Shakespeare's Sister

"We were on our way to the studio on Saturday and Morrissey said, 'Look, we need a song', and we put it together."

"[Andy Rourke and I] would do stuff instinctively and sometimes work basslines out in the control room. He was always a really good musician and he played the cello on 'Shakespeare's Sister.'"

"As a 7" single for the group at that time, it was quite inventive. There was something about that riff that I always wanted to do. I just flipped recording it. I really loved doing it. We didn't get much support from Rough Trade on that one. As with 'Bigmouth Strikes Again', it was a valid 7" single to own, but maybe not to play on the radio. But that's all right by me."

"That has got one of the best rhythm patterns and grooves I have ever heard. If Elvis Presley had had Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke in his band he would have been an even bigger name. I'm sure of it."

- Johnny Marr

I have uploaded a Guitar Pro tab file here(right click to save as).

Here is the complete score from the "Louder Than Bombs:Off The Record" book:

Here is the tab from the Singles book:

Here's an awesome version from juttkeys:

Here's Jahnli with a late-night session on a 1965 Guild Starfire II:


la vie sportive said...

Where's Shakespeare's Sister? This is Sheila Take A Bow.


Thom said...

Hey, sorry about that. I will get the right file up soon.

Thanks for the heads up,