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Sheila Take A Bow (single)

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THE SMITHS Single
Name Sheila Take A Bow
Release 13 April 1987
Total Length 2:41
Recorded January 1987
Writer/composer Morrissey / Johnny Marr
Producer Stephen Street
Assisted by Morrissey / Johnny Marr
Art work Cover star: Candy Darling in Women In Revolt (1971) by Paul Morrissey
Vinyl Etching COOK BERNARD MATTHEWS
Publisher Rough Trade Records (UK)
Line Records (Germany)
Format(s) 7" Vinyl, 12" Vinyl, CD
Chart position UK #10
Single chronology
Shoplifters Of The World Unite
Sheila Take A Bow
Girlfriend In A Coma

Information

Track list

7" Vinyl

UK - [Rough Trade RT 196]

  1. Sheila Take A Bow – 2:40 (Morrissey/Marr)
  2. Is It Really So Strange? – 3:04 (Morrissey/Marr)

12" Vinyl

UK - [Rough Trade RTT 196]

  1. Sheila Take A Bow – 2:40 (Morrissey/Marr)
  2. Is It Really So Strange? – 3:04 (Morrissey/Marr)
  3. Sweet And Tender Hooligan – 3:34 (Morrissey/Marr)

CD (mini-album)

Germany - [Line Records – LICD 9.00308 L]

  1. Sheila Take A Bow – 2:40 (Morrissey/Marr)
  2. Is It Really So Strange? – 3:04 (Morrissey/Marr)
  3. Sweet And Tender Hooligan – 3:34 (Morrissey/Marr)
  4. Shoplifters Of The World Unite – 2:56 (Morrissey/Marr)
  5. Half A Person – 3:35 (Morrissey/Marr)
  6. Panic – 2:21 (Morrissey/Marr)
  7. London – 2:06 (Morrissey/Marr)

Lyrics

Is it wrong to want to live on your own?
No, it's not wrong, but I must know
How can someone so young
Sing words so sad?

Sheila take a, Sheila take a bow
Boot the grime of this world in the crotch, dear
And don't go home tonight
Come out and find the one that you love and who loves you
The one that you love and who loves you

Oh
Is it wrong not to always be glad
No, it's not wrong, but I must add
How can someone so young
Sing words so sad

Sheila take a, Sheila take a bow
Boot the grime of this world in the crotch, dear
And don't go home tonight
Come out and find the one that you love and who loves you
The one that you love and who loves you

Take my hand and off we stride
Oh, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
You're a girl and I'm a boy
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
la, la, la, la, la

Take my hand and off we stride
Oh, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
I'm a girl and you're a boy
La, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la

Sheila take a, Sheila take a bow
La, la, la, la, la, la
Throw your homework onto the fire

Come out and find the one that you love
Come out and find the one you love

Music Video

Live History

Play count (The Smiths concert): 0


Play count (Morrissey concert): 1

Morrissey live history:

Appears On

Appears On Covers Compilation

Cover Versions

Discogs Information

Credits

  • Bass Guitar - Andy Rourke
  • Coordinator [Art Co-ordination] - Jo Slee
  • Drums - Mike Joyce
  • Guitar, Piano - Johnny Marr
  • Layout - Caryn Gough
  • Mastered By - Tim Young
  • Sleeve, Voice - Morrissey
  • Written-By - Johnny Marr
  • Written-By - Morrissey

Notes

© 1987 Made in England Recorded January 1987

Additional Sleeve Note: 'Cover Star: CANDY DARLING, Courtesy Andy Warhol Studios'

A-side: ℗ 1987 B-side: ℗ 1987, '...released by arrangement with BBC Enterprises Ltd.'

Stamped Runout Variant 2: the last "1" on both sides is rotated 90° clockwise.

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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

For the EMI pressing, see [r=12770915].

Cover Star: Candy Darling, courtesy Andy Warhol Studios. Recorded at Good Earth, London January 1987 B1 & B2: Produced for the John Peel Show on Radio One, released by arrangement with BBC Enterprises Ltd. © 1987 Warner Bros. Music Ltd. A: ℗ Rough Trade Records 1987 B1 & B2: ℗ BBC 1987 Made in England Includes glossy pink printed inner sleeve with lyrics and Smiths previous release details.

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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

Licensed by Rough Trade Records Ltd., London. ℗ 1987 Ariola Eurodisc GmbH, Warner Bros. Music.

Also with pink labels [r=1261203]

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Discogs information (additional release)

Notes

Mini - CD Special Price

Licensed by Rough Trade Records Ltd., London Line Records, a division of Line Music GmbH. Marketed and distributed by Line Music GmbH. Manufactured in Western Germany. ℗ 1987 / © 1987 Made in W. Germany by P + O - Pallas

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Wikipedia Information

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"Sheila Take a Bow" is a song by the English rock band the Smiths, written by Morrissey and Johnny Marr. Featuring a glam rock-style beat and guitar riff, the song was originally planned to feature Sandie Shaw on backing vocals, but Shaw's distaste for the song and Morrissey's illness during her session resulted in the vocals not being used. "Sheila Take a Bow" was released as a non-album single in 1987 and tied "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" as the band's highest charting UK single, reaching number ten on the charts. It has since seen positive critical reception for Morrissey's uplifting lyricism and Marr's guitar work.

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