The Smiths – Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now

My take on the single from ’84. With this track, the band achieved their joint-highest UK chart placing.

There are quite a few versions of this already on YouTube so I’ve transcribed based upon the way that Marr played this song live in 1984.

It is pared down to its essentials and largely based upon the Rockpalast TV performance from the same year which you can find in various videos dotted around YT (e.g this one).


For the audio, I’m using my Gibson ES330 into a DAW using the Amplitube plugin. I aimed for something approximating his rig from this period – a Fender Twin & Roland JC120

I assembled a backing track to play over. I used Session Drummer 3 with a loop. Andy Rourke’s bass parts are super-inventive and integral to the tune.


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