Mid 80’s Half Man Half Biscuit song told the truth about Jimmy Savile

Recently we printed the lyrics to the Smiths ‘Panic’ after a net rumour went round about them alluding to Jimmy Savile. As many people pointed out they could have been about many different things and probably about Steve Wright the DJ playing Wham records straight after a Chernobyl news bulletin – trivialising and dumbing down….but there are those weird lines about jogging and side streets of Leeds.

A far more telling lyric comes from the fantastic Half Man Half Biscuit in their song which came from a mid eighties Peel session, there doesn’t seem to be any room for doubt in the lyric about what they are saying and in the second four lines it alludes to some very dark stuff…

“Down at Stoke Mandeville I bumped into Mr IQ
I said €œHey albino, this is not 1972
Stub out your King Edward and get that small boy off your knee
And melt down your rings and things and get yourself off my TV

Jim could you fix it for me
To come down and suck out your kidneys?
I’ve got this young brother, you see
Who wants to stay alive to watch Bilko ”

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  1. Absolutely love HMHB…from back to the dhss, trumpton riots, dickie davies eyes..i could go on and on also had tge pleasure of meeting them when they played at rhondda leisure centre that was surreal i still got my treasured dhss sighned with a quirky message off keep off the grass it will ruin your trainers..they played with words with wit and wisdom and sang what a lot of us were thinking hence the saVILE expose…the only band that didnt want to play top of the pops coz tranmere rovers were playing home…class

  2. It seems that everybody knew about the child abuse. It was the Governments that covered it up. This is a paedophile ring headed by elite and powerful figures who use Inquires as means to continue the cover-up.JUSTICE DENIED: SCALLYWAG MAGAZINE HOW THE TORY’S COVERED UP THE … http://google-law.blogspot.com/2012/10/scallywag-magazine-how-torys-cover-up.html?spref=tw

  3. Its obviously about smoking and Jim’ll fix it. I would say that the child on his knee is him giving out the badge to a child. The song already makes reference to the cigar and that we have moved on since 1972 so I don’t want your smoke killing my brother. However you can make it look darker if you want after all it open season on him now and there is not a dam thing he can do to stop it, is there.

  4. Thinking about it more, its about transplants. The title of the song is I Left My Heart In Papworth General [Back in the D.HS.S.]. Papworth is the place where they carried out heart transplants. It seems that they think that Saville is a bit old fashioned, he was obviously but thats not a crime, so they would like his kidneys for the brother who needs a transplant. The end of the song goes more into the smoking reference :
    When I’m pining for a cigarette
    I think of all the free ones that I’d get
    If I killed myself and came back as a beagle

    I left my heart in Papworth General

  5. The HMHB lyrics – if you want to see them in full – are on The Half Man Half Biscuit Project: http://www.chrisrand.com/hmhb/back-in-the-dhss/i-left-my-heart-in-papworth-general/

  6. Its about transplants and nothing to do with abuse. The title of the song is I Left My Heart In Papworth General [Back in the D.HS.S.]. Papworth is the place where they carried out heart transplants. It seems that they think that Saville is a bit old fashioned, he was obviously but thats not a crime, so they would like his kidneys for the brother who needs a transplant.

  7. It’s clear that everyone thought Savile was a headcase and he used this to his advantage and, looking back at old footage, was pretty blatant about a lot of things, so blatant that it would have thrown most people off, I guess! Anyway, can we take a look into the lyrics of Sealclubbing? Particularly the (non)dangers of Haliborange, there’s a cautionary tale, right there!

  8. Is this the Daily Mail we are reading or what?
    It only tells the truth that he smoked cigars, wore lots of gold and had children sit on his knee on his TV show.

  9. Has anybody bothered asking the band what the lyrics meant …..??

  10. More likely it was just the super cynical Nigel Blackwell highlighting the irony that the NHS relied so heavily on charity fun runs by the country’s most famous smoker. Of course, both the Smiths and 1/2 man 1/2 biscuit did John Peel sessions, so it may be they heard rumours, but having listened to the song many hundreds of times over the years I’d never leapt to that particular conclusion.

  11. Jerry Sadowitz was talking about it in the mid 80s too http://vimeo.com/52162279

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