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Don’t Forget the Songs-365: Mach Tres: Day 222
Wed. Sept. 25, 2013

“Will Never Marry”
Morrissey

1998

“♫ I’m
writing
this to
say/ in
a gentle
way/ thank
you/ but
no
♫”

Even more so than the classic A-side, and second single from Morrissey’s debut album Viva Hate, “Everyday is Like Sunday,” the fantastic flip fantasia that is “Will Never Mary” evokes waves of utter desolation crashing over the wishful desires masterfully drowning over this understated Morrissey B-side. I love the way guitarist Vini Reilly, composer John Metcalfe and producer Stephen Street brought Moz’s utter desperation to life in the guise of the echoing whale sounds of sound effects, strings and keys that made “Will Never Marry” an almost undiscovered masterpiece in Morrissey’s majestic song canon.

In Johnny Rogan’s book Morrissey, Suede singer Brett Anderson and fan of The Smiths and Moz, once described “Will Never Marry” as, “[…] moving, human and passionate, but strangely not in an explicitly lyrical sense. There is an overwhelming feeling of loss but with desolation. I always thought it was a touching reply to a piece of fan mail.” “Marry” is paean to any one of his fans looking for more than just his lyrics for comfort and understanding. “Will Never” is Morrissey telling his fans, these songs are all that I can give to you.

Street remembered the recording ‘Will Never Marry” in Simon Goddard ‘s Mozipedia when Stephen recalled, “Morrissey said he wanted the noise of people cheering somebody running in a race, and kids in a playground. He also wanted the sound of a mother calling out to her son. My wife, Sarah, was visiting the studio that day with my baby son William. Since she was the only woman in the studio, we asked her to do it. So that’s my wife shouting “Steven” towards the end. Afterwards Morrissey told me it put a chill down his spine every time he heard it.” Moz wasn’t the only one; you can’t help but feel a sense of longing and transcendental melancholia while listening to ‘Will Never Marry.”

Even Stephen would admit in 2012 that during these post Viva Hate sessions was where he and Morrissey hit their creative peak as Street confessed, “Luckily a few months later Viva Hate did come out, to completely cover to cover fantastic reviews. So then he got back in touch and we started writing again, I was really getting into gear, I mean if you look at the songs that were recorded for the B-side to ‘Everyday Is Like Sunday’, songs like ‘Sister I’m a Poet’, ‘Will Never Marry’, ‘Disappointed’, they’re really fine songs. So I was thinking “Right, we’re really finding out feet now”, but around then I realized that you can never really relax with Morrissey and you never know where you stand and that was that.”

Unfortunately, Street’s recording partnership was Moz short-lived but the results of his collaboration with Morrissey will live on every time you spin the original Everyday is Like Sunday single. Eventually released in the compilation confines of 1990’s Bona Drag, the fruits of Stephen Street’s lyrical alliance with Morrissey like fine wine grows greater and more magnificent with age.

The B-side that Morrissey fans like me would spin alone in our room remains the anthem for the lost romantics looking for someone to relieve the lonesome strain of our confused isolationism. Relive the melancholy majesty within the lyrical song treasure of Morrissey’s “Will Never Marry.”

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