The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

Song number five (and last song on side A) on the debut album is "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle". The album version included on the album was recorded in October 1983 at Pluto Studios in Manchester, and it was produced by John Porter.

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

Maybe this was the first song Morrissey and Marr wrote together, ever.

Pretty Girls Make Graves

Upon the sand, upon the bay "There is a quick and easy way" you say... The song "Pretty Girls Make Graves" is found as song number four on the debut album. It lasts approximately 3 minutes and 43 seconds.

Marky Ramone, live in Denmark, Aarhus (Train) 2018

The song is written by Morrissey - Marr.

Miserable Lie

The song "Miserable Lie" is the third song on the debut album (released on 20 February 1984 by Rough Trade Records). It lasts approximately 4 minutes and 27 seconds. It was produced by John Porter.

Midge Ure live in Aarhus (Train, 2019)

You can find a different version on the album, "Hatful Of Hollow", produced by Roger Pusey. This version is also available on "The Peel Sessions" four track EP.

You’ve Got Everything Now

"As merry as the days were long - I was right and you were wrong" ... This song was the second track on the debut album "The Smiths".

Tiny Magnetic Pets in Aarhus Denmark, live 2019

Written by Morrissey & Marr and produced by John Porter. The song lasts four minutes. You can find another version of this song on the album "Hatful of Hollow". You can find a live version of the song on YouTube

Reel Around The Fountain

"It's time the tale were told, Of how you took a child"... The first song on the debut album "The Smiths" was "Reel Around The Fountain". It was written by Morrissey and Marr, produced by John Porter, and lasts approximately 6 minutes.

Midge Ure live, Aarhus (Train) 2019

The song also appears on the compilation album"Hatful Of Hollow".

Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me

"Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" was released in December 1987, and it reached No. 30 in the UK Singles Chart. It was the last of three UK singles from the band's fourth and final studio album, "Strangeways, Here We Come".

Marky Ramone live, Aarhus 2018

The album version contains a one-minute and 55-second introduction, consisting of piano playing against a backdrop of crowd noises from the miners' strike of 1984–85.

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I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish

The song "I Started Something I Couldn't Finish" was released in November 1987 and was also the second of three UK singles from the band's fourth and final studio album, "Strangeways, Here We Come".

Morrissey live, Copenhagen 2014

The song, written by Morrissey - Marr and produced by Stephen Street, reached No. 23 in the UK Singles Chart.

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Girlfriend In A Coma

The song was released on 10 August 1987, and it became the last single by the Smiths to include newly recorded material on the B-side.

Morrissey, Copenhagen 2014

It contains the band's last recorded song, "I Keep Mine Hidden", as well as a cover of a Cilla Black song, "Work Is a Four-Letter Word", both recorded in May 1987.

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Sheila Take a Bow

The single "Sheila Take a Bow" was released in April 1987. It reached No. 10 in the UK Singles Chart, the joint highest chart placing of any other single by the Smiths during the band's lifetime.

Morrissey live, Copenhagen 2014

It was one of the band's many "between album" singles, and not included on any of the studio albums. It was, however, featured on Louder Than Bombs.

The single's two B-sides, Peel Session versions of "Is It Really So Strange?" and "Sweet and Tender Hooligan", are also featured on Louder Than Bombs.

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Shoplifters of the World Unite

"Shoplifters of the World Unite" was released in January 1987. The single reached No. 12 in the UK Singles Chart.

As with most of the Smiths' singles, it was not included on a studio album. It is featured on the compilation albums The World Won't Listen, Louder Than Bombs, Singles, and The Sound of The Smiths.

Morrissey live, Copenhagen 2014

During an interview in 1987 with Shaun Duggan, Morrissey said about the song, that it does not literally mean picking up a loaf of bread or a watch and sticking it in your coat pocket. It's more or less spiritual shoplifting, cultural shoplifting, taking things and using them to your own advantage.

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Ask

"Ask" was released as a single on 20 October 1986 through Rough Trade Records. Credited to singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr, "Ask" is an upbeat, positive pop song built around major chords.

Morrissey live, Copenhagen 2014

Its lyrics discuss shyness and encourage the listeners to overcome their inhibitions. Its multiple guitar parts and complex production led to disagreements regarding its final mix. In addition, Craig Gannon, who at the time was the rhythm guitarist for the group, has claimed he wrote – and was denied credit for – the song's chord structure.

"Ask" continued the Smiths' top 20 streak in their native country, peaking at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart. In addition, it reached number nine on the Irish Singles Chart. Filmmaker Derek Jarman directed the song's music video. As with most of the Smiths' singles, it was not included on an original album. It can be found on the compilations The World Won't Listen and Louder Than Bombs (both 1987) as well as the live album Rank (1988).

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Panic

"Panic" was released in 1986 and written by singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr. This is the first recording to feature new member Craig Gannon. "Panic" bemoans the state of contemporary pop music,
which "says nothing to me about my life", and exhorts listeners to "burn down the disco" and "hang the DJ" in retaliation.

Morrissey live, Copenhagen 2014

The song was released by Rough Trade as a single and reached No. 7 on the Irish Singles Chart and No. 11 in the UK Chart. Morrissey considered the song's appearance on daytime British radio a "tiny revolution" in its own way, as it aired amongst the very music it criticized.

It was later included in the compilation albums The World Won't Listen and Louder Than Bombs.

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