Some Velvet Morning

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"Some Velvet Morning"
Single by Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood
from the album Movin' With Nancy
A-side Some Velvet Morning
B-side Oh, Lonesome Me
Released 1967
Format Vinyl
Recorded 1967
Genre Psychedelic
Length 3:39
Label Reprise
Writer(s) Lee Hazlewood
Producer(s) Bob Gaudio

"Some Velvet Morning" is a psychedelic pop song written by Lee Hazlewood and originally recorded by Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra in late 1967. It first appeared on Sinatra's album Movin' with Nancy, the soundtrack to her 1967 television special of the same name, which also featured a performance of the song.

Although "Some Velvet Morning" is one of the more famous duets Hazlewood and Sinatra recorded together, it is considered a departure from their usual fare, as it is decidedly less influenced by country & western music. The single peaked at number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1968.[1]

In 2003, London's The Daily Telegraph called the song, "One of the strangest, druggiest, most darkly sexual songs ever written - ambitious, beautiful and unforgettable."[2] As with many psychedelic songs, its overall meaning is somewhat obscure. The lyrics consist of the male part describing a mysterious, powerful woman named Phaedra, who educated the speaker in the ways of love. The male part alternates with the female part, who identifies herself as Phaedra and speaks over ethereal, twinkling music about beautiful nature imagery and about the secrets held by an unknown collective "us."

The song has been covered many times, usually as a duet.

Construction[edit]

The male part of the song is in 4/4 time signature whereas the female part is in 3/4.

Legacy[edit]

  • In November 2003, music critics working for the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph placed the Sinatra/Hazlewood single at the No. 1 spot in their list of the "50 Best Duets Ever."[3]

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