THE SMITHS: Is ‘Panic’ Secretly About Jimmy Savile? | James Hargreaves

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Did and Johnny Marr of write their classic hit ‘Panic' about notorious abuser ? examines the evidence.

We delve into the twisted world of , the infamous British television personality and serial abuser, through the lens of ' iconic song “Panic.”

“Panic” is a song by the English rock band , released in 1986 and written by singer and guitarist Johnny Marr. The song bemoans the state of contemporary pop music, which “says nothing to me about my life,” and implores listeners to “burn down the disco” and “hang the DJ,” the latter lyrics repeated with the addition of a chorus of schoolchildren. The song is said to be inspired by the news reports about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the then-Soviet Union, which Marr and found more important than the trivial pop music being played on the radio at the time. But perhaps that story was just a cover.

“Panic” by

()

I'm waiting for the education
Of a man who understands me
But I'll settle for ambition
In a man who doesn't pretend to be

The one that I adore
Is the one who's sure
To be the first to the door

And when the disco's beating
And the lights are subdued
I'll be waiting for you

(Chorus)

Panic on the streets of London
Panic on the streets of Birmingham
I'm terrified and I'm tired
Of the way that things have been

()

I'm waiting for the revolution
That will put an end to corruption
I'm waiting for the day
When we are free from the morons

The one that I adore
Is the one who's sure
To be the first to the door

And when the disco's beating
And the lights are subdued
I'll be waiting for you

(Chorus)

Panic on the streets of London
Panic on the streets of Birmingham
I'm terrified and I'm tired
Of the way that things have been

()

I'm waiting for the fireworks
To illuminate the skies
I'm waiting for the explosion
That will wipe the slate and purify

The one that I adore
Is the one who's sure
To be the first to the door

And when the disco's beating
And the lights are subdued
I'll be waiting for you

(Chorus)

Panic on the streets of London
Panic on the streets of Birmingham
I'm terrified and I'm tired
Of the way that things have been

()

I'm waiting for the hangman
To show his hand and string me up
I'm waiting for the day
When I can hear the sound of silence

The one that I adore
Is the one who's sure
To be the first to the door

And when the disco's beating
And the lights are subdued
I'll be waiting for you

(Chorus)

Panic on the streets of London
Panic on the streets of Birmingham
I'm terrified and I'm tired
Of the way that things have been

()

I'm waiting for the revolution
That will put an end to corruption
I'm waiting for the day
When we are free from the morons

The one that I adore
Is the one who's sure
To be the first to the door

And when the disco's beating
And the lights are subdued
I'll be waiting for you

(Chorus)

Panic on the streets of London
Panic on the streets of Birmingham
I'm terrified and I'm tired
Of the way that things have been[2][3]

Panic reached number 11 on the UK Singles Chart and stayed on the chart for eight weeks. It was voted Single of the Year by the annual NME readers poll and drew negative reaction from some critics who construed 's lyrics to have a racist connotation.

Source: THE SMITHS: Is ‘Panic' Secretly About Jimmy Savile? – YouTube

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