"A Swallow On My Neck"
(Morrissey/Alain Whyte)


This song was recorded with producer Steve Lillywhite in March 1994 at a b-sides session for the "Hold On To Your Friends" single (studio unknown). "Moonriver" was also recorded during that session, it did appear on the latter single, but not "A Swallow On My Neck" which was shelved until the end of 1995 when EMI put together the "Sunny" single comprising songs which had been left aside, such as this one.

This song's working title was "The Dennis Cockall Song". It's how it is identified on the master tape.


single version {2:50}
• cd-single of "Sunny"
"My Early Burglary Years" album
"The HMV/Parlophone Singles '88-'95" album


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


This song has only been done in concert on the 1999-2000 Oye Esteban tour. It was introduced in Morrissey's set halfway into the tour, in Glasgow at the beginning of December, and done almost every night until the end of the tour, for a total of 36 performances.

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


acoustic version
Unreleased and uncirculated on bootlegs, in the hands of a few people.
alternate version {4:11}
Taken from a record company cd-r of a scrapped reissue of "Vauxhall & I", this has not yet leaked on bootlegs. This was a new mix done in 2004 specifically for the latter planned reissue.