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The Smiths – "There is a Light that Never Goes Out"

The Smiths – "There is a Light that Never Goes Out"

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The Smiths – "There is a Light that Never Goes Out"

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Leave it to The Smiths – who else could make suicidal rumination sound so beautiful?

Released on the band’s third LP, The Queen is Dead, “There is a  Light That Never Goes Out” represents a high-water mark in the compositional partnership of vocalist Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr. The duo whose tempestuous working relationship would eventually fracture the band– found themselves at loggerheads multiple times regarding the song. Marr created the track’s synthesized-string arrangement; Morrissey hated it. Morrissey (and label boss Geoff Travis) wanted to release “There is a Light…” as a single; Marr vigorously objected.

Whatever the conditions of its creation, “There is a Light That Never Goes Out” stands as an almost perfect balance of Morrissey’s dour, doomed romance lyrics and Marr’s lush, post-Beatles melodicism. As Marr himself said years later, “When we first played it, I thought it was the best song I'd ever heard.”

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