The song lasted only 2:09 minutes, which record label boss Geoff Travis deemed too short. Smiths drummer Mike Joyce recalled to Mojo magazine: "We didn't always choose the right singles. 'How Soon Is Now? ' was originally a B-side remember. Geoff Travis was very sniffy about the length of 'Shakespeare's Sister' but the fact people said we were wrong only fired us up." (Source Shakespeare’s Sister Songfacts).
Young bones groan and the rocks below say
\"Throw your skinny body down, son\"
But I'm going to meet the one I love