Hold On To Your Friends (single)

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Name Hold On To Your Friends
Release 30 May 1994
Total Length 4:02
Recorded Summer 1993
Writer/composer Morrissey / Alain Whyte
Producer Steve Lillywhite
Art work Photo: Jake Walters
Whores In Retirement
Photo: Richard Barnes (Promo unique cover is his photograph from "Mods!", 1979)
Vinyl Etching No matrix message
Publisher Parlophone / EMI
Format(s) 7" Vinyl, 12" Vinyl, CD
Chart position UK #48
Single chronology
The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get
Hold On To Your Friends

Track list

7" Vinyl

[Parlophone – R 6383]

  1. Hold On To Your Friends – 4:03 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  2. Moon River – 3:16 (Mercer/Mancini)

12" Vinyl, CD

[Parlophone – 12R 6383, CDR 6383]

  1. Hold On To Your Friends – 4:03 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  2. Moon River (extended) – 9:38 (Mercer/Mancini)


A bond of trust has been abused
Something of value may be lost
Give up your job
Squander your cash
Be rash
Just hold on to your friends

There are more than enough
To fight and oppose
Why waste good time
Fighting the people you like
Who will fall defending your name?
Don't feel so ashamed
To have friends

But now you only call me
When you're feeling depressed
When you feel happy
I'm so far from your mind
My patience is stretched
My loyalty vexed
You're losing all of your friends

Hold on to your friends
Hold on to your friends
Resist or move on
Be mad, be rash
Smoke and explode
Sell all of your clothes
Just bear in mind:
There just might come a time
When you need some friends

Live History

Play count (Morrissey concert): 74

Morrissey live history:

... further results

Appears On

Discogs Information


  • Mastered By - Tim Young
  • Photography By - Jake Walters
  • Producer - Steve Lillywhite
  • Sleeve - Whores In Retirement


"Hold On to Your Friends" lyrics printed alongside a photograph of Morrissey on inside gatefold.

Side A: ℗ 1993 Side B: ℗ 1994

Printed in UK

Vinyl slipped in a plain white polylined inner sleeve.

Runouts are stamped except for "timtom" and "metropolis", which are etched.


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Discogs information (additional release)


Promo release with unique cover.

Cataloque no. is CDRDJ 6385 on the back cover and CDRDJ 6383 on the disc itself.


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Wikipedia Information


"Hold On to Your Friends" is a song by Morrissey, released as a single in May 1994. It was the second single taken from the number 1 album Vauxhall and I. Morrissey claimed, "It was written about somebody I know, in relation of their treatment towards me."Reaching number 48 in the UK Singles Chart, the single became Morrissey's lowest charting single until "Glamorous Glue" in 2011, which reached number 69.

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