There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (4:01)

Cover of The Queen Is Dead

From The Queen Is Dead and 56 other releases

There Is a Light That Never Goes Out is a song by The Smiths, written by Morrissey and Johnny Marr. It was originally featured on their album The Queen Is Dead, but despite its popularity it was not released as a single until , after The Smiths split up. Morrissey re-released the song as a double A-side live single (with his cover of Patti Smith’s Redondo Beach) in , which reached #11 in the UK singles chart. The song has been voted highly in numerous “best ever” song lists.

The song lyrically utilises a first-person narrative concerning yearning, anxiety, and implied romance. Morrissey assumes the role of a person who has, one could infer from the lyrics, been kicked out of home, so seeks solace and company in the form of the person the song addresses - the car’s driver.

Musically, the song begins with a staccato bridge similar to that heard on Hitch Hike by Marvin Gaye and There She Goes Again by The Velvet Underground, which recurs as a musical motif throughout the song. With synthesized strings, a balladesque arrangement and yearning lyrics, many listeners have viewed “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” as a straightforward love song despite some ambiguity in the lyrics themselves.

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Many of Morrissey’s lyrics are borrowed from other sources. In particular, the title of this song has been a source of wonder. One credible suggestion has been that the title is a paraphrase of what Hugh Latimer said to Nicholas Ridley as they were about to be burned at the stake as heretics during the reign of “Bloody Mary,” Queen Mary I of England:

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  • Gisseloo

    500 days of summer Bitch ♥♥♥

    24 Jul 2:11am Reply
  • JohnnyMath

    tears fall every damn time..

    23 Jul 11:52pm Reply
  • wackersska

    O

    23 Jul 5:03pm Reply
  • nicorebel

    smithtastic

    22 Jul 11:55am Reply
  • finidebriani

    :')

    21 Jul 3:19pm Reply
  • abitbol84

    "When you’re a teenager and in your early twenties it seems desperately eternal and excruciatingly painful. Whereas as you grow older you realise that most things are excruciatingly painful and that is the human condition. Most of us continue to survive because we’re convinced that somewhere along the line, with grit and determination and perseverance, we will end up in some magical union with somebody. It’s a fallacy, of course, but it’s a form of religion. You have to believe. There is a light that never goes out and it’s called hope." Morrissey in The Times (30th May 2006)

    13 Jul 7:08pm Reply
  • LautotheRa

    to die by your side is such a heavenly way to die.

    29 Jun 3:18pm Reply
  • porcelainstars

    in love with this song xxo

    17 Jun 8:29am Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    And ciaz switches the kitchen light on to wind me up so i bite

    15 Jun 2:13pm Reply
  • atom217

    @ChasingTheGhost yeah, haha. That scene cracked me up.

    13 Jun 11:27pm Reply
  • ChasingTheGhost

    Lol, Orange Is the New Black.

    6 Jun 11:07pm Reply
  • Coyote___

    ...but yeah that violin at the end

    25 May 11:11pm Reply
  • ferjanis

    Ah meus amoresss

    22 May 5:55pm Reply
  • Feronia7

    The Smiths, they make me feel like an 80's new wave kid <3

    18 May 12:34pm Reply
  • Nico616

    man <3

    18 May 1:09am Reply
  • bluejeansdrying

    Best tune ever made.

    5 May 12:37pm Reply
  • choline_

    The greatest fucking song of all time [3]

    26 Apr 9:56pm Reply
  • RheiselSilva

    that song kills me everytime [4]

    17 Apr 8:41pm Reply
  • algoostu

    Marr singing this at Lollapalooza Brazil was one of the best experiences I've ever had (and I watched this on tv)

    6 Apr 10:33pm Reply
  • WS9167

    I haven't got one dum dee dum

    29 Mar 10:54am Reply
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