The Smiths – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (Outro)

The outro guitar part as played by Johnny Marr in the ‘Imagine: Story Of Guitar’ documentary.

I’ve included a short clip at the beginning of the video where he plays it, then the demo with tab follows.


I’m playing my Rickenbacker 330 JG from the 1990’s. Marr plays the outro himself on his ‘old faithful’ in the opening clip, through what looks like a Fender Deluxe Reverb:

…my 1983 Black Rickenbacker 330 that I used throughout The Smiths. I got it from A1 Repairs on Oxford Road in Manchester and it was my main guitar at all the early gigs. It’s the sound of the riff on ‘What Difference Does It Make’ and ‘Reel Around The Fountain’, all of the first album and on other albums too. I still use it now.

For the rest of the signal chain, I’m using the same setup as for my The Smiths – William, It Was Really Nothing (Live 1985) with the exception of the TC Flashback. For this video I’m adding some BPM-timed delay on the guitar channel within my DAW.


This is more or less what I’m playing; some of the ghost notes in the tab are louder than others. It is pretty close to what Johnny plays in the clip – I’ve attempted to draw out the pattern he plays on the lower strings into a consistent part over 12 bars. You can also grab the Ultimate Guitar file via my tabs page.

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