web rumour claims lyrics to the Smiths ‘Panic’ refer to Jimmy SavileThe net is full of madness and bug eyed speculation  at the moment but then nothing can get as mad as reality and with the Jimmy Savile case threatening the very core of the establishment all manner of rumours are sweeping around.

On David Icke’s site we found this interesting comment about the lyrics of the Smith’s great ‘Panic’ single being about Jimmy Savile, with the writer saying that the song is maybe making a veiled expose of the very establishment that Morrissey hated.

Of course this could all be a load of rubbish and the single is about bland pop music making no connection with people’s lives as Morrissey himself has explained when asked about it but when you read through the lyrics they do seem to make some sort of commentary on this Savile madness from the vantage point of years ago, especially the line with ‘jog’ in it…

Spooky or a load of rubbish- what do you think?


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
Hang the blessed DJ
Because the music they constantly playOn 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
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  1. It’s like the Da Vinci code set to music.

    Hard to take this rumour seriously, given Morrissey & Marr have both always said it was about the general Radio One culture of things being dumbed down and superficial.

  2. Considering morrissey and marr despised the organisation and playlists of bbc radio 1 they wouldnt have first hand knowledge of what saVILE was up to unless they heared a rumour from the very inside. ffs even close workers apparently wasnt in the know well so they said i.e paul (rockstar dead aubiturer) gambichinni so i doubt that panic is about him. the only reference points are leeds town and hang the d.j…i bet i could find 20 songs that could link an event which is untended in a hour. If true then as a massive fan of the band moz and co should be vilified for not speaking out which i for one know he would have, never minced his words so the conspiracy theorists have got this wrong again…Theres more to life than internet u know…but not much more

    • Dazza, I think there are a few more references than the ‘Hang the DJ’, ‘Leeds side streets’ and ‘provincial towns you jog ’round’ lines.

      Take another look at the original promo video, which as you might know was subsequently replaced with a different version with footage of the band overlaid onto the original video so most of the content was obscured (wonder why that might be?).

      The video shows a lot of footage of a ‘first person’ outreached hand in a groping fashion. Children sing the ‘Hang the DJ’ line. The band even bought a child dressed in a school uniform on stage during a performance of the song on the Tube to sing along.

      Thats not to forget the one that seals the deal for me, the end of the promo video shows the lead character kissing a skull, the lead character who is smoking throughout the video btw (albeit a cigar – but for me I believe its a very obvious hint). I think there are possibly other references in the promo video too that I’m not picking up on.

      I’d be very surprised if this song isn’t at least about partially exposing Jimmy Saville as well as a dig at the mindless BBC DJ culture of the time, which I don’t think has changed a great deal. I’m a Smiths / Morrissey fan myself, and I know the whole Chernobyl / Steve Wright thing, and I’m sure that also plays a part of what the song is about too.

      Many people clearly knew about JS antics. The Smiths did numerous Peel sessions. Maybe thats how they became aware or possibly from any other number of folk in the music industry or connected to the BBC who knew about this to some extent. If it is about JS as I and many others think, at least Morrissey did put it out there without setting himself up for a libel case, or something more ominous occurring. Others have intimated about JS down the years, Mark Lamarr, Jerry Sadowitz, Angus Deayton, the band Half Man Half Biscuit, some more directly than others. It’s clear to me anyone who did have anything to say about JS and what he was doing would have probably been ignored, laughed at or threatened. Hence why its probably taken so long for this to become as mainstream as it now has.

  3. According to David Bret’s Morrissey biography, the “hang the DJ” line is actually directed towards Steve Wright, as a result of the then Radio 1 DJ playing Wham’s I’m Your Man straight after a newsflash announcing the Chernobyl disaster!

  4. I always assumed that the song was a reference to Steve Wright and as he Wrighty always got on my nerves so I was happy with that

    On reflection the lines
    The Leeds side-streets that you slip down
    -Savile was from Leeds
    Provincial towns you jog ’round
    -Savile was a marathon runner

    Though I can’t work out a link between Grasmere and
    Jimmy Sad-Vile

    Thought provoking stuff never the less

    • grasmere is wordsworth is that in poetry one can say things that are not acceptable in prose. Could also be reference to grass ie cannabis ie only being able to say the truth when you’re out of it. or it could could be a reference to a place in the north of england that is not ignored by the middle upper class and therefore not closed down by thatchers gov. or most sppokily it could refer to wordsworths “lucy” poems about a young girl and her innocence. the strength of the song is in its ambiguity

  5. Haha John if this is you posting this well you are all over the conspiraloon sites now validating their worldview.
    Other week in Preston when I saw you this Savile bullshit had been crazy on my mind but I tried to keep it light with everyone (and hey I really did mean it about how great side one of To Slay The Rock Pig is, get that reissued and start playing Auto Flesh live, it really was a breathtaking song).

    Morrissey didn’t mean Savile at the time but he may have been in trance state while writing that, unknowingly writing the future. You know the Ceramic Hobs ‘Oz Oz Alice’ 2010 album named the politician who Newsnight alluded to last weekend, lyrics of track three, I had done some research…some weird shit happened in the weeks after the album came out.

    • Can you elaborate? I’m intrigued. I cannot find the lyrics to the song you’re referring to. Also, what ‘strange shit’ happened after the release?

    • Hmmmm, blogger review of the track:

      Bryn Alyn Ghoul Soil:
      Fifty second track of things being knocked about with a barely audible monolgue.

      Would be interested to know the ‘issues’ after releases?

  6. Morrissey has written a few songs from the paedophile perspective, could this be because he is a paedophile himself? If that sounds like an outrageous thing to wonder, ask him about it and maybe print the lyrics Handsome Devil.

  7. People who speak out against the activities of Freemasons, (like Savile) can end up dead. If Morrissey and Marr did know about Savile, they probably knew this, and so the fact that they went as far as they did with the lyrics, makes them brave. If questioned in interviews, they’re not going to say anything apart from bland stuff about objecting to crap music or whatever…. why? Because they’re not stupid.

  8. httpss://youtu.be/aJtLsKtGCSY

    If you start at 0.36, its Bill Maloney, one of the few people who dare to speak out against Freemasonry/Establishment child abuse and murder. He “outs” Harriet Harmen, Jack Straw, .the links between Savile and the abuse in Jersey, he “outs” Prince Andrew and his “friend” Jeff Epstein.. He “outed” the satanic cults in Jersey in a youtube film entitled “sun sea and satan” and his sister (who was one of the children abused) was then murdered as a warning to him to stay quiet, allegedly. The fact that Savile had links to the Pope and royalty, and claimed to be religious, is a smoke screen that only the gullible believe in.

  9. Morrissey was in Salford around the time Sa Vile lived there. Either great synchronicity in the lyrics or Morrisey was on to something. The research on the David Icke site is without peer.

  10. I could be wrong, but it seems to me that ‘Panic’ juxtaposes allusions to the Yorkshire Ripper murders (he killed in Leeds among other places during late 70s early 80s) -and the terror that ensued – with horrible DJs playing bland commercial pop – which I find quite amusing indeed.

  11. What about “Reel Around the Fountain” – I thought of that one immediately. “It’s time the tale were told – of how you took a child and you made him old.”

  12. The true meaning behind the lyrics had to do with the fact that Marr and Morrissey were appalled to hear British DJ  Steve Wright  report the Chernobyl  disaster on the radio and then follow it by playing a Wham!  song. As Marr says in the same interview: “‘Panic’ came about at the time of Chernobyl. Morrissey and myself were listening to a Newsbeat  radio report about it. The story about this shocking disaster comes to an end and then, immediately, we’re off into Wham!’s ‘I’m Your Man ‘. I remember actually saying ‘what the fuck has this got to do with peoples’ lives? ‘ We hear about Chernobyl, then, seconds later, we’re expected to be jumping around to ‘I’m Your Man’.” Although Panic  was not on any Smith’s LP, it is on many of The Smiths’ live albums and singles collections, for any interested listeners.”

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