WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE ? (TATE)

All men have secrets and here is mine
So let it be known
For we have been through hell and high tide
I think I can rely on you ...
And yet you start to recoil
Heavy words are so lightly thrown
But still I'd leap in front of a flying bullet for you

So, what difference does it make ?
So, what difference does it make ?
It makes none, ah
But now you have gone, ah
And you must be looking very old tonight

The devil will find work for idle hands to do
I stole and I lied, and why ?
Because you asked me to !
But now you make me feel so ashamed
Because I've only got two hands
Well, I'm still fond of you, oh-ho-oh

So, what difference does it make ?
Oh, what difference does it make ?
Oh, it makes none, ah
But now you have gone, ah
And your prejudice won't keep you warm tonight

Oh ...
Oh, the devil will find work for idle hands to do
I stole, and then I lied
Just because you asked me to
But now you know the truth about me
You won't see me anymore
Well, I'm still fond of you, oh-ho-oh

But no more apologies
No, no more apologies
Oh, 'cause I'm too tired
I'm so sick and tired, oh
And I'm feeling very sick and ill today, oh
But I'm still fond of you, oh-ho-oh

Oh, my sacred one ...
Oh ...


A pointer towards Morrissey's later fondness for stupidly long songnames (qv We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful) this is an "early" Smiths song - after a while, the attraction sort of drains out of it, and you don't like it half as much (at around the same time you learn to appreciate growers like I Don't Owe You Anything).
The Tate version is generally fairly solid, with some swooping and diving sound effects sublimated on the John Porter version. Morrissey accompanies himself on backing vocals for a short section of the song. The song actually lasts much longer than later versions, perhaps indicating Morrissey's increasing dislike of the song.

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