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THE SMITHS Single
Name Girlfriend In A Coma
Release 10 August 1987
Total Length 2:02
2:02 (Monitor Mix)
Recorded Circa March-April 1987
Writer/composer Morrissey / Johnny Marr
Producer Stephen Street
Assisted by Morrissey / Johnny Marr
Art work Cover star: Shelagh Delaney picture from "A Taste Of Honey" (1961 Ed.).
Vinyl Etching UK 7": AND NEVER MORE SHALL BE SO / SO FAR, SO BAD

UK 12": EVERYBODY IS A FLASHER AT HEART/AND NEVER MORE SHALL BE SO

Publisher Rough Trade Records (UK)
Format(s) 7" Vinyl, 12" Vinyl, Cassette
Chart position UK #13
Single chronology
Sheila Take A Bow
Girlfriend In A Coma
I Started Something I Couldn't Finish

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Track list

7" Vinyl

UK - [Rough Trade RT 197]

  1. Girlfriend In A Coma – 2:02 (Morrissey/Marr)
  2. Work Is A Four-Letter Word – 2:09 (Black/Woolfenden)

12" Vinyl

UK - [Rough Trade RTT 197]

  1. Girlfriend In A Coma – 2:02 (Morrissey/Marr)
  2. Work Is A Four-Letter Word – 2:45 (Black/Woolfenden)
  3. I Keep Mine Hidden – 1:57 (Morrissey/Marr)

Lyrics

Girlfriend in a coma, I know
I know - it's serious
Girlfriend in a coma, I know
I know - it's really serious
there were times when I could
have 'murdered' her
(but, you know, I would hate
anything to happen to her)
NO, I DON'T WANT TO SEE HER
Do you really think
she'll pull through?
Do you really think
she'll pull through?
Girlfriend in a coma I know
I know - it's serious
there were times when I could
have 'strangled' her
(but, you know, I would hate
anything to happen to her)
WOULD YOU PLEASE
LET ME SEE HER!
Do you really think
she'll pull through?
Do you really think
she'll pull through?
Let me whisper my last goodbyes

I know - IT'S SERIOUS

Music Video

Live History

Play count (The Smiths concert): 0


Play count (Morrissey concert): 170

Morrissey live history:

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Credits

  • Artwork [Art Co-ordination] - Jo Slee
  • Bass Guitar - Andy Rourke
  • Drums - Mike Joyce
  • Guitar - Johnny Marr
  • Layout - Caryn Gough
  • Model [Cover Star] - Shelagh Delaney
  • Sleeve - Morrissey
  • Voice - Morrissey

Notes

Die-cut black inner-sleeve with catalogue code [RTT 197] printed in white at top-right corner. Standard release with green-tint picture sleeve.

For the misprint EMI pressing with grey cover, see [r=2453422] For the non-misprint CBS pressing with green cover, see [r=12329341] For the non-misprint EMI pressing with green cover, see [r=9213454]


Recorded in Bath during Spring 1987 Love and thanks to Angie Marr XXX

Rough Trade Records 61-71 Collier Street, London N1 9BE

Made In England

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Wikipedia Information

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"Girlfriend in a Coma" is a song by the English rock band the Smiths, written by singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr. It was the first of three UK singles from the band's fourth and final studio album, Strangeways, Here We Come. Inspired by the song "To Be Young, Gifted and Black", "Girlfriend in a Coma" features a lilting acoustic guitar line performed by Marr and lyrics about a hospital-bound lover sung by Morrissey. "Girlfriend in a Coma" was released as a single in August 1987, it reached reaching number 13 in the UK Singles Chart. The single infamously features a cover of the Cilla Black song "Work Is a Four-Letter Word" on the B-side, a decision made by Morrissey that infuriated Marr to the point that it became a reason for the band's break-up in the aftermath of the single's release. As a result, Morrissey appears alone in the song's music video. "Girlfriend in a Coma" has seen critical acclaim for Marr's guitar work and Morrissey's witty lyricism. It has since appeared on multiple compilation albums and has been ranked by music writers as one of the band's best songs.

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