"The Hand That Rocks The Cradle"|
Lyrics (or an early variation of them) were supposedly written by Morrissey in 1980 or before, as Morrissey sent a home-recorded acapella demo of a song with this title to Richard Boon in 1980.
The song as we know it now was written in May-June 1982. It turned out to be the first completed song by Morrissey and Marr. A demo was first recorded on Marr's TEAC recorder at the time the song was written.
The song was first professionally recorded in August 1982 at the band's first studio session at Decibel Studios in Manchester, alongside "Suffer Little Children". This version features Johnny on back vocals and guitar, Dale Hibbert on bass and Simon Wolstencroft on drums.
It was professionally recorded with the band's definitive line-up in July/August 1983 at London's Elephant Studios with producer Troy Tate in the initial sessions for the band's debut album.
The definitive version was recorded in mid-October 1983 at Pluto Studios in Manchester, with producer John Porter.
This song has never been performed specifically for radio or television.
This song has been performed live 5 times by the Smiths, perhaps up to 7 times when taking into account the number of unknown setlists from those very early Smiths days. The debut performance was on the band's live debut on 4 October 1982 and the final one on their seventh known concert, on 21 May 1983, which is still very early in their live career.
There are no officially released live recordings of the song at this point in time, but bootleg recordings are circulated.
Where did a song like 'Hand That Rocks The Cradle' come from?