The music half of this song was sent to Morrissey by Stephen Street in January 1988. It was recorded during the session for the "Everyday Is Like Sunday" single b-sides, in March 1988 at Wool Hall Studios in Bath, with producer Stephen Street. Musicians on the recording were Vini Reilly (guitar), Stephen Street (bass) and Andrew Paresi (drums).
This song has been performed live 135 times by Morrissey, perhaps even up to 138 times if we take into account the fact that some setlists from 1991 have been lost. It was on the setlist for Morrissey's live debut at Wolverhampton in 1988, backed by Andy Rourke, Mike Joyce and Craig Gannon. It was done almost every night on the 1991 Kill Uncle tour for a total of 60 times, perhaps even 63 times. The song was almost always slotted as set closer that year. On the final 11 (or 12 - setlist missing) performances of that tour, Morrissey would sing the first line of "Cosmic Dancer" before the band switched into "Disappointed". The song was done once only at the beginning of the following year's Your Arsenal tour. It was resurrected at the tail end of the Tour Of The Tormentors MMVI and played without interruption on its final 23 dates and on the subsequent Greatest Hits tour's first 45 dates before being given a break, only to return sporadically four addtional times before the end of 2007 and once more in 2014.
No demos or studio outtakes of this song have leaked to the general public at this point in time.