Then the Morning Comes

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"Then the Morning Comes"
Then the Morning Comes.jpg
Single by Smash Mouth
from the album Astro Lounge
B-side"Come On Come On", "Radio"[1]
ReleasedSeptember 14, 1999 (1999-09-14)
GenrePop rock, psychedelic pop[2]
Songwriter(s)Greg Camp, Paul Barry
Producer(s)Eric Valentine
Smash Mouth singles chronology
"All Star"
"Then the Morning Comes"
"I'm a Believer"
Music video
"Then the Morning Comes" on YouTube

"Then the Morning Comes" is a song by American band Smash Mouth. It was released in September 1999 as the second single from the band's second studio album, Astro Lounge. The song was a successful follow-up to the international hit "All Star" in several nations, peaking at number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100, number two in Canada, number 17 in Iceland and number 22 in New Zealand.


"Then the Morning Comes" is written with the verses and pre-choruses in C minor, the chorus in E♭ major, and the bridge in C major. The song runs at 116 beats per minute.[3] Like most Smash Mouth songs, the music is played a semitone flat.

Music video[edit]

The music video was filmed in Santa Cruz, California and directed by Scott Marshall. In this Great Value All Star, Steve Harwell wakes up at noon and gets ready to get going for his day (Note: Waking up at noon skips breakfast). First, the man himself meets everyone at the beach and the band Smash Mouth plays there, but his dog pees on him, causing everyone and the band to laugh at him, as it was a humiliating moment. Next, he stops his motorcycle and sees the band Smash Mouth playing there as well. Also, he meets his girlfriend (played by Stacy Sanches) at the movie theater, but his shoes get stuck by a piece of gum on the floor. He then trips. Next, he goes to a bar in a hotel and meets her again and oddly enough, the band Smash Mouth plays there too. However, both can be seen wearing white polka-dot sweatpants, and they start to love each other. In the end, they wake up and the same man tosses his alarm clock on the floor, as glass shattering can be heard.


Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States September 14, 1999 (1999-09-14) Alternative radio Interscope [15]
October 4, 1999 (1999-10-04) Hot adult contemporary radio [16]
October 5, 1999 (1999-10-05) Contemporary hit radio [17]


  1. ^ Then the Morning Comes (Australasian CD single liner notes). Smash Mouth. Interscope Records. 1999. 497 221-2.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  2. ^ Sinclair, Tom (June 11, 1999). "Astro Lounge". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 10, 2020.
  3. ^ Smash Mouth "Then the Morning Comes" Sheet Music.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 9707." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 9698." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  6. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 20 (18.11 – 25.11 1999)". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). November 19, 1999. p. 10. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  7. ^ "Smash Mouth – Then the Morning Comes". Top 40 Singles.
  8. ^ "Smash Mouth Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Smash Mouth Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  10. ^ "Smash Mouth Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  11. ^ "Smash Mouth Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  12. ^ "Smash Mouth Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  13. ^ "RPM 1999 Top 100 Hit Tracks". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  14. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 2000". Retrieved August 31, 2010.
  15. ^ "Alternative: Going for Adds". Radio & Records. No. 1316. September 10, 1999. p. 118.
  16. ^ "Hot AC: Going for Adds". Radio & Records. No. 1319. October 1, 1999. p. 95.
  17. ^ "CHR/Pop: Going for Adds". Radio & Records. No. 1319. October 1, 1999. p. 54.