“The Youngest Was the Most Loved” by Morrissey

On “The Youngest Was the Most Loved”, Morrissey is singing of the irony of life, so to speak. The subject is a man who was apparently the youngest child of his parents. And by virtue of being the last born, he was the recipient of ‘the most love’ from his parents. This included the family doing all they could to protect him from the evil of the outside world, albeit while disregarding his own seemingly-harmless personality flaws. And he did grow up quite ‘normally’, scoring “a lovely wife” and all. But at the end of the day, he still “turned into a killer”. 

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Morrissey's The Youngest Was the Most Loved at Lyrics.org.

And the point Morrissey seems to be making, in a roundabout way, is that you can’t judge circumstances by their outward appearance, nor can you take anything for granted when it comes to the negativity which is out there. Or as the vocalist himself puts it, “there is no such thing in life as normal”.

This song was written by Morrissey and Jesse Tobias. And its producer is Tony Visconti.

It came out on 5 June 2006 as the second single from Morrissey’s album entitled “Ringleader of the Tormentors”. And the label behind the tune is Sanctuary Records.

“The Youngest Was the Most Loved” reached a peak position of number 14 on the UK Singles Chart.

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