basically not feeling any sexual attraction. Most asexuals still want to be loved and cared for (such as heteroromantics, homoromantics) it's not about his lacking skills in pulling someone at the club, it's about his lack of sexual drive towards the people in the club but him still wanting to be with someone, just not in a sexual way.

Its pretty clear | Reviewer: Chaz | 5/18/13

He's talking about being too shy to approach potential mates in clubs, and his frustration at continually failing to pull. Its nothing to do with being gay. If you think that you should read the words and stop telling people to "wake up" to a stupid conclusion

about the lyrics | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/19/13

Lyrics shouldn't be read into too deeply. It's good to discuss them, but the lyrics of a song should be the best way of communicating the message that it was meant to, the best way of conveying some type of meaning, through words at least. I feel trying to explain this song would only take away from its meaning. For example, I could say the song is about a shy person trying to meet someone, looking for love, not for just a one night stand, and finding it difficult.

Oh, nothing in particular... | Reviewer: MonsieurMorbid | 2/16/13

I grew up with this song, and probably will die with it. When I was young, I used to think that Mozz was saying "sun and air" :P

I interpret the "nothing in particular" as a sardonic reference to a line that shy people say when asked a small talk question, such as "What did you do this weekend?" Response: "nothing in particular..."

The "son and heir" in this case means that the speaker is so used to the "nothing in particular" line that it almost ingrains itself inside.

The Smiths forever!

"stand on your own" | Reviewer: Shoplifter | 12/4/12

This song always made the hair on my arms/neck stand up. Not just lyrics..I'm half deaf when it comes to lyrics....but the music itself is also ...amazing. Its true what "the critics" say...one of the best song of the 80's I would probably probably agree...now.

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Well its obvious he read a lot and he's stealing lines here and there.
What are the rest of the lyrics of his other songs like?...they are like journal/diary writing and that's what this is.

Its about alienation, not fitting in, loneliness, sexuality (not just gay, as that would be too simple), teenage angst/weirdness. The need to be wanted - BEING WANTED BY SOMEONE ELSE

There's a club, if you'd like to go
You could meet somebody 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

I think this is what gget me.

"And you go home
And you cry
And you want to die"

It tells you directly...who usually feel that way?...teenagers.

35/40 olds..maybe but we've been though that shit before, so they wouldn't express it that way.

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I'm not a Morrissey (band) fan...his music is too depressing, but the stuff he wrote (or half lifted) with Smiths is really great. Imagine if he actually, took the chance and tried shifting the style of music with Johnny Marr.


Just damn good | Reviewer: david hare | 1/11/12

I was born in 58 as was Morrissey.This song would play at closing in a favorite nightclub in my city when I was in my 20's. Some nights, it completely nailed exactly what I & others were feeling as we shuffled out into the 2AM summer night.Alone. It was truly a masterpiece then..& it is now.

My Interpretation | Reviewer: Brett | 12/19/11

Okay, it sounds like he had been patiently waiting for love, but it never came. His failed attempts have turned into hopelessness and impatience and anger, which I think are justified feelings because he had been patient and he did try, but to no avail. Now he says that his shyness is to blame. I guess because his shyness was something he could never get rid of completely, he turns to anger in order to find love, an emotion that would already arise from his powerlessness, or feeling of it. I don't feel that blaming his shyness out of anger is justified, but it is in the song, and does help explain some things. Being angry doesn't do much for meeting new people who may be interested in him, so he writes a song. And maybe it works. If it doesn't, then it at least helps him with how he feels like he's no one. Hence why it's a popular song. And maybe why he found love, if he did. His writing is always better than being or feeling like no one, and better than being just shy. So as far as my interpretation is concerned, something along these lines. Or maybe he just wrote the song so people can try to figure him out... j/k.

who knows | Reviewer: gerald | 12/19/11

Maybe it's about a nobody transforming himself into a mysterious someone by expressing himself using these words. What's funny is that through the music and the words we have trouble grasping who he is (or why he wrote it), although it's better than being no one. But it's possible he's confusing his feelings about who he is as a person on the outside with who he is as someone's significant other, who is at best, still a mystery to him.

Big applause | Reviewer: anonymous | 12/16/11

Big applause to anonymous 5/23/11. I agree that the real anti-social people are the ones that but the labels on other people thinking that it's not anti-social at all. Meaning labels like he is strange, crazy, loco, freaky, ugly, etc. No one is nothing until anotherone says he is something. I am nothing. I am nothing. I am nothing. I am nothing. I am nothing. And I am everything good and bad things are in me. And I will live my life in peace and harmony. I say NO, and you say YES (and you will change your mind).God save the queen y al rey de España.

Neil really? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/23/11

Neil really? I think that for one we can all agree that this is a song about alienation and wanting to be loved.Just look at the lyrics again if you don't think so.
So what kind of BS is this "It's a shame the anti-social "it's just a song" crowd have to come.."
This comment labels people as anti social and even implies that they don't belong looking up the lyrics to this song that might help them feel better about being alone(the exact thing that implies this is when you say the anti social crowd creating two different crowds one that fits in and one that doesn't and then you even say they "have to come here" (it should be they had to come here btw) as if their opinions don't matter and that they don't belong here and I might add you are saying they don't belong looking up lyrics to a song about alienation Really?? You're kind of missing the whole point of the song.
Also I agree that people have different interpretations of songs but why the hell are you going to make people that try to look for comfort in a song, feel even more alienated than they already did?

Interpretation | Reviewer: Lauren | 4/13/11

We all have different interpretations of the lyrics, because we're people, and the song will have a different meaning for each of us, whether that's politics, religion, homosexuality, whatever.

For me, it's about the need to feel loved. 'I am human and I need to be loved, just like everybody else does', and then the lines about the club 'you could meet somebody, 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.' The club line, in particular, for me, is about the need to be loved. How people feel they can just go to clubs and they have this idea in their head that they will meet someone 'who really loves them'. But they usually don't, and they 'stand on their own' and then 'go home, and cry, and want to die'.

This also ties in with the last four lines:
'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'.

For me this is saying they've been waiting so long for someone to love, to love them, but they've waited to loo long and 'all their hope is gone'.

Then the 'you shut your mouth' lines seems to be him talking to someone who has accused him of 'going about things in the wrong way' but his motivations for it are love.

The son and heir lines, for me, are that he has inherited shyness, which he finds 'criminally vulgar', as it probably doesn't help in his quest for love. Then he says he has inherited nothing in particular, so this for me is him feeling quite worthless.

This is just my interpretation of the song because that is the best way I can relate to the song. We all interpret things so that we can relate to them. We're probably all wrong.

I UNDERSTOOD | Reviewer: Splinter | 4/10/11

I think it deals with shyness in all context of the song, not everyone succed in life, not everyone find love on the corner of the street.. "i am the son and the heir of a shyness that is criminally vulgar" ..the song is dedicated to young people who has problem to fit in the society.. shy people not gay people.. i think that is a problem that the world don´t want to understand.

Song And History | Reviewer: Ars Nova | 3/19/11

I laugh at the dummy G.I. on the steeple of Sainte-Mere-Eglise. I'm American. They should repatriate the graves, even Capt. John H. Miller's, and put up some nice condos. In WWI, Germany found out just how expensive a sustained war can be. They even excavated lead pipes for bullets. WWI was a land grab by the wealthy nations. The Zimmerman communique and Germany's unrestricted sunmarine warfare was the U.S. casus bellum. Adolph Hitler, initially, was right. But his annexation of Czechoslovakia and Poland, the "final solution" and his attack on Leningrad assured Germany's defeat. Like Ludendorf and his spies seeking out "defeatism" in the German public, the Morrissey-Marr composition "How Soon Is Now?" is a song detailing defeatism. The subject craves intimacy, is told to try the pub with no success. But he "cries and wants to die" which is evident of a defeatest mindset.

Sexuality | Reviewer: Rob | 2/11/11

It's about a closet gay. Read the words, that's what it's about. Trying to come to terms with being gay on your own and going to the club, only not having the courage to act. I am the son and heir, in other words he's expected to make babies. I am and human and need to be loved like everyone else.

Wake up.

My life | Reviewer: Godoy | 1/27/11

All the discussion about this song is simply nonsense. It tells about my teenager time, and everyone had that feeling. What about going out and feel you do not belong to that society??? To the place you were, waiting for someone to love you and spending your time with dull people??? that's the 80's fella!


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