- "We went to America to play Danceteria on New Year's Eve and Mike got ill so we couldn't do the rest of the gigs, and 'Heaven Knows' was written in a hotel room while me and Morrissey were waiting to go home. And I wrote the music for 'Girl Afraid' the day I got back, so really we were more concerned with what came next. I don't really like 'Heaven Knows'. Well, I like it but less than the others. I don't like the tune and the backing track. I don't like the rhythm or anything."
"'Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now' is a period piece to me. It's probably a lot of people's introduction to this strange band with the flowers or whatever, but as a musical experience I'm not that keen on it."
- Johnny Marr
Here is a great video of Johnny recounting the story behind the writing of the song and how he got the 355 from Seymour Stein. He plays several parts of Heaven Knows and a bit of Girl Afraid as well.
I have another scanned tab here, along with 2 backing tracks that accompanied it. I have uploaded them here(right click to save as).
Here is the complete score from the "Louder Than Bombs:Off The Record" book:
Here are the scans from the Singles book:
Here are the scans from the Smiths Best Complete Score:
Here are scans from the March, 2012 issue of Totar Guitar:
Here are the scans from the Complete Chord Dictionary:
theunsheep does an awesome version. Theres a lot of subtleties that he does really well.
lunachangue's version has a spot on tone through his roland amp and some nice details, like the slight whammy on the intro. Also, nice flower!
thirdynumberone has yet another really cool electric version. Great tone and whammy action:
nicknoh69 does an awesome job on a Les Paul:
As well as a Ric 330:
And here also is his great, slowed-down tutorial:
ramonesrule1234 does a cool version, slowed down in a lesson format:
Here's another great take by buckleyboyben:
Here's johnnymare killing it on his tele:
Here's davidguitarist91 on his Les Paul:
djs1986 does a great version of Rourkes bass part which is very accurate, to my ears.
Here is his full band version:
Here's a great multitrack version by captaincarwash: