Work Is A Four-Letter Word is the eponymous theme of the 1968 British satirical film of the same name, originally performed by Cilla Black.



Smiths frontman Morrissey was very insistent on covering the track, incurring guitarist Johnny Marr's wrath, who later said, post-split, "That was the last straw, really. I didn't form a group to perform Cilla Black songs." The song and Black has since beared the blame for the dissolution of The Smiths.