"I Won't Share You"


This song was written at the end of the recording sessions for the "Strangeways, Here We Come" album which took place in March-April 1987 at Wool Hall Studios in Bath, with Stephen Street as producer, helped by Johnny and Morrissey.


album version {2:49}
"Strangeways Here We Come" album


This song has never been performed specifically for radio or television.


This song has never been done live, either by the Smiths or Morrissey.


No demos or studio outtakes of this song have leaked to the general public at this point in time.



"A window-ledge in a forgotten corner of the Wool Hall Studios showcases a peculiar stringed instrument from 1777, which Johnny instantly grabs - 'Oh, let,s see how this sounds' - and, by second run-through, he can play the oddly stringed lyre that has no sound hole. The strings are possibly horsehair, and there is a barely usable tuning bar, but the sound Johnny finds is mesmerizing, and the song I won't share you is alive. It is a fascinating moment when Johnny's inner ear leads the way to somewhere unknown - somewhere mistrusted by all until the final depth of thought strikes. The technical term is bling."
- Morrissey, "Autobiography"