"Lifeguard Sleeping, Girl Drowning"
(Morrissey/Boz Boorer)


These words are transcribed without permission the way they appear in Morrissey's "Vauxhall & I" album. Additions to the printed lyrics are in darker text while omissions are striken out.

Always looking for attention
always needs to be mentioned
who does she
think she should be?
the shrill cry through darkening air
doesn't she know he's already
had such a busy day?
tell her... sshhh
somebody tell her... sshhh
No way, no way
There's no movement, no

It was only a test
but she swam too far
against the tide
she deserves all she gets
the sky became mad with stars
as an out-stretched arm slowly
oh hooray
No, there's no movement, no
hooray, hooray

Please don't worry
there'll be no fuss
she was... nobody's nothing
When he awoke
the sea was calm
and another day passes like a dream
There's no, no way


Note: The looped sample of "What's your name?", heard before the last verse and at the end, was lifted from the 1942 film "In Which We Serve". The voice is that of actress Kay Walsh.



In an interview published in French magazine Les Inrockuptibles in 1995, Morrissey said "It's a song inspired by real facts but what's the use of talking about it since the girl in question in this song sank a long time ago? (smile)... Yes, I can be cruel. Yes, I can be as cruel with women as with men."

Jo Slee, who used to be Morrissey's personal assistant, believes that the song is about herself (quote and source needed).