"Missing Words" was a bit of a change of pace for The Selecter, it was a song that dealt strictly with personal affairs, and more accurately a broken relationship. Neol Davies may have written the song, but Pauline Black delivers up the lyrics with all the passion and anger his words required.
The arrangement is equally vehement, the insistent rhythm, a mass attack of drums, bass, guitar riffs and keyboard riff, is counterpointed by flashes of Davies' own lead guitar, an incredibly aggressive backing, Black adds the emotion, and together the group made this number a stand-out.
It was initially included on the group's 1980 debut Too Much Pressure album, but was spun off onto 45 in March that same year. And although it was the first of their discs to miss the Top 10, the single still found its way into the Top 25.