Written by:
Mark E. Smith, Brix Smith

Initial release:
Bend Sinister, Beggars Banquet BEGA75 LP; BEGA75 CD; BEGC75 Cassette

Date:
29 September 1986

Subsequent releases:
The Domesday Pay-Off Triad Plus, Bigtime Records 6039-1 (U.S. release) 1987


BBC Radio 1 'Live In Concert', Windsong International WINCD038, 2 August 1993 (recorded 25 May 1987, Rock City, Nottingham)

Group on initial recording:
Mark E. Smith - vocals; Brix Smith - guitar, vocals; Craig Scanlon - guitar; Steve Hanley - bass; Simon Rogers - keyboards; Simon Wolstencroft - drums

First played live:
12 July 1986 London

Last played live:
15 August 1987 Hamburg

Number of known performances:
54

Commentary:
Terry Waite was the Archbishop of Canterbury's special envoy. In early 1987, while negotiating with members of Islamic Jihad to obtain the release of various hostages, he was kidnapped and held for 5 years, the first four in solitary confinement.

The song itself features a basic guitar riff, The lyrics are not particularly pre-cog, but do portray Waite as "Sounding sour and frustrated/ With the pressure of his own life". It was played extensively live throughout 1986 and 1987 but then summarily dropped from the set.