You Are the Quarry

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You Are the Quarry
You Are The Quarry.jpg
Studio album by Morrissey
Released 17 May 2004
Recorded Autumn 2003 at Hook End Manor, Oxfordshire, England; Conway Recording Studios, California, United States
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock
Length 47:20
Label Sanctuary/Attack
Producer Jerry Finn
Morrissey chronology
You Are the Quarry
Ringleader of the Tormentors
Singles from You Are the Quarry
  1. "Irish Blood, English Heart"
    Released: 10 May 2004
  2. "First of the Gang to Die"
    Released: 12 July 2004
  3. "Let Me Kiss You"
    Released: 11 October 2004
  4. "I Have Forgiven Jesus"
    Released: 13 December 2004

You Are the Quarry is the seventh studio album by English alternative rock singer Morrissey. It was released on 17 May 2004 by record label Attack, and was his first album in seven years following 1997's Maladjusted.



Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Blender 4/5 stars[citation needed]
NME 8/10[2]
Pitchfork Media 8.9/10[3]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[citation needed]

The first single released to promote the album was "Irish Blood, English Heart", released on 10 May 2004 and reaching No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart.[citation needed] It also received significant airplay in the US, going to number 36 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.[citation needed] You Are the Quarry was released on 17 May 2004 by record label Attack. The album charted at number 2 in the UK, held off the top spot by Keane's debut album, which prompted Morrissey to joke in concert at the time, "With regard to the album You Are the Quarry, if your name is Keane then you better leave now."[citation needed] It became Morrissey's highest charting album in the US, reaching number 11.[citation needed]

Some versions of the packaging do not show the full frame on the cover, but only a crop of Morrissey's face, cropping out the machine gun.

Three more singles followed: "First of the Gang to Die" on 12 July, reaching No. 6; "Let Me Kiss You" on 11 October, reaching No. 8; and "I Have Forgiven Jesus" on 13 December, reaching No. 10.[citation needed] Nancy Sinatra recorded a version of "Let Me Kiss You", which was released as a single which performed well on the UK Singles Chart, prior to Morrissey's own single release of the song.

In October 2004, Attack repackaged and reissued You Are the Quarry as a two-disc deluxe edition with a DVD second disc. The second disc collected the nine B-sides from the album's first three singles, as well as music videos and live TV performances from the record, including Morrissey's live performances on American TV show The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "America Is Not the World"   Morrissey, Alain Whyte 4:03
2. "Irish Blood, English Heart"   Morrissey, Whyte 2:37
3. "I Have Forgiven Jesus"   Morrissey, Whyte 3:41
4. "Come Back to Camden"   Morrissey, Boz Boorer 4:14
5. "I'm Not Sorry"   Morrissey, Boorer 4:41
6. "The World Is Full of Crashing Bores"   Morrissey, Boorer 3:51
7. "How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?"   Morrissey, Whyte 3:25
8. "First of the Gang to Die"   Morrissey, Whyte 3:38
9. "Let Me Kiss You"   Morrissey, Whyte 3:30
10. "All the Lazy Dykes"   Morrissey, Whyte 3:31
11. "I Like You"   Morrissey, Boorer 4:11
12. "You Know I Couldn't Last"   Morrissey, Whyte, Gary Day 5:51
Deluxe Edition bonus DVD
  • "Irish Blood, English Heart" (promotional video)
  • "First of the Gang to Die" (promotional video)
  • "First of the Gang to Die" (from The Late Late Show, 22 July 2004)
  • "I Have Forgiven Jesus" (from The Late Late Show, 22 July 2004)
  • "Let Me Kiss You" (from The Late Late Show, 22 July 2004)




Year Chart Position
2004 Austrian Albums 24[4]
2004 Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) 14[5]
2004 Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia) 32[6]
2004 Danish Albums 13[7]
2004 Dutch Albums 30[8]
2004 Finnish Albums 8[9]
2004 French Albums 21[10]
2004 German Albums 7[11]
2004 Italian Albums 32[12]
2004 New Zealand Albums 13[13]
2004 Norwegian Albums 5[14]
2004 Portuguese Albums 10[15]
2004 Swedish Albums 1[16]
2004 Swiss Albums 63[17]
2004 UK Albums Chart 2[18]
2004 Billboard 200 11[19]


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