“What a Heavenly Way to Die” is a ballad sung upon a minimalist beat by Troye Sivan. It is the eighth track from Troye’s second studio album, Bloom. In an interview with EMI Music, Troye stated the name’s inspirations:
" takes its name from The Smiths’ “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out.”. Sivan and his partner heard the song on a road trip and he pictured them 30 years later, “two old gay guys” listening back and reminiscing."
The title ”What A Heavenly Way To Die” is likely inspired by one of the most famous lyrics from “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out,” one of the most well-known tracks off of The Smiths’ discography. Romanticizing the abandonment of home and life for love, Morrissey sings:
"And if a double-decker bus crashes into us
To die by your side is such a heavenly way to die
And if a ten-tonne truck kills the both of us
To die by your side, well, the pleasure, the privilege is mine"
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