Go Let It Out

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"Go Let It Out"
Single by Oasis
from the album Standing on the Shoulder of Giants
B-side "Let's All Make Believe"
"(As Long as They've Got) Cigarettes in Hell"
Released 7 February 2000
Format CD, 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, cassette
Recorded 1999
Genre Alternative rock, neo-psychedelia
Length 4:38
Label Big Brother
Writer(s) Noel Gallagher
Producer(s) Mark Stent, Noel Gallagher
Oasis singles chronology
"Don't Go Away"
"Go Let It Out"
"Where Did It All Go Wrong?"

"Go Let It Out" is a song by the English rock band Oasis, written by the band's lead guitarist, and chief songwriter, Noel Gallagher. It was released in 2000 as the first single from their fourth studio album Standing on the Shoulder of Giants. The song peaked at #1 in the UK Singles Chart[1] and was later certified Silver. The song was the 36th best selling single of 2000 in the UK.


The lyrics are a similar vein to "Roll with It" in that it encourages the listener to get on with their life. The song samples the drums from Johnny Jenkins' version of Dr John's "I Walk on Gilded Splinters." The title may be a reference to the line in "Hey Jude" by The Beatles, "So let it out and let it in, hey Jude, begin." Noel described the song as "the closest we came to sounding like a modern day Beatles" in the 'Lock the Box' interview found on the DVD in the special edition of Stop the Clocks. The lyrics of the chorus appear to have been inspired by the opening stanza of R.L. Sharpe's poem "Bag of Tools" - "Isn't it strange, that princes and kings, and clowns that caper in sawdust rings, and common folk like you and me, are the builders for eternity." The guitar riff is very similar to The Beta Band's Dry the Rain, and Noel cited Beta Band as an influence in this period.[2]

The song, along with B-side "(As Long as They've Got) Cigarettes in Hell," also embodies the psychedelic feel which the band experimented with on the album. It couples this with an acoustic guitar chord sequence. "Let's All Make Believe," the second B-Side is considered by many to be one of the best Oasis B-sides. Some people believe the lyrics of this song to relate to the cracks that began forming in the group at the time (see below), for example: "So let's all make believe/that we're still friends and we like each other."

Due to the departure of guitarist Bonehead and bassist Guigsy in the early recording sessions for Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, the track features only Liam Gallagher (vocals), Noel Gallagher (rhythm guitar, bass guitar, lead guitar, keyboards) and Alan White (drums). It also contains a drum loop.

Oasis were looking for replacements for founding members Bonehead and Guigsy and while Bonehead was quickly replaced with fellow Creation signing and former Heavy Stereo frontman Gem Archer, Guigsy proved harder to replace. Thus the video for "Go Let It Out" had to be filmed with Noel on bass, Archer in Noel's role as lead guitarist and Liam in Archer's role as rhythm guitarist.

The B-side "Let's All Make Believe" has recently been included in several lists as a 'hidden gem,' such as Q magazine placing it at number one on its list of the '500 best lost tracks' and at number four on its list of songs to download for the month of January 2006. Q magazine said in the description, "If Standing on the Shoulder of Giants had contained this track, it would have probably got another star." The song did feature on the Japanese release of the album.

In the "Lock the Box" interview, Noel considers "Go Let It Out" to be "head and shoulders" above any other songs he had written during this time, and "up there with some of the best things I've ever done."

The video was filmed on location in Surrey, England by director Nick Egan in November 1999.

A noticeable fact about this single is that it was knocked off the number-one spot after only one week by the All Saints single "Pure Shores." Oasis' previous single "All Around the World" did the same thing to the All Saints' 1997 single "Never Ever." Frontman Liam Gallagher and All Saints' Nicole Appleton married in 2008.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 23
Canada Rock Chart (RPM) 5
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[4] 36
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[5] 5
France (SNEP)[6] 66
Ireland (IRMA) 1
Italy (FIMI) 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 31
Norway (VG-lista)[8] 3
Polish Singles Chart[9] 32
Spain (AFYVE)[10] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 14
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 23
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 1

It was the 36th biggest selling single of 2000 in the UK.

Track listing[edit]

  • CD RKIDSCD 001
  1. "Go Let It Out" - 4:38
  2. "Let's All Make Believe" - 3:53
  3. "(As Long as They've Got) Cigarettes in Hell" - 4:21
  • 7" RKID 001
  1. "Go Let It Out" - 4:38
  2. "Let's All Make Believe" - 3:53
  • 12" RKID 001T
  1. "Go Let It Out" - 4:38
  2. "Let's All Make Believe" - 3:53
  3. "(As Long as They've Got) Cigarettes in Hell" - 4:21
  • Cassette RKIDCS 001
  1. "Go Let It Out" - 4:38
  2. "Let's All Make Believe" - 3:53
  • Japanese CD ESCA 8114
  1. "Go Let It Out"
  2. "(As Long as They've Got) Cigarettes in Hell"
  3. "Helter Skelter"
  • This was the first Oasis product to be released via their new Big Brother record label. The catalogue numbers across all formats include RKID 001.
  • Due to new regulations concerning the length of singles in the UK, this was the first Oasis single to only include 2 B-sides.

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Preceded by
"Rise" by Gabrielle
UK Singles Chart number one single
19 February 2000
(one week)
Succeeded by
"Pure Shores" by All Saints