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Cover art
Name November Spawned A Monster
Release 16 April 1990
Total Length 5:25
Writer/composer Morrissey/Langer
Producer Clive Langer
Alan Winstanley
Art work Anton Corbijn
Publisher HMV Records (UK)
Sire Records (US)
Format(s) 7" Vinyl, 12" Vinyl, CD
Chart position UK #12
Single chronology
Ouija Board, Ouija Board
November Spawned A Monster
Piccadilly Palare

Track list

7" Vinyl

[HMV POP1623]

  1. November Spawned A Monster – 5:25 (Morrissey/Langer)
  2. He Knows I'd Love To See Him – 3:08 (Morrissey/Armstrong)

12" Vinyl

UK - [HMV 12POP1623]
US - [Sire/Reprise 9 21529-0]


UK - [HMV CDPOP1623]
US - [Sire/Reprise 9 21529-2]


Sleep on and dream of Love

Because it's the closest you will Get to love

Poor twisted child So ugly, so ugly Poor twisted child Oh hug me, oh hug me

One November Spawned a monster In the shape of this child Who later cried: "But Jesus made me, so Jesus save me from Pity, sympathy And people discussing me" A frame of useless limbs What can make GOOD All the BAD that's been done?

And if the lights were out Could you even bear To kiss her full on the mouth (Or anywhere?)

Poor twisted child So ugly, so ugly Poor twisted child Oh hug me, oh hug me

One November Spawned a monster In the shape of this child Who must remain A hostage to kindness And the wheels underneath her A hostage to kindness And the wheels underneath her A symbol of where mad, mad lovers Must PAUSE and draw the line

So sleep and dream of love Because it's the closest You will get to love

That November Is a time Which I must Put OUT of my mind Oh one fine day LET IT BE SOON She won't be rich or beautiful But she'll be walking your streets In the clothes that she went out And chose for herself


Sleeve Artwork

Music Video


Live History

Play count (Morrissey concert): 290

Morrissey live history:

... further results

Appears On

Discogs Information


  • Bass Guitar - Andy Rourke
  • Drums - Andrew Paresi
  • Engineer [Assistant] - Stewart Day
  • Guitar - Kevin Armstrong
  • Lacquer Cut By - Tim Young
  • Photography By - Anton Corbijn
  • Producer - Clive Langer & Alan Winstanley


Includes a black poly-lined inner sleeve.


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Discogs information (additional release)




Wikipedia Information


"November Spawned a Monster" is a song by British singer Morrissey, released as a single in 1990. It was written by Morrissey and Clive Langer and features one of Morrissey's former colleagues from The Smiths, Andy Rourke. It reached number 12 in the British chart. The track is one of Morrissey's personal favourites, and has been played live many times by the singer. It, along with its B-side "He Knows I'd Love to See Him", appears on the compilation album Bona Drag. The song tackles the plight of the disabled, an unusual subject matter for a pop single. As ever with Morrissey, the tone and sentiments are riddled with ambiguity. His use of words such as 'monster' and 'twisted' creates a strange mix of revulsion, sympathy and black comedy, all used to enlighten, and disturb, the audience. By forcing the ambivalent persona of tormentor and saviour, Morrissey forces the listener to confront their own prejudices head on." The song is quoting Les Chants de Maldoror (Chant 2, verse 7), in which a hermaphrodite perceives himself as a monster and dreams of love. In November 2014 Alex Broun's play November Spawned a Monster, inspired by Morrissey's song, premiered at The Old Fitzroy, in Sydney, Australia, directed by Robert Chuter and starring James Wright.