"Lifeguard Sleeping, Girl Drowning"|
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 attentionNote: 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).