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Sweet and Tender Hooligan
The Smiths Lyrics


He was a sweet and tender hooligan, hooligan
And he said that he'd never, never do it again
And of course he won't (oh, not until the next time)

He was a sweet and tender hooligan, hooligan
And he swore that he'll never, never do it again
And of course he won't (oh, not until the next time)

Poor old man
He had an "accident" with a three-bar fire
But that's o.k.
Because he wasn't very happy anyway
Poor woman
Strangled in her very own bed as she read
But that's o.k.
Because she was old and she would have died anyway
Don't blame

The sweet and tender hooligan, hooligan
Because he'll never, never, never, never, never, never do it again
(not until the next time)

Jury, you've heard every word
So before you decide
Would you look into those "mother me" eyes
I love you for you, my love, you my love
You my love, you my love
Jury, you've heard every word
But before you decide
Would you look into those "mother me" eyes
I love you for you my love, you my love
I love you just for you, my love
Don't blame

The sweet and tender hooligan, hooligan
Because he'll never, never do it again
And...
"In the midst of life we are in death etc."
Don't forget the hooligan, hooligan
Because he'll never, never do it again
And...
"In the midst of life we are in death etc."

Etc! etc! etc! etc!
In the midst of life we are in death etc!
Etc! etc! etc! etc!
In the midst of life we are in debt etc!

Just will you free me?
Will you find me?
Will you free me?
Will you find me?
Will you free me, free me, free me, free me, free me, free me, free me?
Jury will you free me?
Will you find me?
Will you free me?
Will you find me?
How will you find me, find me, find me, find me, find me, find me, find me?
Oh etc! etc! etc! etc! etc! etc!
Etc! etc! etc! etc!
In the midst of life we are in debt etc!
Oh...oh...

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: STEVEN MORRISSEY, JOHNNY MARR

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Hector Garza

Yo this song is literally a masterpiece

ProfAAm

@Charlees заебись, поляк

Charlees

Zajebista nuta ło chłopie

JoeStunner

I remember listening to this on the Peel show and literally trembling with excitement. This was the world's best band at the height of their powers, yet only eight months later, they were gone.

The Dead Xtra's

Oscilate Wildly thank you for your reply it’s all so accurate and meaningful to myself and I hope others will read and take note, reading about your trials and tribulations through your younger years definitely brought a tear to my eye but I’m so glad The Smiths and Morrissey helped save you through a tough time, it really proves what music can do for us on a personal & emotional level, The Smiths lyrics and guitars riffs are so infectious and this is why I have listened them everyday of my life since discovering them whether I’m happy or sad, ‘I’m not happy and I’m not sad’ at present but I shall listened to them everyday till I die. Thank you @Oscillatewildly I loved hearing your experience & honesty and I wish you all the best for the future.

Oscilate Wildly

@The Dead Xtra's I love reading people's experience of discovering the Smiths and the effect it had on them. It was, to use the cliche, life-changing, before that apart from loving Devo & Duran Duran when I was 8 years old, bands held no real importance to me. I was only exposed to commercial music on the radio, when I was 14 a friend handed me a mixed tape and when I heard the Smiths I was amazed, I had never heard anything like it, I was a very lonely isolated teenager, my parents were going through a horrible break up and were very neglectful, Morrissey's lyrics struck such a chord with me because they often described what I was feeling, this helped me understand the emotions I had trapped inside. I could never express my feelings, my parents seemed disinterested and self involved. I was also struck by Morrissey's usage of language, how he was able to express his deepest most painful feelings, even self loathing. These songs were never depressing for me, I think you're right that the people who say this have never really listened to these songs. I think they don't want to face their own vulnerability and insecurities. His brilliant usage of language was so impressive and I read all the classics of English literature, skipping school so I could finish reading The picture of Dorian Grey! Morrissey's unapologetic attitude really helped my self esteem, basically, Morrissey raised me! I learnt everything from him and from expanding my vocabulary I found I could engage with people on a deep level and have really deep conversations. He also inspired a rebellion in me which was life saving, because I had to run away from violence as a teenager and I literally felt as if I was going to die, not from violence but I was so overwhelmed by my feelings and and didn't know how to go about living, I was so young I didn't know how to do it and I had this thought about Morrissey, I guess I'm referring to that punk attitude, fighting spirit and I decided to just live my life away from parents that were emotionally damaging and neglectful and I went to alternative/indie clubs and danced to The Smiths! I made friends with people who had good taste in music!!! When Morrissey sings ,"but don't forget the songs that made you cry and the songs that saved your life" and how accurate that is for me, I'm writing this because I hope that for the people out there who have the patience to read this unintentionally long message, who haven't truly discovered The Smiths and Morrissey, that they know how they helped many people get through difficult times, and how joyful it is to listen to their songs and how much they're missing out on!

The Dead Xtra's

Yes very sad indeed but with an amazing song catalogue left behind for us all to indulge in and never tire of listening to!! Complete works of art!! I listen to a least one Smiths song everyday usually more and always put me in a good mood to pick my guitar up and play or just take in the masterful humous lyrics backed by the beauty of the complimentary guitars. People who’s first response when I say The Smiths are my favourite band that they are depressing have never listened to the songs properly , studied and properly thought about the lyrical genius backed by amazing music, it’s a quick silly response to something they don’t have the brain capacity to ever comprehend!! And it makes me glad they don’t like them, but if they then say oh I like that Hang the DJ or Girlfriend in a coma I find that incredibly insulting and they will never get any respect from me and I’d love to throttle them or cause them an accident with a three bar fire!!
In the midst of life we are in debt etc!!
Sweet & Tender Hooligan another brilliant track of so many.

Jon Cole

Eighteen months after this was recorded, old chap 😉

M White

what age were you?

xXInfinityDiesXx

Underrated

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