(Morrissey/Alain Whyte)


The song is expected to have been written in 2005, perhaps in the first half of 2006 at the latest. Comments made in interview by producer Tony Visconti (regarding its non-inclusion on the "Ringleader Of The Tormentors" album) hint that it would have been recorded at Forum Music Village in Rome between September and November 2005, at the same time as the material that did make the latter album's track listing. However Matt Walker is credited as the drummer on this song as well as the other b-sides to the single "The Youngest Was The Most Loved", which means that it must have been recorded at a different moment (Matt Chamberlain drummed on the album material), but still with Tony Visconti as producer. Information about recording location and date is needed. Other musicians credited on the recording are Boz Boorer (guitar), Jesse Tobias (guitar), Gary Day (bass) and Michael Farrell (keyboards).


single version {5:18}
• UK/Euro cd-single #2 of "The Youngest Was The Most Loved"
• USA cd-single of "The Youngest Was The Most Loved"
"Swords" album


Jimmy Kimmel Live 20 April 2007 [tv]
This performance is part of a 6-song set recorded by Morrissey for this programme. Unfortunately, only "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy" and the first few seconds of "First Of The Gang To Die" were broadcast and are circulated on video and audio bootlegs. The four other songs, including this one, remain unseen (except by those who attended the taping).


This song has been performed live 135 times by Morrissey. It was done 63 times on the Tour Of The Tormentors MMVI, that's a majority of nights following its live inception one month into the tour. It was done a further 30 times on the 2007-2008 Greatest Hits tour, regularly at the beginning, then more sporadically as the tour progressed. After having been compiled on the Swords album in 2009, it was played every night on the tour promoting it except twice when the concerts were interrupted early (total 24 airings). It was played each and every night on the American leg plus once more on the European leg of the 2014 tour.

There are no officially released live recordings of the song at this point in time.


instrumental demo {5:02}
From the "Ringleader Of The Tormentors" recording sessions, leaked on the internet in 2006 under the title "Get Back To The Ghetto"