"Lifeguard Sleeping, Girl Drowning"
(Morrissey/Boz Boorer)


The song was very likely written during the recording sessions for the "Vauxhall & I" album which took place between June and August 1993 at Hook End Manor. It was recorded with producer Steve Lillywhite and musicians Boz Boorer (guitar), Alain Whyte (guitar), Jonny Bridgwood (bass) and Woodie Taylor (drums).


album version {3:42}
"Vauxhall & I" 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 never been done live. It was soundchecked on the 1995 Boxers tour, but never made the setlist.


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



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).