a short site about The Divine Comedy

French version

The Dead Only Quickly

Lyrics & Music: Stephin Merritt

Published by: Gay And Loud Music

Originally interpreted by: The Gothic Archies

Covered by: The Divine Comedy / The 6th's (feat. Neil Hannon)


To see the lyrics, click on the name of the version you are interested in (on the left).




The song was written by Stephin Merritt for his band The Gothic Archies. The Divine Comedy covered this song in 1997, during the US tour, and a saxo version was recorded as a B-side for The Certainty Of Chance.

In 2000, Neil Hannon re-recorded a piano version of the song for The 6ths’ - another of Stephin Merritt's bands - album Hyacinths and Thistles. For the occasion, Neil was guest to perform it at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire with Stephin Merritt’s (once again) Magnetic Fields.