Morning Glory (Oasis song)

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"Morning Glory"
Single by Oasis
from the album (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
B-side "It's Better People"
"Rockin' Chair"
"Live Forever" (Live at Glastonbury '95)
Released 15 September 1995
Format CD single
Recorded 1995
Genre Rock, Britpop, hard rock, psychedelic rock
Length 5:03
Label Creation, Epic
Writer(s) Noel Gallagher
Producer(s) Owen Morris, Noel Gallagher
Oasis singles chronology
"Roll with It"
(1995)
"Morning Glory"
(1995)
"Wonderwall"
(1995)
(What's the Story) Morning Glory? track listing

"Morning Glory" is a song by the English rock band Oasis, written by Noel Gallagher, and released on the band's second album (What's the Story) Morning Glory? in September 1995. It was given an Australian-only single release and was also a radio single in the United States.

History[edit]

Gallagher claims that he was drunk while writing it.[citation needed] According to Noel, parts of the song were inspired by walking while listening to a Walkman ("walking to the sound of my favourite tune") and using cocaine ("all your dreams are made/when you're chained to the mirror and the razor blade"), since razors are often used to cut cocaine into lines on a mirror, from which they are then snorted.[citation needed] It has been suggested that the song is about drug addiction in general ("need a little time to wake up/need a little time to rest your mind/you know you should so I guess you might as well").[citation needed]

The line "Tomorrow never knows what it doesn't know too soon" seems to reference The Beatles' song "Tomorrow Never Knows", though Gallagher claims to have completely forgotten why he felt it was relevant to the song.[citation needed] Over the years the song was regular on their live performance set.[citation needed]

According to Gallagher in a 2005 interview, the song originated from an early song called "Blue". The lyrics were something along the lines of:

"I live my life in blue,
There's nothing anyone can do"

...which he decreed to be "fucking awful." There was also an early song written by Noel, entitled "The Mirror and the Razorblade", where the first verse went:

"The mirror and the razorblade,

If you live round here it's where your dreams are made,
There's no beach, no bucket and spade,

For me"

...the second verse went:

"Rainy Monday afternoon,

All you need is your favourite tune,
The end of the day can't come too soon,

For me"

...and the third verse went:

"Remember what we used to say,

The dreams we'd dream and the games we'd [play],
It doesn't matter anymore anyway,

To me"
  • On the album, the song segues into the 40-second untitled track, which in turn segues into "Champagne Supernova". This is the same thing that happens on Stop the Clocks, except the untitled track is not included, leaving the water sounds from "Morning Glory" to directly segue straight into "Champagne Supernova".

Music video[edit]

The songs accompanying video is directed by Jake Scott. The band is performing in a room when one or two people (or robots) at a time come up to knock on the door and look in the peep hole. Finally the video concludes with everyone going to the door together, just as the band is packing up.

Personnel[edit]

  • Liam Gallagher - vocals
  • Noel Gallagher - lead guitar and backing vocals
  • Paul Arthurs - rhythm guitar
  • Paul McGuigan - bass
  • Alan White - drums

Covers[edit]

  • Weezer covered this song on their 2008 Troublemaker Tour. Patrick Wilson took lead vocals/lead guitar for the cover.
  • Deryck Whibley of Sum 41 has also played an acoustic cover.
  • Ruiner released a cover on a split with Attica! Attica!.

Track listing[edit]

  • CD 662488 2
  1. "Morning Glory" - 5:01
  2. "It's Better People" - 3:59
  3. "Rockin' Chair" - 4:35
  4. "Live Forever" (Live at Glastonbury '95) - 4:39
  • "Live Forever" was recorded live at the Glastonbury Festival on 23 June 1995.
  • The B-sides on the single are the same as on the "Roll with It" single released in the UK and parts of Europe.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Australia ARIA Singles Chart 25
Canadian RPM Alternative 30 4
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 24

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