Songbird (Oasis song)

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"Songbird"
Songbird sleeve.jpg
Single by Oasis
from the album Heathen Chemistry
B-side "(You've Got) The Heart of a Star"
"Columbia" (Live)
Released 3 February 2003
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, CD, DVD
Recorded 2002
Genre Britpop
Length 2:08
2:47 (music video)
Label Big Brother
Songwriter(s) Liam Gallagher
Producer(s) Oasis
Oasis singles chronology
"Little by Little/She Is Love"
(2002)
"Songbird"
(2003)
"Lyla"
(2005)
"Little by Little/She Is Love"
(2002)
"Songbird"
(2003)
"Lyla"
(2005)

"Songbird" is a song by English rock band Oasis, from their fifth studio album Heathen Chemistry, and is the first single by Oasis written by vocalist Liam Gallagher.

Composition[edit]

Liam has said of the song: "I like beautiful things . . . It's not all dark in Liam World. I take me shades off every now and again and have a look at the world and see some nice things." Noel Gallagher stated jokingly in an interview with Patrick Kielty that Liam decided to "write a song about his bird", and states the title "Song . . . bird" in a cave man like manner. The song was written as a tribute to then-fiancée Nicole Appleton.[1] "Songbird" was composed in the key of G major using common time at 132 beats per minute.[2]


Music video[edit]

The video features Liam performing the song in Hyde Park in London, whilst playing an acoustic guitar under a tree, and alternately chasing and being chased by a dog. The video also has an appearance by Appleton.[1]

It currently has over 7.6 million views.[4]

Release and other versions[edit]

The song was released as the fourth single from the band's Heathen Chemistry album, on 3 February 2003[5] and peaked at number 3 in the UK charts.[6] It is included on the band's compilation album Stop the Clocks.[7] Being written by lead singer Liam Gallagher,[8] it was the first time the band had released a single not written by his brother Noel. "(You've Got) The Heart of the Star" and "Columbia" are B-sides, the latter of which was recorded live at the Glasgow Barrowlands, in October 2001.[5]

The demo of the song is a typical Oasis approach to the song, featuring overdriven guitar and a stronger beat, as well as a guitar solo. Courtney Love has said that she and Liam played a version with her whistling and Gallagher playing guitar and singing, this was noted in the book Kurt and Courtney: Talking. Gallagher played the song for UK Radio Aid in January 2005.[9]

Reception[edit]

Doug Levy for CMJ New Music Report said that Gallagher had a "surprising talent for songwriting", referring to "Songbird" and album tracks "Better Man" and "Born a Different Cloud".[10] Spin magazine's Chuck Klosterman said "Songbird" was one of the two "most compelling songs" on the album.[8]

Track listing[edit]

  • 7" (RKID 27)
  1. "Songbird" - 2:08
  2. "(You've Got) The Heart of a Star" - 5:22
  • 12" (RKID 27T)
  1. "Songbird" - 2:08
  2. "(You've Got) The Heart of a Star" - 5:22
  3. "Columbia" (Live) - 4:48
  • CD (RKIDSCD 27)
  1. "Songbird" - 2:08
  2. "(You've Got) The Heart of a Star" - 5:22
  3. "Columbia" (Live) - 4:48
  • DVD (RKIDSDVD 27)
  1. "Songbird" - 2:07
  2. "Songbird" (Demo) - 2:48
  3. Exclusive interview and live performance footage - 13:48
  • Japanese CD edition
  1. "Songbird"
  2. "Songbird" (Demo)
  3. "Columbia" (Live)

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[11] Silver 200,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Other appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Agencies (6 February 2003). "Showbiz bytes 06/02/03". theage.com.au. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Digital Sheet Music, Oasis 'Songbird'". Musicnotes.com. Peer International Music Publishing. 2002. 
  3. ^ "Long road to find the magic - Music - Entertainment". smh.com.au. 13 June 2005. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KJgBkreAuw
  5. ^ a b "Oasis regrava Wonderwall" (in Portuguese). Cifra Club News. 22 January 2003. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "OASIS | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Stop the Clocks - Oasis | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Klosterman, Chuck (August 2002). "Reviews". SPIN. 18 (8): 113. 
  9. ^ "Entertainment | Radio Aid marathon day raises £3m". BBC News. 18 January 2005. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  10. ^ Levy, Doug (12 August 2002). "Reviews". CMJ New Music Report. 72 (8): 6. 
  11. ^ "British single certifications – Oasis – Songbird". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 9 June 2017.  Enter Songbird in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search

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