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Cover art
Alternate cover art
Name What Difference Does It Make?
Release 16 January 1984
Length 3:25
Writer/composer Morrissey/Marr
Producer John Porter
Art work
Vinyl Etching
Publisher Rough Trade Records (UK)
Sire Records (US)
Format(s) 7" Vinyl, 12" Vinyl, CD
Chart position UK #12
Single chronology
This Charming Man
What Difference Does It Make?
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now



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 But now you have gone 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 But now you have gone And your prejudice won't keep you warm tonight

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

Music Video

Live History

Play count (The Smiths concert): 77

The Smiths live history:

... further results

Play count (Morrissey concert): 0

Appears On

Discogs Information


  • Bass Guitar - Andy Rourke
  • Drums - Mike Joyce
  • Guitar, Music By - Johnny Marr
  • Lacquer Cut By - John Dent
  • Other [Cover Star] - Terence Stamp
  • Producer - John Porter
  • Voice, Sleeve - Morrissey
  • Words By - Steven Morrissey
  • Written-By - Johnny Marr
  • Written-By - Steven Morrissey


Labels: © 1984 Copyright Control

Back cover: Cover Star: Terence Stamp (courtesy Columbia Pictures)

ROUGH TRADE Records Ltd. 137 Blenheim Cresent, London W11


There are two cover variants of this single: Variant 1: "Terence Stamp" as cover star (this one here) What Difference Does It Make?: "Morrissey" as cover star because Terence Stamp denied his permission for variant 1 (later he changed his mind again and granted the permission)


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Discogs information (additional release)


First UK edition without the band name on the front cover.

Cover Star: courtesy Columbia Pictures

© 1984 Copyright Control UK distribution by The Cartel


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Discogs information (additional release)


This is the second edition with Morrissey on the cover (after a still from the film "The Collector").

© 1984 Copyright Control UK distribution by The Cartel

Catalogue number "RTT 146" on labels, "RTT146" on sleeve.


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Wikipedia Information


"What Difference Does It Make?" is a song by the English rock band the Smiths, written by singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr. It was the band's third single and is featured on their debut album, The Smiths. A different version, recorded for the John Peel Show on BBC Radio 1, is included in the compilation album Hatful of Hollow. The song was one of the band's first significant chart hits, peaking at No. 12 in the UK Singles Chart.