"Hold On To Your Friends"
(Morrissey/Alain Whyte)

 

The song was very likely written in the first half of 1993. It was recorded with producer Steve Lillywhite during the "Vauxhall & I" sessions which stretched from June to August 1993 at Hook End Manor. Musicians on this recording were Boz Boorer (guitar), Alain Whyte (guitar), Jonny Bridgwood (bass) and Woodie Taylor (drums).

 

album / single version {4:03}
"Vauxhall & I" album
"Hold On To Your Friends" single, all formats
"Suedehead - The Best Of" album
"íThe Best Of!" album
"The HMV/Parlophone Singles '88-'95" album
"Vauxhall & I" album, 20th anniversary edition [remastered 2014]

 

This song has never been performed specifically for radio, television or the web.

 

This song has been done live a total of 42 times by Morrissey. It was on the setlist on the first 18 dates of the Boxers tour before being dropped for the remaining 6 ones. It returned later that year for the first 4 concerts of the tour promoting the "Southpaw Grammar" album, then dropped again. It was done another 26 times in the latter part of the 1997 Maladjusted tour, after Morrissey started giving more exposure to his material from "Vauxhall & I" and "Southpaw Grammar" at the expense of the album being promoted.

live Blackpool 8 February 1995 {4:14}
"Introducing Morrissey", a live concert on video

 

No demos or studio outtakes of this song have leaked to the general public at this point in time.

 

Quotes

In a 1994 interview to Details magazine, Morrissey said of this song "It was written about somebody I know in relation to their treatment toward me. (...) It is a lack of trust. I'm simply waiting for people to do something damaging. And they inevitably do."