Written by:
Mark E Smith, Brix Smith
 
Initial release:
Escape Route From The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall, Beggars Banquet, BEGC58 Cassette
 
Date:
8 October 1984
 
Subsequent releases:
Nord -West Gas, Funf Und Vierzig (Germany) LP08 1986

Box One, Beggars Banquet Japan ALCB81/82/83/84; 1988
The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall, BEGC58 CD 1988 and 1997
 
Group on initial recording:
 
Mark E Smith - vocals; Brix Smith - guitar;  Craig Scanlon - guitar ;
Steve Hanley - bass; Paul Hanley - drums; keyboards Karl Burns - drums
 
First played live:
21 March 1984 Edinburgh
 
Last played live:
22 March 1986 Toronto
 
Number of known performances:
25
 
Commentary:
"Mark got off this ride with tears in his eyes he was so frightened. This ride is a mountain, 100 ft in the air, a replica of The Matterhorn; you ride at sixty miles an hour. Ten minutes after we get off, a woman fails out of her sleigh, gets trapped and decapitated by the oncoming one. They couldn't get her out, there was fire-engines everywhere coming out of the bushes, and all these Micky Mouse characters rushing out to distract people. It took them seven hours to get the body off. Everyone was pretending nothing had happened, they were all going 'Disneyland is wonderful land'. Mark was saying, 'Whaaat??? There's a woman up there with no head on', but Micky Mouse was just laughing away. Mark thought it was like a bad trip." (Brix Smith quoted in Jamming, November 1984)
 
A possible source for the events described in the song can be found at: http://www.snopes.com/disney/parks/deaths.asp
 
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFxB5jOEJMs (live at Phoenix, 1985)