"There Is A Light That Never Goes Out"|
The music was written by Johnny late in the summer of 1985, after having composed "Frankly, Mr Shankly" and "I Know It's Over" in the company of Morrissey. Morrissey wrote the lyrics shortly after that.
The song was recorded in September 1985 at RAK Studios in London. Initial versions featured the song's title, or more accurately, the line "there's a light in your eyes and it never goes out". This was removed at the mixing stage in October or November 1985 at Jacobs Studios in Farnham (Surrey). Morrissey and Johnny produced the recording, with Stephen Street as recording engineer.
This song has been done in concert 41 times by the Smiths, perhaps even up to 43 times if we take into account the fact that information is missing for a few setlists of that era. It was soundchecked on the 1985 Scottish tour but never made the set. It got its live debut in early 1986 when the band was playing a handful of 'loose' dates in between tours. It was done 3 times then. It was on the setlist each and every night on the subsequent Queen Is Dead tour, but was not played one night because the concert was ended prematurely.
The song was also done 165 times by Morrissey after the Smiths. He introduced it on the 2002 tour without a name where it was the standard encore. It was played each and every night except for two Australian festival appearances where Morrissey could not return for an encore. Each and every audience on the 2004 You Are The Quarry tour was treated to the Smiths classic except for Las Vegas near the end of the tour, but to make up for it Morrissey sang it twice at the very last date of the tour. Again the song was the preferred encore between early May and mid-June and between late August and late November. It was given a break on the Tour Of The Tormentors MMVI, and returned for 4 very scattered airings on the 2007-2008 Greatest Hits tour. It was played 36 times out of 47 dates on the 2011 tour, then 14 times out of 56 concert in 2012.
"I didn't realise that 'There Is A Light' was going to be an anthem but when we first played it I thought it was the best song I'd ever heard. 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' - da da da-da, da da-da-da, Dah Dah! - from the Rolling Stones version of 'Hitchhike,' 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."