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

Cover of The Queen Is Dead

From The Queen Is Dead and 55 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.

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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  • MarianaAB

    to die by your side <3

    17 Oct 6:53pm Reply
  • minister11

    stopped what i was doing to sing the hell out of this!

    6 Oct 3:17pm Reply
  • SofiaWinchester

    To die by your side, Well the pleasure and the privilege is mine

    30 Sep 10:43pm Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    Hey hey that was the day before all he shit

    24 Sep 8:29pm Reply
  • lykanthropie

    There is a light that never goes out and it's called hope. [4]

    12 Sep 2:42pm Reply
  • hectorlopezt

    There is a light that never goes out and it's called hope. [3]

    5 Sep 10:17pm Reply
  • httpTerror404

    I haven't listened to this song in years, but it popped up in my head when I needed it the most.

    2 Sep 11:06am Reply
  • nicorebel

    smithtastic (2)

    27 Aug 9:05am Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    I do thank the universe for uuuis not taking me to Primark in Amazon town but we got a nice Chinese and she was horrid to me

    22 Aug 6:27pm Reply
  • eliacersoltero


    20 Aug 9:10pm Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    Well I'm not thanking the universe ciaz you can if you like

    13 Aug 9:43pm Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    Like the little poem ciaz wrote and I had to copy it

    11 Aug 7:38pm Reply
  • channelmixer

    There is a light that never goes out and it's called hope. [2]

    27 Jul 6:05pm Reply
  • Gisseloo

    500 days of summer Bitch ♥♥♥

    24 Jul 2:11am Reply
  • JohnnyMath

    tears fall every damn time..

    23 Jul 11:52pm Reply
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  • 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
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