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Piccadilly Palare (single)
|Release||8 October 1990|
3:48 (Bona Drag 20th Anniversary)
4:14 (outtake with extra verse & ending)
|Recorded||Circa late 1989|
|Art work||Anton Corbijn|
|Vinyl Etching||GEORGE ELIOT KNEW|
|Publisher||HMV Records (UK)|
Sire Records (US)
|Format(s)||7" Vinyl, 12" Vinyl, CD, Cassette|
|Chart position||UK #18|
November Spawned A Monster|
The original release of this song was minus the verse beginning 'A cold water room...'
The full length, unedited outtake recording features the extra verse and ends with the refrain:
No Dad, no Dad, I won't be home tomorrow. No Dad, no Dad, I won't be home tomorrow No Dad
The extra verse was reinstated for the 2010 version of Bona Drag, but omitted the 'No Dad' refrain.
Off the rails I was and Off the rails I was happy to stay GET OUT OF MY WAY On the rack I was "easy meat" And a reasonably good buy A reasonably good buy
The Piccadilly palare Was just silly slang Between me and the boys in my gang "So bona to vada, OH YOU your lovely eek and your lovely riah"
We plied an ancient trade Where we threw all life's Instructions away Exchanging lies and digs (my way) 'Cause in a belted coat Oh I secretly knew That I hadn't a clue
The Piccadilly palare Was just silly slang Between me and the boys in my gang Exchanging palare You wouldn't understand Good sons like you NEVER DO
A cold water room It's not much, I know But for now it's where I belong Am I really doing wrong? Around the centre of town Is where I belong Am I really doing wrong?
So why do you smile When you think about Earls Court? But you cry when you think of all The battles you've fought (and lost)? It may all end tomorrow Or, it could go on forever (In which case: I'm doomed) It could go on forever... (In which case: I'm doomed)
Play count (Morrissey concert): 62
Morrissey live history:
- Aberdeen, Scotland 1991-05-14 (Morrissey concert)
- Auckland, New Zealand 1991-09-08 (Morrissey concert)
- Baltimore, Maryland 1991-07-08 (Morrissey concert)
- Berkeley, California 1991-06-08 (Morrissey concert)
- Berlin, Germany 1991-05-05 (Morrissey concert)
- Blackburn, England 1991-07-26 (Morrissey concert)
- Bournemouth, England 1991-10-06 (Morrissey concert)
- Brighton, England 1991-07-22 (Morrissey concert)
- Brisbane, Australia 1991-09-11 (Morrissey concert)
- Chicago, Illinois 1991-06-25 (Morrissey concert)
- Bona Drag
- Live In Dallas
- Piccadilly Palare (single)
- Suedehead: The Best Of Morrissey
- The CD Singles '88–91'
- The HMV/Parlophone Singles '88–'95
- Your Arsenal
- Engineer [Assistant] - Steve Williams (6)
- Engineer [Assistant] - Stewart Day
- Mixed By - Alan Winstanley
- Photography By [Photograph By] - Anton Corbijn
- Producer - Clive Langer & Alan Winstanley
- Producer - Stephen Street
- Voice [Additional] - Suggs
White inner sleeve manufactured by DRG Malago Some come with b-side labels on ‘both’ sides!
Made in Great Britain Sleeve manufactured in England
- Piccadilly Palare - Discogs master release: https://www.discogs.com/master/5010
- Piccadilly Palare (12" 45 RPM Single) - Discogs release: https://www.discogs.com/release/384891-Morrissey-Piccadilly-Palare
Discogs information (additional release)
Tracks 1 & 3 Warner Chappell Music Ltd./Copryright Control Track 2 Warner Chappell Music Ltd./Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd. ℗ 1990 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by EMI Records Ltd. © 1990 EMI Records Ltd. Manufactured in England by EMI Records Limited. Made in the UK
Issued in a standard J-card case with an insert.
- Piccadilly Palare (Single) - Discogs release: https://www.discogs.com/release/461609-Morrissey-Piccadilly-Palare
Discogs information (additional release)
℗ 1990 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by EMI Records Ltd. © 1990 EMI Records Ltd.
- Piccadilly Palare (Single) - Discogs release: https://www.discogs.com/release/1139603-Morrissey-Piccadilly-Palare
"Piccadilly Palare" is song by British singer Morrissey, released as a single in October 1990. The song features one of Morrissey's former colleagues from The Smiths, Andy Rourke, marking the last time any former member of The Smiths would collaborate with Morrissey. As with "November Spawned a Monster", Morrissey chose to write about a subject unusual in pop music, namely male prostitution around the Piccadilly area of London. The title of the song refers to the cant slang language polari, first used by male prostitutes in the 19th century and then taken up by homosexuals in the 1960s to disguise sexual activities which were illegal in the UK until 1967. It was also used in the BBC radio comedy Round the Horne by the characters Julian and Sandy. The vocals in the background were contributed by Suggs, the lead singer of the band Madness. There also exists an early take/alternate version of the song that contains an additional verse along with a vocal outro, singing: “No, dad, I won’t be home tomorrow”. Morrissey said in his autobiography that he disliked the song. He called it "...a student work of novelty that wears off before noon".
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