"Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed"
(Morrissey/Alain Whyte)


This song must have been written shortly before or during the recording sessions for the "Years Of Refusal" album which happened in August or December 2007 at Conway Studios in Los Angeles with producer Jerry Finn. Further mixing may have been done in the spring of 2008 (the album is actually credited as having been recorded in Los Angeles in 2008; accurate info is needed). The musicians on this recording were Boz Boorer (guitar), Jesse Tobias (guitar), Solomon Walker (bass), Matt Walker (drums) and Roger Manning Jr. (piano, keyboards), with Kristopher Pooley on backing vocals.


album version {3:53}
"Years Of Refusal" album


Jimmy Kimmel Live 5 February 2009 [tv]
This performance is part of a 5-song set recorded by Morrissey for this programme. Unfortunately, only the first few seconds were broadcast before the closing credits. This very brief segment as well as the full <"Something Is Squeezing My Skull" (the show's main feature) are circulated on bootleg video and the audio can be found in digital format on the internet. The three other songs remain unseen (except by those who attended the taping).


The song has been done 32 times in concert by Morrissey. It was played almost every night during the 2008 half of the Greatest Hits tour, for a total of 14 airings. After being made available on the "Years Of Refusal" album, it was done a further 18 times on the 68-date Tour Of Refusal.

live London's Hyde Park 4 July 2008 {4:09}
"Satellite Of Live" single


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