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PANIC Lyrics

Artist: The Smiths
Album: BEST...1

Panic on the streets of London
Panic on the streets of Birmingham
I wonder to myself
Could life ever be sane again ?
The Leeds side-streets that you slip down
I wonder to myself
Hopes may rise on the Grasmere
But Honey Pie, you're not safe here
So you run down
To the safety of the town
But there's Panic on the streets of Carlisle
Dublin, Dundee, Humberside
I wonder to myself

Burn down the disco
Hang the blessed DJ
Because the music that they constantly play
IT SAYS NOTHING TO ME ABOUT MY LIFE
Hang the blessed DJ
Because the music they constantly play


On the Leeds side-streets that you slip down
Provincial towns you jog 'round
Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ
Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ
HANG THE DJ, HANG THE DJ, HANG THE DJ
HANG THE DJ, HANG THE DJ
HANG THE DJ, HANG THE DJ
Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ
HANG THE DJ, HANG THE DJ
HANG THE DJ, HANG THE DJ
Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ
HANG THE DJ, HANG THE DJ
HANG THE DJ, HANG THE DJ
Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ, Hang the DJ
HANG THE DJ
Comments/Interpretations
by Smart guy on 5/15/2008 3:02pm
A simple question.............What are we supposed to do with the DJ?
by Jiraiya on 5/30/2008 9:25pm
Hang him!
by Kazuya on 6/30/2008 5:45pm
yeah! hang everybody and the DJ
by iSkRuPuLO on 7/10/2008 3:48am
hang him and burn him down
by Tourette on 7/15/2008 2:54pm
and piss on him
by Mark on 7/16/2008 6:06pm
Its about Stve Wright...factoid
by Jimmy/ on 7/25/2008 10:25pm
So it's telling us we should hang Steve Wright, burn him down then pee on him?
:D

This would be one of my favourite Smiths songs, behind 'There is a light that never goes out' and 'The last of the famous international playboys.'
by PTrd on 7/28/2008 12:05am
Ha ha ha! What great website. I agree, hang him, piss on him, then throw coins at his eyes.
by dphunq on 8/12/2008 6:33am
I think this song has something to do with The Hacienda and the first time a crowd cheered a dj there, it was like the first rave party ever, theirs a movie 24 hour party people
by Templar_Of_Bytecode on 8/17/2008 1:59pm
Yeah, that's the right way to stop the anoying stuff playing guys!
by skebina on 8/20/2008 7:50pm
this song is where panic at the disco get there name from yeah?
by amy, on 8/28/2008 6:17pm
oui, panic did adopt their name from this song and quite rightly so it's quality :D x
by malot on 9/4/2008 2:56am
this song is where panic at the disco get there name from yeah? - RAAAYT.
by andy on 9/11/2008 1:07pm
this isn't where they got it. they got it from a band called name taken.
by RONEN on 10/19/2008 5:55pm
LORA!!! I'm famous!!!

love ya
;)
by Imzel on 10/21/2008 5:28am
Colgarlo!!!
by tede on 10/29/2008 6:04pm
kill a disco!
by mc dabbs on 11/4/2008 2:15am
too much work to hang em all...

grab a beer and have a bbq!
by jerrysmith on 11/16/2008 4:56pm
cmon boys hang all the blesse Djs!!
by Roy on 11/17/2008 4:18pm
It says nothing to me about my life. Indeed.
by john11f on 12/2/2008 1:48am
a song of angst. a sign of the times. completely irrelevant to me but i appreciate the way they make music and how it reflects the lives the musicians lived at that time.
by dynn on 12/6/2008 7:06am
this is where panic at the disco got their name right?
by popupp on 12/18/2008 4:06am
I LOVE the SMITHS. hang the dj hang the dj hand the dj. i also love the song "stop me if you think you've heard this one before" i played that about 20 times today.
by Maxwell on 12/20/2008 6:10pm
He's a witch!
by hayley on 12/31/2008 8:52am
no it isn't the song panic at the disco got their name from. they thought about the name "burn down the disco". but then they settled on "panic at the disco". a line from the song "panic" by name taken.
by SteveScreamo on 1/15/2009 10:10am
This isnt the song Panic at the Disco got their name from, Panic at the Disco S*cks ass!!!
Morrissey your still the best!
by Franko on 1/16/2009 4:50pm
I'm 47 and was there in the 80's digging The Smiths at that time. They still hold up after all these years....chao!
by Mr Smith on 1/20/2009 5:28am
I think we should hang the DJ.
by Timm Slybo on 2/2/2009 5:48am
This song is actually about Margaret Thatcher's tory britain. Thr DJ is the PM (thatcher) and the disco is the (political) Party, the tory party
by fat whore on 3/18/2009 9:55am
Luv this song so much!!
by pijp slet on 3/18/2009 9:56am
Luv this song so much!!

I ove it. so much ill totally olly
by Gatsby on 3/31/2009 3:46pm
Fat Whore I think I love you x
by fc on 4/8/2009 5:35pm
One of my faves from the 80's. Classic SMITHS
by flor on 7/19/2009 1:47am
HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANG THE DJ!
by nora on 7/24/2009 4:34pm
Love This song!!
by sam on 8/23/2009 2:03pm
there are statements (even from the smiths) that this song was composed after steve wrights announcement of chernobyl catastrophy and following up with a WHAM song.

However this might only be one interpretion since the text can clearly be understood as hanging the DJ (queen) and burn down the disco (Buckingham palace). This is supported by the style of the video (flames in front of B. palace and royal crown). Also Thatcherism is criticized by showing graffity concerning LDDC.

As this is the single following up the "queen is dead" album and the public discussion of it afterwards - the Steve Wright incident might have come handy as an excuse.
by yawn on 9/12/2009 1:58pm
hi sam, way to fill a thread with a bucket of BORRRRING!
by sam on 9/15/2009 11:14am
yawn you're stating Comments/ I'm /Interpretations, so what. however good song.
by s gerrard on 9/22/2009 10:15am
give him a good hiding!
by Laurie on 10/18/2009 1:48am
Well, nice info Sam : D
by thom on 12/14/2009 7:07am
cheers sam, good fella
by flor on 12/22/2009 2:38am
este tema es una masa
by Luna on 1/6/2010 12:37pm
Nice info sam!

I love this song... as wel las many other smiths songs...
Glad i'm not a deejay though
by Gunnar on 3/17/2010 7:37am
I always heard
"Hang the present DJ" not "blessed". There is clearly a vocalized "e" after the "s", which wouldn't occur if the lyrics really said "blessed".
by Hayley on 4/7/2010 7:11am
I've never heard something more relevant to common times! "Burn down the disco, hang the blessed DJ, Because the music that they concstantly play, It says nothing to me about my life". It's just pure and utter genius! It's so realevant to all that tripe everybody listens to now-a-days! Morrissey's a fucking genius!
by EnglishTeacher on 5/11/2010 6:10am
@Gunnar:

"Bless-ed" (2 syllables) = adjective.
"Blest" (1 syllable) = verb.

Morrissey is using the adjective here (the blessed DJ), not the verb. so that's why it sounds like the syllable after the "s" is vocalized, because it is, but it's not "present".
by Mr Panic on 9/10/2010 2:15pm
Hang the english techer with the dj !!!
by Leo on 9/16/2010 12:19pm
Ya ya i really wanna the hung it
by Nick on 10/2/2010 11:24am
Oh, blessed Queen I love this Band. I can't say how much this band helped me through my life. With all the bullocks that life throws at us we can always remember that The Smiths were there!
by HANG THE DJ on 12/5/2010 6:56pm
Hang the freakin' DJ
by joolie on 2/3/2011 2:12pm
hang me too
by jydvsn on 3/17/2011 7:35pm
I should be hung after butchering this song in karaoke last night
by G-Man on 5/22/2011 10:11am
Hang every1
by 155Art on 5/24/2011 10:47am
bless us morrissey
by Music sponge on 6/4/2011 7:01pm
Deserve it. I think I helped you through your exams ... Poetry for the Hoi polloi

I'm 44 and love it ... Always have.
by Bob McNeil on 7/14/2011 2:13am
If God were a neurotic Englishman, he would be Morrissey.
by al on 8/8/2011 5:05pm
well there is now panic on the streets of london and as of today panic on the streets of birmingham i live in humberside so could do without a riot please
by sam on 8/8/2011 10:08pm
wow so its happening for real now! morriseys a pleb but hes predicted the future in song. psyche!
by Ron on 8/8/2011 10:35pm
This song is so actual...
by Tim on 8/9/2011 5:27am
This track is a social commentary about the disenfranchisement of vast swathes of the population.

The Disco would be the political establishment, and the DJ would be our Prime Minister.

Indeed, hang the DJ and burn down the disco.... The song that they constantly play says nothing to me about my life.
by caf on 8/9/2011 7:13am
So appropriate right now. Hang the DJ!
by daver on 8/9/2011 9:59am
I love when a decades old song explains a contemporary moment perfectly. Hang the bankers hang the bankers HANG THE BANKERS!
by G on 8/9/2011 10:07am
so if this song predicted the future (that being now) which DJ is gonna hang?
by Isaac on 8/9/2011 6:18pm
It's all happening right now... will we come to the point to actually hang the DJ (prime minister) and burn down the disco (the establishment) ??
by Geraint on 8/9/2011 6:37pm
The first verse just became my fb status. So appropriate right now. Will life ever be sane again?
by J on 8/10/2011 2:29am
Hang the bankers! They're such wankers!
by Caro on 8/11/2011 7:29am
Morrissey is just a fucking visionary poet... love him
by Jody on 8/11/2011 11:13am
I think DJ might just stand for "Dow Jones"
by me on 9/5/2011 4:15pm
visionary.....mm
by anonymus!! on 9/20/2011 11:09am
Lo maximo the smithsss!!!!!...mui buenas canciones!!!...
by Amy on 11/30/2011 5:26pm
if this song has anything to do with panic! at the disco then every member of this band and should be shot. panic are a million times better than these people who cant write for shit.
by jessie gutierrez im a girl on 12/1/2011 10:08pm
Like te song smiths I lreakly liked it make many songs for your fans and I'm one
by Rodders on 12/7/2011 5:51pm
Morrissey = musical genius
by Not the DJ on 12/11/2011 3:37pm
HANG THE DJ I SAID: HANG THE DJ!!!
by Who cares? on 1/20/2012 5:31pm
Hang the DJ
by mike on 1/24/2012 6:53am
don't forget to poop on the dj's forehead after you're done torturing him with pee and pocketchange
by mr fister on 2/14/2012 7:30pm
fist the dj
by The DJ on 2/21/2012 1:11am
Morrissey = self absorbed PRATT
by Morrissey on 3/3/2012 2:26am
Hang him high.. Hang em all high.
by Ballerina on 3/4/2012 6:40pm
Morrisey and the Smiths have been an essential completion during the first steps of my language learning...I used to sing this song and so on to learn to speak more quickly with local people and to grasp at once. After buying a book on Morrisey here directly by the writer-seller... i 've tested his lyrics in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Dublin, Cork. I've missed Leeds, New Castle, Dundee...Anyway that day in London here we are in a pub -two ladies- we met an irish woman and an english man. They came from a close town, they had been married for 6 years and they used to go for shopping in London - local fancy dresses - before to go to the urban AntiChrist..... And then? Panic! Hang the dj!!!
by zombie on 4/10/2012 5:01pm
ballerina, if you used the smiths to learn english, then you are the most awesome person in the world in any language.
by Alan Cameron on 5/25/2012 2:16pm
I think Morrisey is one fucking boring bastard ....but he can't half pen a tune. Johnny Marr on the other hand fucking GENIUS !!!!
by Mr Bawbag on 5/25/2012 2:20pm
It's all about the boots'n Cats and asphixiated DJs....
so it would appear!!!!!!!!!!
by mmmeeee on 5/27/2012 11:42am
i think morrissey is arrogant but he CAN be ;p he's awesome;p so his arrogance is forgiven ;)
by Mmmorrissey on 7/11/2012 3:32pm
I think the lyrics are just a combination of two half-finished lyrics: one song about riots, the other about Morrissey's hatred of Techno music. Sort of an 80s Bohemian Rhapsody if you catch my drift...
Anyway, brilliant stuff!
by Honey Apple on 10/11/2012 10:57pm
the first time i found this song out, i was learning about 'Jack the Ripper' murders in 1888, in London. this weird person started singing this song when we were learning about 'Jacky'. i found that the song fit the moment very oddly. i got chills when the weirdo stoped singing the song when the teacher gave him a detention. i looked up the song, and found that i liked it, in a scary way.
by throughthelookingglass on 11/7/2012 9:58pm
It's about jimmy savile's national noncing tour
by Martina on 11/8/2012 5:15pm
It makes a lot more sense now that we all know about how VILE Sa-vile was.
by Hidden in plain sight on 12/15/2012 6:45pm
What did morrisey know about the dj?
Are they all nonces?
by Eloise on 1/16/2013 8:44pm
Yeah, Panic! got their name from this song, so go Smiths and go Panic!
by mrgrizly68 on 1/29/2013 1:51pm
Savile
by GehGeh on 2/7/2013 7:58am
Hang MadLeeka
Hang MadLeeka
Hang MadLeeka
Hang MadLeeka
Hang MadLeeka
Hang MadLeeka
Hang MadLeeka
Hang MadLeeka
Hang MadLeeka
by Eightysix on 3/5/2013 9:55pm
Hang the DJ? Does the UK have crappy DJs? LOL! Who controls what is played on the radio, the DJ? Or the radio executives/consultants?

In the U.S., the crappy radio is NOT the fault of the DJ - It is the fault of radio executives that will not let the DJ be creative, and hamstrings their choices, to play the same bullshit, and ignore creative indie talent! That's why many great American bands have to go to the UK & become famous first, then HOPE their success will follow them back home!

Hang the Radio Execs!
by 80sMutha on 4/22/2013 4:12am
Buzzed to this song first time around.

It's still 'da bomb' even now, Morrisey is the lyrical mastermind of that age
by Hank on 5/10/2013 7:54am
Hank the dj
by CrazyCosmicChad on 6/3/2013 7:33am
This is a song about radio and the meaningless, vacuous, pop trash that gets all the airplay. There was no room for art and independent music with heart.

The song is not about Thatcher, the Queen, rising up against politicians, or Buckingham Palace.

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. "The music that they constantly play, says nothing to me about my life."
by burnsjed on 12/17/2013 5:41pm
CrazyCosmicChad, if you have paid any attention, you will know Morrissey has always been a social commentator.
Check the video and educate yourself.


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