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Swords is a compilation album by Morrissey, released on 26 October 2009. The album features 18 single B-sides collected from the preceding three Morrissey albums – You Are the Quarry (2004), Ringleader of the Tormentors (2006), and Years of Refusal (2009).[3][4] Morrissey issued a total of 24 studio B-sides during 2004–2009, as well as numerous live B-side tracks, making Swords an incomplete collection of his non-album work of the era. However, in his review of the album, Stephen Thomas Erlewine of notes that "Not all the flipsides are here, but all the noteworthy ones are."[5]

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Compilation album by
Released26 October 2009
GenreAlternative rock
ProducerTony Visconti, Gustavo Santaolalla, Jerry Finn
Morrissey compilation chronology
The HMV/Parlophone Singles '88–'95
Very Best of Morrissey
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]
BBCMixed link
Drowned in Sound7/10 link
MusicOMH4/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media5.0/10 link
PopMatters7/10 stars link
Slant2.5/5 stars link
Uncut3/5 stars link

Initial copies of the CD include a bonus disc of eight songs recorded live in Warsaw during Morrissey's 2009 tour.[6] The compilation was supported by the Swords Tour,[7] featuring dates in the UK, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Ireland,[8] and the United States.[9][10]

In a statement, Morrissey revealed that he had intended Swords to be a budget album, and was disappointed to see it be retailed for such a high price.


Track listingEdit

1."Good Looking Man About Town"Morrissey/Alain Whyte2:53
2."Don't Make Fun of Daddy's Voice"Morrissey/Whyte2:53
3."If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look at Me"Morrissey/Jesse Tobias3:40
5."My Dearest Love"Morrissey/Whyte4:00
6."The Never-Played Symphonies"Morrissey/Whyte3:03
7."Sweetie-Pie"Morrissey/Michael Farrell4:23
8."Christian Dior"Morrissey/Boz Boorer3:59
9."Shame Is the Name"Morrissey/Whyte3:49
10."Munich Air Disaster 1958"Morrissey/Whyte2:30
11."I Knew I Was Next"Morrissey/Tobias3:46
12."It's Hard to Walk Tall When You're Small"Morrissey/Whyte3:32
13."Teenage Dad on His Estate"Morrissey/Whyte4:08
14."Children in Pieces"Morrissey/Tobias4:01
15."Friday Mourning"Morrissey/Whyte4:08
16."My Life is a Succession of People Saying Goodbye"Morrissey/Whyte2:53
17."Drive-In Saturday" (live at the Orpheum Theater, Nebraska in 2007)David Bowie5:05
18."Because of My Poor Education"Morrissey/Whyte2:56
Total length:66:50
Live in Warsaw bonus disc
1."Black Cloud"Morrissey/Boorer3:08
2."I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris"Morrissey/Boorer2:36
3."I Just Want to See the Boy Happy"Morrissey/Tobias2:50
4."Why Don't You Find Out for Yourself"Morrissey/Whyte3:37
5."One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell"Morrissey/Boorer3:04
6."You Just Haven't Earned it Yet, Baby"Morrissey/Johnny Marr3:13
7."Life is a Pigsty"Morrissey/Whyte8:56
8."I'm OK by Myself"Morrissey/Tobias6:03
Total length:33:27


The bandEdit

Additional creditsEdit


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Review: Swords". Allmusic. Retrieved 1 November 2009.
  2. ^ Nagy, Evie (6 November 2009). "Morrissey, 'Swords'". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 13 November 2009.
  3. ^ "Statement from Morrissey". Retrieved 2009-06-02.
  4. ^ "Morrissey: Swords (new album)". 3 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-02.
  5. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Review: Swords". Allmusic. Retrieved 1 November 2009.
  6. ^ "Swords album release information". Retrieved 2009-09-05.
  7. ^ "Tour update: Germany (Nov. 16 – 20)". 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2009-09-12.
  8. ^ "Morrissey tour dates in Europe; Swords: Album release information". 2009-09-12. Retrieved 2009-09-12.
  9. ^ "Morrissey Reveals B-Sides Compilation". Pitchfork Media. 17 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-22.
  10. ^ "Morrissey tour dates in the US and support information". 18 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-22.