THIS CHARMING MAN (BBC)

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 complexities
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 rings"
He knows so much about these things
He knows so much about these things

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"

Oh, la-la, la-la, la-la, this charming man ...
Oh, da-da, da-da, da-da, 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


Probably The Smiths' second most famous song (after How Soon Is Now ?), this whimsical tune is enchanting in its flowery lyrics and complex guitar part. This song really did quite a lot to fuel the critic's fire when it came to Morrissey being effete and inconsequential.
The BBC version is one of my favourites among the wealth of available versions; I think that the complex guitar part especially works best in this version.

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