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|Album/single||Greatest Hits / Redondo Beach/There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (single)|
|Release||April 2005 (and BBC radio broadcast 2004)|
|Recorded||Janice Long radio session, December 17, 2004|
Earl's Court, London, December 18, 2004)
Original version by Patti Smith is found on her 1975 album: "Live at the Bottom Line, New York, 1975 (FM Radio Broadcast)".
It was covered by Morrissey live in concert and on a Janice Long Radio Session (2004).
Late afternoon, dreaming hotel We just had the quarrel that sent you away I was looking for you, are you gone gone?
Called you on the phone, another dimension Well, you never returned, oh you know what I mean I went looking for you, are you gone, gone?
Down by the ocean it was so dismal, Women all standing with a shock on their faces Sad description, oh I was looking for you
Everyone was singing, girl is washed up On Redondo Beach and everyone is so sad I was looking for you, are you gone gone?
Pretty little girl, everyone cried She was the victim of sweet suicide I went looking for you, are you gone gone?
Down by the ocean it was so dismal, Women all standing with shock on their faces Sad description, oh I was looking for you
Desk clerk told me girl was washed up, Was small, an angel with apple blonde hair, now I went looking for you, are you gone gone?
Picked up my key, didn't reply Went to my room, started to cry You were small, an angel, are you gone gone?
Down by the ocean it was so dismal I was just standing with shock on my face The hearse pulled away, and the girl that had died, it was you
You'll never return into my arms 'cause you were gone gone Never return into my arms 'cause you were gone gone Gone gone, gone gone, good-bye.
Play count (Morrissey concert): 7
Morrissey live history:
- Birmingham, England 2004-12-14 (Morrissey concert)
- Brighton, England 2004-12-17 (Morrissey concert)
- Dublin, Ireland 2004-12-20 (Morrissey concert)
- Glasgow, Scotland 2004-12-13 (Morrissey concert)
- London, England 2004-12-18 (Morrissey concert)
- Los Angeles, California 2004-11-11 (Morrissey concert)
- Paris, France 2004-11-22 (Morrissey concert)
"Redondo Beach" is a rock/reggae song written by Patti Smith, Richard Sohl, and Lenny Kaye. It first was released on Patti Smith's 1975 album Horses. It also was published as a poem in Smith's 1972 book kodak under the title "Radando Beach". The lyrics relate the suicide by drowning of a young woman following an argument with the song's narrator. It has frequently been interpreted as a lesbian-themed song; Smith appeared to encourage this interpretation in her live performances, often introducing the song with "Redondo Beach is a beach where women love other women".She later said that she wrote the lyrics in 1971 following a fight with her sister Linda; Linda had disappeared for the day, causing Patti to worry that she had come to harm. Smith also stated that she considers herself "beyond gender" in her artistic expression. Smith's lyrics were set to a reggae arrangement.
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- Morrissey A-Z: "Redondo Beach" - Morrissey-solo (Jul 22, 2021)