There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (track) by The Smiths
From the album The Queen Is Dead (track #9)
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out appears on the following album(s) by The Smiths:
- The Queen Is Dead (track #9) (this album) (1986)
- The World Won't Listen (track #6) (compilation) (1987)
- The Sound Of The Smiths (track #15) (compilation) (2008)
- Singles (track #18) (compilation) (1995)
- ...Best II (track #14) (compilation) (1992)
- The Very Best Of The Smiths (track #13) (compilation) (2001)
- Complete (track #29) (compilation) (2011)
- Complete (track #76) (compilation) (2011)
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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
Simply the greatest song of all time!
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Such a fantastic song.
Quite simply my favorite song of all time and surely one of the greatest.
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
Not the best smiths song imo. Still a massive tune
"To die by your side is such a heavenly way to die"
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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