"Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now"|
The song was written in a New York City hotel room in the first few days of 1984. It was recorded in March 1984 at Island Records' Fallout Shelter, with producer John Porter. It is incorrectly credited on the 7" single as having been recorded at Matrix Studios in London in February 1984 (it may have still been rehearsed there, perhaps even demoed).
This song has been performed live 111 times by the Smiths, perhaps up to 116 times when taking into account the number of unknown setlists from the early Smiths days. This puts it among the top five most played songs by the band. It was done 58 times, perhaps even up to 63 times in 1984, on the tours promoting the debut album and "Hatful Of Hollow". It was performed almost as assiduously on the 1985 Meat Is Murder tour (including the few 'loose' dates from early 1986), with only a few brief breaks here and there, for a total of 42 airings. It was on the setlist on-and-off at the beginning of the 1986 tour promoting the album "The Queen Is Dead", for a total of 11 performances that year.
There are no officially released live recordings of the song at this point in time.
No demos or studio outtakes of this song have leaked to the general public at this point in time.
"... we went to America to play Danceteria on New Year's Eve and Mike got ill so we couldn't do the rest of the gigs, and 'Heaven Knows' was written in a hotel room while me and Morrissey were waiting to go home. (...) I don't really like 'Heaven Knows'. Well, I like it but less than the others. I don't like the tune and the backing track. I don't like the rhythm or anything."