No One Will Ever Love You
is, in Stephin Merritt's account, an attempt to distil Fleetwood Mac's Tusk
album (see a [selection of reviews]
) into a single song. This applies not just to the composition and arrangement, but to the lyrics as well, which are obliquely styled to hint at desires, passions and tensions without ever quite naming them ('Where is the madness that you promised me?').
Stephin was at one time lined up to write a book on Tusk as part of Continuum's 33 ⅓ series (source: [David Barker's blog]) but this did not happen for reasons unknown.
In live performance of the song, Stephin has been known to introduce singer Shirley Simms as Shirley Nicks.