Flipping over Best B-Sides: “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want”

Amazingly, both "How Soon Is Now" and this song appeared on the b-side of the same Smiths single.
The Smiths William It Was Really Nothing

Although this is one of the more well-known Smiths songs, it was just a b-side, appearing on “William, It Was Really Nothing” alongside another classic b-side “How Soon Is Now”. Yes, the Smiths singles, especially the 12″-ers were mandatory for fans, usually containing two b-sides that were often better than the a-sides. The lyric may seem a bit on-the-nose but the way they play and sing the song, it comes off as authentic and heart-wrenching. The song’s short, less than two minutes long, but once you hear it, you can’t forget it.

Here’s a great version from a 2007 solo Morrissey concert, with the Moz in great voice, and sporting an interesting change of lyrics from “let me get what I want” to “let me have who I want”.

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