That's How People Grow Up (single)

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Name That's How People Grow Up
Release 4 February 2008
Total Length 2:59
Recorded Spring 2007
Writer/composer Morrissey / Boz Boorer
Producer Jerry Finn
Art work Photo: Jake Walters
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Publisher Decca Records
Format(s) 7" Vinyl, CD, Digital
Chart position UK #14
Single chronology
I Just Want To See The Boy Happy
That's How People Grow Up
All You Need Is Me


Track list


  1. That's How People Grow Up – 2:59 (Morrissey/Boorer)
  2. The Last Of The Famous International Playboys [Live - 27 October 2007, New York City] – 3:54 (Morrissey/Street)

7" Vinyl

  1. That's How People Grow Up – 0:00 (Morrissey/)
  2. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side [Live - 11 May 2007, Omaha] – 3:41 (Morrissey/Marr)

7" Vinyl

  1. That's How People Grow Up – 2:59 (Morrissey/Boorer)
  2. Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself [Live - 15 October 2007, Salt Lake City] – 3:27 (Morrissey/Whyte)


I was wasting my time
Trying to fall in love
Disappointment came to me and booted me
And bruised and hurt me

But that's how people grow up
That's how people grow up

I was wasting my time
Looking for love
Someone must look at me and see their sunlit dream
I was wasting my time
Praying for love
For a love that never comes
From someone who does not exist

And that's how people grow up
That's how people grow up

Let me live before I die
...Not me, not I

I was wasting my life
Always thinking about myself
Someone on their death-bed said:
"There are other sorrows, too."
I was driving my car
I crashed and broke my spine
So, yes, there are things worse in life
Than never being someone's sweetie

That's how people grow up
That's how people grow up
That's how people grow up
That's how people grow up
As for me, I'm OK
For now, anyway

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Live History

Play count (Morrissey concert): 67

Morrissey live history:

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Discogs information (additional release)


Track 1 recorded at Sonic Sound, Houston, Texas. Track 2 recorded live at Thanksgiving Point, Lehi, UT, 15th October, 2007.

Made in the EU

Printed card inner sleeve.


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Wikipedia Information


"That's How People Grow Up" is a 2008 single by British singer Morrissey. The song, released on 4 February 2008, was used to promote his latest Greatest Hits album. The song also appears on his 2009 album Years of Refusal. The song was composed by long-time Morrissey guitarist and musical director Boz Boorer, which made this his first composition to be released as a single since "Satan Rejected My Soul", taken from the album Maladjusted (1997). The song made its television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman, and received its first radio play on Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show on 17 December. Prior to release, it featured on the BBC Radio 2 A-list, receiving around 20 plays per week. On 10 February 2008, "That's How People Grow Up" entered the UK Singles Chart at number 14. Four days later it also entered the Swedish singles chart, at number 26.

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