You Little Thief

Feargal Sharkey

About You Little Thief

"You Little Thief" is a song by Irish singer Feargal Sharkey, released in 1985 as the second single from his self-titled debut album. It was written by Benmont Tench and produced by David A. Stewart. The song reached No. 5 in the UK and was a hit in several other countries. A music video was filmed to promote the single. The B-side, "The Living Actor", was exclusive to the single. It was written by Anthony Moore and Sharkey, and produced by Sharkey. The extended version of "You Little Thief" was created by Sharkey.  


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You little thief
You let me love you
You saw me stumbling
You watched me fall
You left me broken 
Shattered and bleeding
But there's no hard feelings 
There no feelings at all

You little thief
You little savage
You little beauty 
You little whore
You've taken everything
I had to believe in
Now there's nothing 
To believe in at all

So tell me how does it feel 
To make a grown man wanna die
Does it make you uneasy
Does it every cross your mind

You little dream
You little nightmare
You little nothing
You little girl

You left me broken

There's no hard feelings

Cos when I needed you
You watched me fall

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Feargal Sharkey

Sean Feargal Sharkey (born 13 August 1958) is a singer from Northern Ireland who first found fame as the lead vocalist of pop punk band The Undertones. Since moving away from performing in the early 1990s, he has performed various roles supporting the UK's commercial music industry, winning several awards and honors for his work in that area. more »

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Written by: Benmont M. Tench

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10 facts about this song

Artist Background
"You Little Thief" is a song by Feargal Sharkey, a Northern Irish singer who came to prominence as a member of the punk band The Undertones during the 1970s and later embarked on a successful solo career.
Chart Success
The single was released in January 1986 and peaked at number 5 in the UK Singles Chart. It also topped the charts in Belgium while achieving significant positions in several other European countries.
Song Background
The song was written by Benmont Tench, keyboardist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. This created a connection between two of Sharkey's most notable songs as "A Good Heart," his number one hit, was written by Maria McKee, who was in a relationship with Tench at the time.
Relationship Story
According to some sources, "You Little Thief" and "A Good Heart" are related, with the former being a response song to the latter. "A Good Heart" was by Benmont's girlfriend, Maria McKee, about their break up, and "You Little Thief" was Benmont's response, telling his side of the story.
Music Video
The song’s music video was set in a prison and had a storyline featuring Sharkey being jailed and having to break out.
"You Little Thief" is considered one of Sharkey's most successful and recognized singles in his solo career.
Global Success
Outside of the UK and Belgium, "You Little Thief" also found popularity in Australia and New Zealand, where it reached number 2 and number 5 on the charts, respectively.
Album Inclusion
This song is featured in Sharkey's self-titled debut solo album, which received positive reviews from critics and was commercially successful.
Unique Lyrics
The song’s lyrics revolve around betrayal, deceit, and love. The emotions behind the words are often cited as one of the reasons why "You Little Thief" resonated so strongly with audiences.
Track Length
The length of this song is 6:06 minutes on the album or 4:31 minutes in the single version.

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