THIS CHARMING MAN Lyrics - The Smiths

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A punctured bicycle
On a hillside desolate
Will nature make a man of me yet ?

When in this charming car
This charming man


Why pamper life's complexity
When the leather runs smooth
On the passenger seat


I would go out tonight
But I haven't got a stitch to wear
This man said "It's gruesome that someone so handsome should care"


A jumped up pantry boy
Who never knew his place
He said "return the ring"
He knows so much about these things
He knows so much about these things


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I would go out tonight
But I haven't got a stitch to wear
This man said "It's gruesome that someone so handsome should care"
Na, na-na, na-na, na-na, this charming man ...
Na, na-na, na-na, na-na, this charming man ...


A jumped up pantry boy
Who never knew his place
He said "return the ring"
He knows so much about these things
He knows so much about these things
He knows so much about these things


New York version adds :

I would go out tonight
But I haven't got a stitch to wear


I would go out tonight
But I haven't got a stitch to wear
Oh, la-la, la-la, la-la, this charming man ...
Oh, la-la, la-la, la-la, this charming man ...


A jumped up pantry boy
Who never knew his place
He said "return the ring"
He knows so much about these things
He knows so much about these things
He knows so much about these things






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THIS CHARMING MAN | Reviewer: Zoila | 8/20/13

I've listened to this song hundreds of times and I've never thought anything but that it's about a young dude who's gay (but doesn't know it or admit it to himself yet), gets picked up by an older gay man, (possibly his future self - that's a good one, never thought of it) and all of a sudden it becomes clear to him who and what he is.

review | Reviewer: ldaly | 4/8/13

It's about meeting his future self! An ambitious young man who came from nothing and made something of himself. One may argue how he could meet his future self? But let's not pamper life's complexities! In other words don't read too much in to that bit just take it for what it is. Arts for arts sake!

Gay, gay, gay, gay, gay. | Reviewer: Arthur Rimbaud | 11/21/12

Okay, let us all go through this in steps. "Punctured bicycle on a hill side, desolated." Young man pops a bike tire on a hill side. "When this charming car, this charming man." Oh look, a dashing older-than-I gentlemen offers the young man a ride. "This man said "It's gruesome that someone so handsome should care"." The off hand compliment from older-than-I gentlemen. "He said "return the ring" He knows so much about these things." They continue talking and become infatuated with each other, when the young man tells the older man that he's going to propose to his lover the man tells him it's a bad idea, and infatuated by the elder man he convinces himself it is right to throw off the engagement. It's pretty much about a troubled young man taking advice from (and falling in love with) an older man who picks him up off the side of the road after his bike bursts a tire.

this charming man | Reviewer: X | 8/29/12

I never saw this song as being homosexual! I just thought that it was about a young lost guy who meets a classy man who teaches him life lessons and such. For example, "return the ring" being to tell him not to get married at such a young age, and everything. Like sort of 'making a man of him', like the start symbolizes.

4 mojos sake | Reviewer: johnnie | 2/24/12

beautiful catchy song with cool lyrics, i think of it as a noble gesture of an old man helping out a boy with a flat tire on his beat up ruinned bicycle, when the boy jumped to the leather passenger seat, he gets a hand full of wisdom and experienced perspectives that makes the boy feel confident enough to invite his girlfriend out even he knows he doesnt have a stitch to wear, but it doesnt matter cuz the boy is happy to go out with that special girl....beautiful!!!.

my point of view | Reviewer: sima | 9/26/11

I mean "this charming man" is reference to Morrissey himself. You know, he's so charming, but he's got such a pointless problems like he "haven't got a stitch to wear", or "punctured bicycle". And
"this man said it's gruesome that someone so handsome should care" about these little things. And yeah, it's actually all his life about: He is charming, but he's got such a issues with his shyness, self-confidence and stuff.

This song makes me happy | Reviewer: some random 13 year old | 8/10/11

Reading all of these reviews... Wow. I actually never thought of it that way. That's the same way my dad revealed the true nature of Steely Dan's Pearl of the Quarter (a man falls in love with a prostitute) XD. I don't tend to analyze the lyrics, I just like the sound of them and the music in the background. Tonight I was sad, I had cried earlier, then I played this song in my head and the upbeat sound of it made me feel better. I have a new song in my favorite songs list.

interpreting | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/24/11

I came here because I couldn't make out one of the words in the opening line. I had always interpreted this song to be about a kid raised in the boondocks, swept off his feet by an older, classier man. He's sort of lured into homosexuality, but is afraid to leave it, even when their class differences keep popping up.

simple enough | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/14/10

it's about a guy falling in love with a married man...simple enough no?

jumped up pantry boy is based on the play, Sleuth.

I've never seen it, but if i were to take a stab at it, it basically just says that the young boy was out of line for asking the man to leave his wife. i guess it is a bit condescending to say that he doesn't have a right to say it.

not so charmed man | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/19/09

i never actually cared to look for an actual interpretation of the lyrics. but it seems to me that the 'charming man' appears patronising. it seems like there is a difference in class between the two. from experience the upper classes have been known to be a little condescending in this situation. whatever interpretation you have, it works may it be positive for your husband or negative for somebody else.

Irony. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/5/09

Not writing any sort of analysis to the song in question ...

I'm just amused because this song makes me think of one person only. Someone with whom I passionately connected over the course of 8 days, someone I will probably never see again ... at least for many years.

It's just ironic because his name is Keith, a name that another reviewer mentioned, ha. I guess we all have our charming men ...

one of the best songs ever | Reviewer: danko | 9/19/07

another spectacular performance by Morrisey, words are too washed out to describe the quality!

Insanity | Reviewer: dre | 9/14/07

This song is insane!! I was on a hillside, flat tire in hand, and a charming man indeed saved me. Morrissey- I feel you! After that, I'm lost in a world of wonderous emotion. I write this with the only other person who can understand me. Keith. Are there others out there like us who feel what we feel?

in response to Nicola | Reviewer: Litely Battered | 4/21/07

A song about homoeroticism reminds you of your husband?

lyrics need updating | Reviewer: keith | 2/3/07

this is one of the best songs ever written...by anyone. i sent an update to the lyrics, but they have yet to be posted...it's not "country boy" but "a jumped up pantry boy"...and others


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