Misplaced Childhood is the third studio album of the progressive rock band Marillion. It was released in 1985 and has been their most commercially successful album, reaching number one in the UK album charts in June 1985.
The album features the band's most successful single, "Kayleigh", which reached No. 2 in the UK and was a worldwide success. This name was devised by Fish to slightly obscure the name of a former girlfriend named "Kay Lee" (with "Lee" being the middle name), who the song was mostly about.
Misplaced Childhood was the band's first full concept album, consisting of two contiguous pieces of music on the two sides of the vinyl. In live concerts previewing the album Fish had originally claimed (seriously or as a teaser) that there would only be two tracks, Side One and Side Two, but this idea was evidently dropped. During the Misplaced Childhood tour, Fish announced after playing various tracks culled from the first two albums, "Now there is time for one more track... the name of the track is 'Misplaced Childhood'"; then, the band performed the entire album in sequence.
The story has thematic elements of lost love, sudden success, acceptance, and lost childhood, along with an upbeat ending. As Fish explains, he perceived the concept during a 10-hour acid trip. Several of the songs and titles contain notable autobiographical references; one example is that track 2 ("Kayleigh") references past girlfriends. Another example is track 5 ("I was born with the heart of Lothian"), which is a reference to a traditional region of Scotland - Fish himself being from Midlothian - and a reference to the Heart of Midlothian (Royal Mile) - a mosaic heart in the pavement of Edinburgh's Royal Mile.
Misplaced Childhood es el tercer álbum de estudio de la banda inglesa de rock neoprogresivo Marillion. Fue publicado en junio de 1985 y ha sido el álbum más exitoso de la banda hasta la fecha, alcanzando el primer puesto en la lista de los discos más vendidos en el Reino Unido en junio de 1985. El disco presenta el sencillo más exitoso de la banda, "Kayleigh", que llegó hasta el segundo puesto en la lista de éxitos británica.
Misplaced Childhood es el primer álbum conceptual de la banda, y trata sobre el amor, el éxito repentino y la infancia perdida. El vocalista del grupo, Fish, explicó que había concebido el disco bajo los efectos del LSD. Varias de las pistas contienen referencias autobiográficas: "Kayleigh" habla sobre una antigua novia del vocalista, y "Heart of Lothian" hace alusión a la religión tradicional de Escocia (puesto que Fish es escocés).