Cemetry Gates by The Smiths

This month’s ‘putting the fun in funeral’ post is another musical edition!

I really love this song, and I’m a huge fan of The Smiths, but I have to say that Morissey has really annoyed me with one, tiny, little thing… WHY did he spell cemetery WRONG?! Yup, the typo in the title is not mine, that’s how it appears on the original track listing. I only realised recently, because this is my CD copy of the album:

smiths queen is dead

The copy of The Queen is Dead which my boyfriend at the time burned for me when I was 17.

My ex spelled cemetery in the conventional manner, so it wasn’t until I was looking to add to my vinyl collection that I noticed the spelling!

I might just have to forgive The Smiths for this gross oversight though, because the lyrics for this song are fantastic. I love the line ‘all those people, all those lives, where are they now?’ even if Morissey is being his typically over emotional self about it all! My fieldwork at Pere Lachaise and my love of his work in general makes me fond of the Oscar Wilde references too.

The video I’m posting has the lyrics, it also features footage of Oak Grove Cemetery. Based on some quick internet searches I think it may be the Oak Grove Cemetery in Fall River Massachusetts (link to their friends website here), but I’d really like to know for sure (there are several others in Massachusetts alone). If you recognize the cemetery, please leave a comment below.

Otherwise, just enjoy the music and I hope that ‘weird lover Wilde’ is on your side too!


  • Putting the fun in funeral! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this!

  • I do like to add a dash of whimsy! Glad you enjoyed!

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