a short site about The Divine Comedy

French version


Lyrics & Music: Neil Hannon

Published by: Copyright Control / Damaged Pop Music / BMG Music Publishing Ltd.

Originally interpreted by: The Divine Comedy


To see the lyrics, click on the name of the version you are interested in (on the left).




This song, taken from the Timewatch EP and also to be found on the Europop CD, might have been played live in 1991. As we have no evidence of it, we’d be glad if anyone who knew anything about it could contact us.

The title is likely to be a reference to U2’s song ‘With A Shout’.

Asked whether it was an allusion to the troubles [1], Neil said it might be though he’d ever thought of it. Anyway, the lyrics aren’t very transparent (who are “them” ?). We know that Neil used to preach socialism when he was still in school, which would tend to confirm that this song has a political concern.
Any suggestions of readings are welcome, though!

[1] Magic Mushroom 10/1993