Late Night, Maudlin Street

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Name Late Night, Maudlin Street
Album/single Viva Hate
Length 7:40
6:55 (Special Edition)
Writer/composer Morrissey / Stephen Street
Producer Stephen Street
Release March 1988
Recorded Autumn-Winter 1987


Late Night, Maudlin Street is a song that appears on Morrissey's debut album, Viva Hate. It was co-written and produced by Stephen Street.


On 02 April 2012, a newly remastered special edition of Viva Hate, supervised by Stephen Street, was released. Controversially, Morrissey chose to omit one of the album's original tracks, "The Ordinary Boys," and include the session demo "Treat Me Like A Human Being." In addition to the track list changes, the intro and extended fadeout of "Late Night, Maudlin Street" has been edited. The original album artwork was restored for this release, however, the typeface font on the front cover has been changed, as was the case with the 2011 Bona Drag remaster.


(Winter coming, Winter push on, push on
 Winter push on, Winter, is so long, Winter move on)

The last night on Maudlin Street
Goodbye house, goodbye stairs
I was born here and I was raised here
And I took some stick here

Love at first sight may sound trite
But it's true, you know
I could list the detail of everything
You ever wore or said, or how you stood the day

As we spent the last night on Maudlin Street,
 "Goodbye house-forever!"
I never stole a happy hour around here

Where the world's ugliest boy
Became what you see - I am the ugliest man
Oh, the last night on Maudlin Street
Truly I do love you
Oh, truly I do love you

When I sleep with that picture of you framed beside my bed
Oh, it's childish and it's silly, but I think it's you in my room by the bed
- Yes, I told you it was silly -
And I know I took strange pills
But I never meant to hurt you
Oh, truly I love you

Came home late one night
Everyone had gone to bed
But you know no one stays up for you
I had sixteen stitches all around my head

Oh, the last bus I missed to Maudlin Street
So, he drove me home in the van
 "Women only like me for my mind..."

Don't leave your torch behind
A power-cut ahead 1972, you know
And so we crept through the park
No, I cannot steal a pair of jeans off a clothesline for you

But you...without clothes
Oh, I could not keep a straight face
Me without clothes?
Well, a nation turns its back and gags
I'm packed

I am moving house
A half-life disappears today
With every hag waves me on secretly wishing me gone
Well, I will be soon, oh - I will be soon
I will be soon
I will be soon
I will be soon
I will be soon
I will be soon
I will be soon

There were bad times on Maudlin Street
They took you away in a police car
Inspector - don't you know? Don't you care?
Don't you know about Love?

Your Gran died and your Mother died on Maudlin Street
In pain and ashamed with never time to say those special things
I took the keys from Maudlin Street
Well, it's only bricks and mortar!
Truly I love you
Wherever you are
Wherever you are
Wherever you are
I hope you're singing now
I do hope...
I hope you're singing now

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