November Spawned A Monster


About November Spawned A Monster

"November Spawned a Monster" is a song by Morrissey. It was released as a single in 1990. It was written by Morrissey and Clive Langer. It also 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. 


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Sleep on and dream of love
Because it's the closest you will get to love, oh
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, this 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, oh?
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
'Cause it's the closest you will get to love

That November is the 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

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Steven Patrick Morrissey (born 22 May 1959), known as Morrissey, is an English singer and lyricist. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lyricist and vocalist of the band The Smiths. The band was highly successful in the United Kingdom but broke up in 1987, and Morrissey began a solo career, making the top ten of the UK Singles Chart on ten occasions. His first solo album, 1988's Viva Hate entered the UK albums chart at number one. Widely regarded as an important innovator in indie music, Morrissey has been described by music magazine NME as "one of the most influential artists ever", and The Independent has stated "most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status he has reached in his lifetime".Pitchfork Media has called him "one of th… more »

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10 facts about this song

"November Spawned a Monster" was released as a standalone single by "Morrissey" in 1990. It's still available in various compilation albums.
Chart Performance
The song reached the number 12 spot on the UK Singles Chart, further cementing Morrissey's status as a solo artist after leaving The Smiths.
The song contains lyrics about personal struggle and alienation, themes that Morrissey often explores in his music. It's noted for its unusually frank and compassionate treatment of disability.
Music Video
The music video of the song, directed by Tim Broad, is one of the most remembered videos of Morrissey's career because he wore a toga in it.
Music Composition
The music for "November Spawned a Monster" was composed by Clive Langer, a musician and record producer known for his work with acclaimed artists such as Elvis Costello.
Cover Version
The song was covered by Pete Burns, the lead singer of Dead or Alive and a close friend of Morrissey, on the Morrissey tribute album "The Smiths Is Dead."
Singers and Musicians
Morrissey is the lead vocalist while other musicians associated with the track include Andy Rourke, former bassist of The Smiths, and session drummer Andrew Paresi.
The B-sides of this single, "He Knows I'd Love to See Him" and "Girl Least Likely To," are as much loved by fans as the A-side itself, providing further testament to the quality of Morrissey's songwriting.
The song and its B-Sides were produced by Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley, who have worked on several of Morrissey's solo projects.
Critical Reception
It has been praised as one of Morrissey's most atypical and challenging songs, with its layered music and evocative lyrics, resisting easy interpretation.

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