THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
167-The Smiths-What Difference Does It Make.?
1984-Number 12 single.
Best Bit-At 2.39.It would have been useful to have hired The Bee Gees for this bit.
The character Ray Smith in the Jack Kerouac novel ‘The Dharma Burns’ repeatedly says ‘What difference does it make?’ as well as ‘Pretty girls make graves,’ which is also the title of another song on The Smiths self titled debut Album.
The song is about being rejected by a close friend after they find out a secret about you.There have always been strong rumours that The Smiths front man Morrissey is singing about how he was snubbed by a friend after revealing that he was gay.
As usual the music was written by Johnny Marr with lyrics by Morrissey(see also best songs 940-673 and 222,) who has stated his distaste for the song. Morrissey has said ‘The song is musically interesting but lyrically it is very….Simon Le Bon. I find the lyrics facile and mildly embarrassing.’
‘All men have secrets and here is mine.’
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