These words are transcribed without permission the way they appear in the "Hatful Of Hollow" album. Additions to the printed lyrics are in darker text while omissions are striken out.
All the streets are crammed with things1 In early 1985, Morrissey changed this line to "I know what teeth are for, and I'd like to help myself" on a few occasions.
2 Actually Morrissey only repeats the first part of the refrain this time. He ends it by singing the slightly different "I said, I say, I say".
3 In live performances of this song, Morrissey has been known to occasionally adapt this line to the visited town: "There's more to life than Leeds, who know but not much more" or "There's more to life than Poole, who know but not much more".
"It's an adult understanding of quite intimate matters." Also: "We must stress that 'Handsome Devil' is aimed entirely towards adults and has nothing to do with children, and certainly nothing to do with child molesting."
"...the message of the song is to forget the cultivation of the brain and to concentrate on the cultivation of the body. 'A boy in the bush...' is addressed to a scholar. 'There's more to life than books you know, but not much more' - that is the essence of the song. So you can just take it and stick it in an article about child-molesting and it will make absolutely perfect sense. But you can do that with anybody. You can do it with Abba."
"'Handsome Devil': It took a week or two to get my head round it. I knew I wanted to do it, but it took a while to get used to, with him singing those sort of lyrics."