Roy's Keen

"Roy's Keen" is a song by Morrissey, released as a single in October 1997. It was the second single to be taken from the Maladjusted album and was the third Morrissey single not to feature himself on the cover, instead using a photograph of two boys taken by Roger Mayne on London's Southam Street in the 1950s.

"Roy's Keen"
Single by Morrissey
from the album Maladjusted
Released6 October 1997 (UK)
LabelIsland (UK)
Songwriter(s)Morrissey, Alain Whyte
Producer(s)Steve Lillywhite
Morrissey singles chronology
"Alma Matters"
"Roy's Keen"
"Satan Rejected My Soul"

The single reached number 42 on the UK Singles Chart. Its failure to reach the top 40 meant a performance of the song recorded for Top of the Pops did not air until it was shown on Top of the Pops 2 in 2003.

The title is a pun on the name of former Manchester United footballer Roy Keane — as Morrissey acknowledged during live performances of the song by changing words to "never seen a keener midfielder". The song was played over the closing credits of Keane's 2002 documentary As I See It.

Despite being released as a single, the song was omitted from Maladjusted's remastered CD reissue in 2009.

Track listingsEdit

7" vinyl and cassetteEdit

  1. "Roy's Keen"
  2. "Lost"

12" vinyl and CD (UK)Edit

  1. "Roy's Keen"
  2. "Lost"
  3. "The Edges Are No Longer Parallel"
Country Record label Format Catalogue number
UK Island 7" vinyl IS671
UK Island 12" vinyl 12IS671
UK Island Compact disc CID671
UK Island Cassette CIS671


  • Morrissey: vocals
  • Martin Boorer: guitar
  • Alain Whyte: guitar
  • Jonny Bridgwood: bass
  • Spencer James Cobrin: drums


In his review for AllMusic Ned Raggett described the title track as "one of Morrissey's most curious songs; the music is okay enough, though his band can and have done better, but the lyric is about a window cleaner, of all things." Raggett preferred the B-sides, especially The Edges Are No Longer Parallel, "one of his all-time best songs."[1]

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