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The Smiths – There is a Light That Never Goes Out

Take me anywhere, I don’t care.
I don’t care.

Another seminal Smiths moment! One of their best known and best loved classics! Originally from their greatest album, The Queen Is Dead from 1986.

Despite the song’s massive popularity, strangely it was not released as a single until 1992, after The Smiths split up!

Morrissey later re-released the song as a double A-side live single (with his cover of Patti Smith’s “Redondo Beach”) in 2005, which reached #11 in the UK singles chart.

This magnificent song has been voted very highly in countless “best ever” song lists and has been covered by numerous artists.

There is a Light That Never Goes Out is a song that strikes home powerfully. A first-person narrative concerning yearning, anxiety, and obsession tells the tale of a sad soul who has been kicked out of home, and seeks solace and company from the person they love, the person the song addresses – the enigmatic driver of some car in which the protagonist is being taken somewhere!

All backed up by sublime Marr instrumentation.

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 love song despite no small level of ambiguity in the lyrics themselves.

The wonderful poignant title of this song has long been a source of wonder. One 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:

“Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God’s grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out.”

Simon Goddard argues in his book Songs That Saved Your Life that the basic narrative story is similar to that of the James Dean film Rebel Without a Cause, in which Dean – an idol of Morrissey’s – leaves his tortuous home life, being the passenger to a potential romantic partner.

Given Morrissey’s previous thematic and lyrical borrowings from literature and cinema, this is a viewpoint with some plausibility. According to Goddard, an earlier version lacked some of the finished version’s ambiguity, culminating in the line “There is a light in your eyes and it never goes out“.

Additionally, the video for Morrissey’s solo song Suedehead shows him visiting Dean’s childhood home, and at one point displays the words “There is a light that never goes out.”

There Is a Light That Never Goes Out was originally planned to be a single from The Queen is Dead, but Rough Trade Records label boss Geoff Travis selected “Bigmouth Strikes Again” from the same album as the release instead.

There Is a Light That Never Goes Out has subsequently been covered by an array of artists, including UK singer David Ford, Anberlin, Neuroticfish, Braid, Eurythmics, Noel Gallagher of Oasis, The Magic Numbers, The Divine Comedy, Neil Finn, Walleye (on the tribute album The World Still Won’t Listen), Nada Surf, The Ocean Blue, Ghost Mice and Schnieder TM (their version of the cover song is known as “The Light 3000”). There is also a Spanish version by Mikel Erentxun, called “Esta Luz Nunca Se Apagará”. Speedstar also recorded a cover which featured on the Triple J Like A Version compilation CD.

Please do not ever listen to the abysmal version by The Magic Numbers ! I listened to it once and had to be hospitalised!


There is a Light That Never Goes Out

Take me out tonight
Where there’s music and there’s people
And they’re young and alive.
Driving in your car
I never never want to go home
Because I havent got one
Anymore

Take me out tonight
Because I want to see people and I
Want to see life
Driving in your car
Oh, please dont drop me home
Because its not my home, it’s their
Home, and I’m welcome no more

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-ton truck
Kills the both of us
To die by your side
Well, the pleasure – the privilege is mine.

Take me out tonight
Take me anywhere, I dont care
I dont care, I dont care
And in the darkened underpass
I thought ‘Oh God, my chance has come at last’
but then a strange fear gripped me and I
Just couldn’t ask.

Take me out tonight
Oh, take me anywhere, I don’t care
I don’t care, I don’t care
Driving in your car
I never never want to go home
Because I havent got one …
Oh, I havent got one

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-ton truck
Kills the both of us
To die by your side
Well, the pleasure – the privilege is mine

Oh, there is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out
There is a light and it never goes out



The Smiths – There is a Light That Never Goes Out

Morrissey – There is a Light That Never Goes Out

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January 12, 2009 Posted by | Johnny Marr, Morrissey, The Smiths, _MUSIC, _VIDEO | Leave a comment

The Smiths – Live in Germany – 1984

the Good Life is out there somewhere

One of the greatest groups of recent time knock out some sublime classics at a fine early period live show in Deutschland!

We think this was from a show at Rockpalast in Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany back on 4 May 1984!

Deutschland? We thought that Germans were too busy listening to David Hasselhoff and Chris De Burgh back then (and indeed still now are too!)
Some true classics here including “Hand in Glove”, “Heaven knows I’m Miserable Now”, “Girl Afraid”, “This charming Man” and “Pretty girls make graves”!

Oh the mammaries! The mammaries!

Hand in glove
The sun shines out of our behinds
No, it’s not like any other love
This one is different – because it’s us

Hand in glove
We can go wherever we please
And everything depends upon
How near you stand to me

And if the people stare
Then the people stare
Oh, I really don’t know and I really don’t care

Kiss My Shades

Hand in glove
The Good People laugh
Yes, we may be hidden by rags
But we’ve something they’ll never have

Hand in glove
The sun shines out of our behinds
Yes, we may be hidden by rags
But we’ve something they’ll never have

And if the people stare
Then the people stare
Oh, I really don’t know and I really don’t care

Kiss My Shades … oh …

So, hand in glove I stake my claim
I’ll fight to the last breath

If they dare touch a hair on your head
I’ll fight to the last breath

For the Good Life is out there somewhere
So stay on my arm, you little charmer

But I know my luck too well
Yes, I know my luck too well
And I’ll probably never see you again
I’ll probably never see you again
I’ll probably never see you again
Oh …

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January 7, 2009 Posted by | Johnny Marr, Morrissey, Music_Alternative, The Smiths, _MUSIC, _POETRY, _VIDEO | Leave a comment

Morrissey – I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris

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by pasha1


only stone and steel accept my love

The long anticipated new outing from Mozza Years of Refusal is released 17 Feb 2009.

ImageThe good news is that this one continues the strong vein of form that ran through his last LP “Ringleader of the Tormentors” from 2006!

Some fine tracks in there from the new “Happy Mozza”!!

We’re not sure about the cover though! The sublime Smiths artwork aesthetic has long gone!!

And, no, we can’t post links because continual of legal threats from internet nazis, even though all we ever did post, when we did post, were found links. We noticed this other blog though if you want to read more about it.

Here’s a live vid for an early incarnation of the track I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris.

Yap, Mozza’s gone all adolescent and wants to bang uber-rich, uber-stoopid, uber-skank and gonzo pornstar, Paris Hilton!

As if!!

The vid comes from a San Francisco show on 27 September 2007 and Mozza must be high here cos it seems he just can’t get enough banter with the audience!

Is this a cylon clone of the aloof Prince Mozza we used to see in shows back in the eighties and nineties?! Yap!

In the absence of your touch
And in the absence of loved ones
I have decided I’m throwing my arms around all of Paris
Because only stone and steel accept my love

In the absence of your smiling face
I traveled all over the place
And I have decided I’m throwing my arms around all of Paris
Because only stone and steel accept my love
I’m throwing my arms around all of Paris
Because only stone and steel accept my love.

I’m throwing my arms around Paris
Because nobody wants my love
Nobody wants my love
Nobody needs my love
Nobody wants my love

Yes, you made yourself plain
Yes, you made yourself very plain

Mozza – I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris
San Fran
– 9/07

Mozza – I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris
Somewhere else!

January 6, 2009 Posted by | Morrissey, Paris Hilton, _MUSIC, _POETRY | 1 Comment

Morrissey – That’s How People Grow Up (2008)

This is Mozza’s new single from the Wildean one’s upcoming Greatest Hits package.

Hits? Did Mozza have hits? Is he really Brittney Spears but with a brain and a Noel Coward compendium?

This one could easily have stepped straight out of Ringleader of the Tormentors. That’s a huge compliment!

Someone must look at me and

see their sunlit dream

I was wasting my time

praying for love

For a love that never comes

from someone who does not exist

Video: Morrissey: “That’s How People Grow Up”
(Live on “Late Show With David Letterman”)
from Pitchfork July 2007

Morrissey fans on the East Coast were truly disappointed last week, when the former Smiths frontman canceled three shows because of a throat infection. On the plus side, though, Moz appeared on Late Show With David Letterman on Friday night, premiering “That’s How People Grow Up”- a fixture in recent live shows, and the scheduled first single from his forthcoming next album.

Like another new song, “All You Need Is Me”, “That’s How People Grow Up” builds on the muscular guitars and commanding croon of Moz’s last album, Ringleader of the Tormentors. Almost like a grown-up answer to one of the Smiths’ most famous tracks, “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”, Moz’s latest acknowledges that a double-decker bus might hurt even more than loneliness. “Yes, there are things worse in life than never being someone’s sweetie,” Moz sings, accompanied by a bubble-wrapped, operatic guest vocalist. So now he tells us.

Here’s Mozza performing this track on Letterman.

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Thanks to gillbates

January 14, 2008 Posted by | Morrissey, Music_Alternative, _MUSIC | Leave a comment