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What Difference Does It Make? (single)

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THE SMITHS Single
Name What Difference Does It Make?
Release 16 January 1984
Total Length 3:25 (7" edit)
3:50 (album, 12", CD version)
3:10 (Peel Session)
4:04 (Troy Tate studio)
3:19 (Troy Tate outtake)
3:56 (Troy Tate earliest outtake)
4:06 (Crazy Face rehearsal)
Recorded October, 1983 (single version)
Writer/composer Morrissey/Marr
Producer John Porter
Art work Cover star: Terence Stamp in "The Collector" (1965)
Vinyl Etching No matrix message
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?
Hand In Glove (Sandie Shaw release)

Information

Track list

7" Vinyl

UK - [Rough Trade RT 146]

  1. What Difference Does It Make? – 3:20 (Morrissey/Marr)
  2. Back To The Old House – 3:00 (Morrissey/Marr)

12" Vinyl / CD

UK - [Rough Trade RTT 146 / RTT 146CD]

  1. What Difference Does It Make? – 3:20 (Morrissey/Marr)
  2. Back To The Old House – 3:00 (Morrissey/Marr)
  3. These Things Take Time – 2:20 (Morrissey/Marr)

Lyrics

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): 79

The Smiths live history:

... further results

The Smiths live history - played in concert twice:

Play count (Morrissey concert): 0


Appears On

Appears On Covers Compilation

Cover Versions

Discogs Information

Credits

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

Notes

Labels: © 1984 Copyright Control

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

ROUGH TRADE Records Ltd. 137 Blenheim Cresent, London W11

UK DISTRIBUTION by The CARTEL

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)

Notes

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

Cover Star: courtesy Columbia Pictures

© 1984 Copyright Control UK distribution by The Cartel

Images

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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

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

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"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.