"Break Up The Family"|
These words are transcribed without permission the way they appear in the "Viva Hate" album. Additions to the printed lyrics are in darker text while omissions are striken out.
The strange logic1 When this song was performed live on the Oye Esteban tour Morrissey usually changed this line to "I want to be with my friends tonight".
2 On a few occasions on the Oye Esteban tour Morrissey sang "resigned well we were to ending my life".
3 On the Oye Esteban tour these lines were usually changed to "to move away from those awful times".
4 On the Oye Esteban tour these lines were often changed to "I'm in love for the last time".
5 Now and again on the Oye Esteban tour Morrissey sang "I'm so glad to be older".
In an interview published in Melody Maker in 1988, Morrissey said "The song 'Break Up The Family' is strongly linked with 'Suedehead' and 'Maudlin Street', that whole period in 1972, when I was 12, 13. 'Break Up' is about a string of friends I had who were very intense people and at that age, when your friends talk about the slim separation between life and death - and you set that against the fact that this period of your youth is supposed to be the most playful and reckless - well, if you utilised that period in a very intense way, well, that feeling never really leaves you. (...) The family in the song is the circle of friends, where it almost seemed, because we were so identical, that for anybody to make any progress in life, we'd have to split up. Because there was no strength in our unity. And that's what happened, we did all go our separate ways, and quite naturally came to no good. I saw one of them quite recently, and it was a very headscratching experience."