Day two of our series of Smiths covers brings a haunting rendition of “This Night Has Opened My Eyes” from Joan As Police Woman. The arrangement is sparse—merely piano, strings, keening vocals.
The original song comes from The Smiths’ 1984 compilation of singles and B-Sides, Hatful of Hollow, released (at least in England) just months after their eponymous first album was issued. The band recorded most of the Hatful material (which most memorably included “How Soon Is Now?”) over several BBC sessions in 1983. Strangely, no US edition was released until 1993; I can still remember searching for it in the Imports area of my local record store in the late 80s.
UK tastemakers NME once listed “This Night Has Opened My Eyes” as #3 among the “10 Most Depression Songs Ever”—describing the track as a “tale about cheery baby/water/infanticide”—and we admit it’s not the brightest offering among Morrissey’s catalog of doom and misanthropy.
But a fine cover it is, and it may well suit your Tuesday mood. Enjoy.