In this song, we find front man, Morrissey, in the passenger seat of a potential romantic partner's car. He pleads with the driver, "Don't drop me home." In fact, Morrissey is so captivated by his company that he goes as far as to say that he would not care if a "double-decker bus" crashed into them, as to die by the side of his sweetheart would be "such a heavenly way to die." This narrative has been compared to the 1955 film, Rebel Without a Cause, starring James Dean - whom Morrissey idolized.
In 1993, guitarist, Johnny Marr, told Select magazine that he thought this was "the best song" that he had ever heard: "I didn't realise that 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out' was going to be an anthem but when we first played it I thought it was the best song I'd ever heard." In the same interview, Marr revealed that the song's intro was lifted from The Rolling Stones' cover of "Hitch Hike" by Marvin Gaye. The Velvet Underground also swiped this intro for their song, "There She Goes Again." Marr recalled: "There's a little in-joke in there just to illustrate how intellectual I was getting. At the time everyone was into The Velvet Underground and they stole the intro to 'There She Goes Again' - 'da da-da-da, da-da!' - from The Rolling Stones' version of 'Hitch Hike,' the Marvin Gaye song. I just wanted to put that in to see whether the press would say, 'Oh it's the Velvet Underground!' Cos I knew that I was smarter than that. I was listening to what The Velvet Underground was listening to."
This song appeared to play and record itself. "We did it at the start of the day," Marr reminisced to NME in 2011. "It was an enjoyable 40 minutes. When we all got together, one-two-three-four, it was the first time all four of us had heard what it sounded like. It was magical. Someone told me that if you listen with the volume really, really up you can hear me shout 'That was amazing' right at the end."
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