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Songs As Sermons: There Is A Light…

The Smiths were one of the most iconic Alternative Rock bands. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out was one of their many prominent songs, and it is packed with meaning. The front man for The Smiths, commonly known by his last name Morrissey, spoke about this song:

 

When you’re a teenager and in your early twenties it seems desperately eternal and excruciatingly painful. Whereas as you grow older you realise that most things are excruciatingly painful and that is the human condition. Most of us continue to survive because we’re convinced that somewhere along the line, with grit and determination and perseverance, we will end up in some magical union with somebody. It’s a fallacy, of course, but it’s a form of religion. You have to believe. There is a light that never goes out and it’s called hope.

“I’ve always felt like an exile” by Andrew Billen in The Times (30th May 2006)

 

We all need hope. Hope in our relationships. Hope for something beyond what Morrissey calls this, “excruciatingly painful” existence.

 

I have always found the words of Peter so interesting when it comes to hope, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a LIVING HOPE through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.” – 1 Peter 1:3-4

 

Hope is alive. Peter makes it clear that our hope is not something we convince ourselves to get through the day to day. To get through the reality that life is short, and many times can be filled with pain and despair. Hope is the reality that there is a light that never goes out, and that light is seeking us, and we are being drawn closer to that light daily.

 

May you remember that Living Hope exists for you here and now.

 

May you discover the light that will never go out.

 

LYRICS:

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 haven’t 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 don’t drop me home
Because it’s 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 don’t care
I don’t care, I don’t 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 haven’t got one, da
Oh, I haven’t 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

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