There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (track) by The Smiths

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out by The Smiths
Year: 1986
From the album The Queen Is Dead (track #9)
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From 02/21/2022 21:13
Absolutely legendary track. The flute at the end is just wonderful. And the lyrics are dark but brilliant. Even the name of the song is poetic. Just a masterpiece. 100/100
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From 06/16/2021 09:03
Simply the greatest song of all time!
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From 06/14/2019 11:53
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From 04/21/2018 19:33
Such a fantastic song.
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From 08/15/2017 18:49
Quite simply my favorite song of all time and surely one of the greatest.
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From 06/28/2017 23:00
A very good song, but there are so many Smiths songs which are just as good as this, eg How soon is now, Rubber ring, Please please.. , panic, Bigmouth strikes again, etc
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From 05/19/2017 08:25
Not the best smiths song imo. Still a massive tune
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From 05/18/2017 12:08
Just perfect
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From 05/25/2016 20:59
"To die by your side is such a heavenly way to die"

Beautiful lyrics
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From 10/13/2015 05:27
This is an unusual composition for Marr to have written because it's got an easily followed verse-chorus-coda structure and a catchy pop melody, where so many previous Smiths songs had inverted, confusing structures and Morrissey's melodies were often a jabbering monotone.

It's also an unusual lyric for Morrissey to have written because in almost every lyric leading up to this one he was either lacerating himself or society. This one has a strong note of romantic fatalism in character with the singer's facade of neverending misery, but the negativity is almost gone, making Morrissey a lot more likable for these four precious minutes between two sloughs of sarcasm.

The synthesized flute and string parts playing in tandem during the coda really vividly capture a sonic image of nighttime in an urban area or on a highway. It's the best minute of music Marr ever composed, and paired with Morrissey's least unhopeful refrain, this is the best Smiths song.
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