Cemetry Gates (2:41)

Cover of The Sound of The Smiths

From The Sound of The Smiths and 33 other releases

“Cemetry Gates” was Morrissey’s direct response to critics who had cried foul over his use of texts written by some of his favorite authors, notably Shelagh Delaney and Elizabeth Smart. Oscar Wilde, who was also accused of plagiarism, figures as a patron saint of Morrissey’s in the song’s lyrics. A Wilde quote, “Talent borrows, genius steals”, was etched in the vinyl run-out grooves of the first single off the album, “Bigmouth Strikes Again”.[20] These etchings appear almost exclusively on the UK releases (denoted by the RT and RTT prefixes on the catalogue number).

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