a short site about The Divine Comedy

French version

Too Young To Die

Lyrics & Music: Neil Hannon

Published by: BMG Music Publishing Ltd.

Originally interpreted by: The Divine Comedy


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




This is the second exclusive song that was released on A Secret History, and it has never been played live.

It is a very important song in the evolution of The Divine Comedy because it marks a turning point. As such, its position in the best of is not gratuitous: it’s the song before last.

Neil Hannon composed this song in 1998, for Fin De Siècle, but decided not to include it in the album. It was probably written at the time when The Divine Comedy signed with Parlophone. This change of label, from a small indie label to a very big one, meant that things would have to change. Neil felt that after Fin De Siècle he had reached a point where he couldn’t go further. He had to change track.

When the song was released, many were afraid that The Divine Comedy might split up or go for a totally different sort of music. We know now what happened: Neil Hannon actually decided to write something different, less romantic and artistic, and to put “[his] suit, [his] shirt, [his] tie” back in the wardrobe.