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Morning Glory by Oasis

Album: (What's the Story) Morning Glory?Released: 1995
  • This song is about someone who is addicted to methamphetamines or cocaine, and how you really don't have a great chance of a good future when you are addicted. The basic point of the song is that these users need "wake up" and realize that they are ruining their lives and their futures.
  • Noel Gallagher wrote the lyrics. Here's some analysis:

    "All your dreams are made when you're chained to the mirror and the razor blade" - Mirrors and razor blades are often used to chop up cocaine for snorting.

    "Tomorrow never knows what it doesn't know too soon" - When people are addicted to cocaine or meth, usually they live day to day by just keeping the drug in their system and constantly using it. This line is a tribute to The Beatles song "Tomorrow Never Knows." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Randi - Linton, ME, for above 2
  • A morning glory is a kind of flower. Its blossoms open early in the morning and close by noon. Morning Glory also refers to a waking up with an erection in the morning, the joke being he's asking his penis, "What's the story?" >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Tanzeed - London, England
  • According to Noel in a 2005 interview, the song was originally titled "Blue." The lyrics were something along the lines of: "I live my life in blue... there's nothing anyone can do," which Noel could only decree to be "F--king awful." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Derek - Kingsport, TN
  • Morning Glory is also a term for a horse that runs well, but doesn't finish strong in races. Like the flower, they bloom early and fade fast. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • (What's the Story) Morning Glory was named Best British Album of the past 30 Years in a special category created to celebrate the 30th Brits ceremony. Oasis singer Liam Gallagher accepted the award with no sign of brother Noel, and threw the statuette straight into the crowd.
  • Apart from being title of Oasis's 1995 album, the phrase 'What's Your Story, Morning Glory' also pops up on Bobby Gentry's 1968 song "Morning Glory" ("Good Morning, Morning Glory/Good Morning, what's your story?") and Gordon Lightfoot's 1986 song also of the same name ("Morning glory, what's the story? Will it ever end?").

    It was popularized in the 1963 film Bye Bye Birdie, where young ladies use it as a greeting when they pick up the phone, hoping for some good gossip:

    "What's the story, morning glory? What's the tale, nightingale?"
    "What's the story, morning glory? What's the word, hummingbird?"

    According to Melissa Lim, who spent time with Noel Gallagher after one of his meltdowns in 1994, he got the phrase from her, as she used it when she answered the phone.
  • The album cover was shot in the morning sun on Berwick Street, Soho, London. The two people you can see are London DJ Sean Rowley (facing the camera) and album sleeve designer Brian Cannon. Co- producer Owen Morris can also be seen in the background, on the left footpath, holding the album's master tape in front of his face.

    Brian Cannon initially got the artwork gig because Noel Gallagher liked his trainers. He also played keyboards on this track.
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Comments: 26

Noel would never wake up with an erection, unless he had a sexy dream. And I think Annabeth is right. Chris were you trying to be random?Panini - Killeen, Tx
In the 1963 film bye bye birdie, they greet each other saying 'whats the story, morning glory?' during one of the songs. i havnt seen it any where before that.Susy - Melbourne, Australia
about drugs drugs and more drugsRichard - Essex, United Kingdom
Its about living your life round coke and the taking of coke constantly.Which is pretty much what Oasis did for a couple of years. Anyone who has taken large amounts, knows that for a man, although you want to have sex all the time - the sad fact is that it makes it very difficult to gain erection for any length of time. Hence "Whats the story, Morning Glory". What the f--k is going on here ? Or it is simply referring to the first line of the day, taken over breakfast - hence Morning Glory!!Simon - London, England
Ok. So
"All your dreams are made
When you're chained to the mirror with the razor blade" - Blad and mirror is used to form form the of blow. And when you snort you don't really have future
"Today's the day that all the world will see" - some time after it shows that youre on blow, and youre wandering when people will see it
"Another sunny afternoon,
Walking to the sound of my favorite tune" - Another snort and a favorit track, Every day is the same
"Tomorrow never knows what it doesn't know too soon" - As sad earlier world is turning around the drug
"Need a little time to wake up, Need a little time to rest your mind" - When you snorting blow the day after you fill realy f--ked up. And you need another snort to wake you up.
"What's the story, Morning Glory" - As sad beefor morning glory is the expresion for morning erection. Simply when you take cocaine or meth for long it damages youre penis and simply don't have the morning erection.
Tomash - Warsaw, Poland
This song is obviously about addiction to crack cocaine and the users wishes to break free.

"all your dreams are made, when you're chained to the mirror and the razor blade,todays the day that all the world will see" sees the user dreaming of getting his life back on track.

"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"

characterises his addiction and his dependency on the drug to get through the day.
Dave - Liverpool, England
Levi - 'Country House' by Blur was originally recorded before the Morning Glory album was finished, therefore that line could not have been a snipe at Oasis. 'Contry House' is alleged to be a snipe at Scouse musician Julian Cope, who was well known for using LSA and LSDDave - Cardiff, Wales
Jamiroquai recorded a song called "Morning Glory" in the mid-90s as well, seems like the plant was a symbol of 1990s culture...Dave - Cardiff, Wales
Morning Glory (the flower) is very much like the "lotus" flower (with the opening and closing and they are both white and they both are used as a drug to stimulate) which isnt around except for in myth, i think mirror and razor fills in the rest, special people dont change, and all lives are living strange in the eyes of someone else. Any thoughts with that light shined?Michael - Cassville, Mo
'tommorow never knows' is a beatles song from revolver. its a really trippy song with drug references and influences.Mark - Perth, Australia
Blur vs. Oasis
The song received a great deal of attention when Blur's label Food Records moved the original release date to be on the same day as Oasis' "Roll With It". The British media had already reported an intense rivalry between the two bands and this clash of releases was seen as a battle for the number one spot. "Country House" won Blur the battle ("Roll With It" coming in at No. 2) but they lost the war as The Great Escape was beaten by Oasis' album (What's the Story) Morning Glory on sales. Incidentally, "Country House" features the lines "He's got morning glory/And life's a different story" which may well have been a jab at Oasis.
Levi - Sydney, Australia
Country house was released before moring gloryLevi - Sydney, Australia
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...

Some poor sap's a little tired and considers waking up completely (line of coke), but maybe he'd be better to slow down for a while (rest his mind). The final decision "guess you might as well" is ambiguous.

The wrestling back and forth over the next line does seem to fit the "chained to the mirror" part as well as the idea of existing in the moment but also vaguely aware of the future ("Tomorrow never knows what it doesn't know too soon..."). If Noel is writing about "addiction" he's done a damn good job.
Cam - Mitchell, Canada
i love this song and can say that just from reading what everyone thinks, ive actually thought about what the song can be about and what it means. god its got so many meanings. if u think outside the box. the drug story fits, the self image pity thing or whatever fits, everything does. i wish i could meet oasis to atcually find out the real truth though. i want to know. alot. i just wana know really. so i can know if its about drugs. it is.Courtney - Ipswich, Australia
The Friend that Rick is talking about, was Noel's Ex Meg MathewsBones - New Plymouth, New Zealand
Um, (What's the Story) Morning Glory? Notice the question mark? Brackets refer to the subject at hand, thus: So whats the story? Any morning glory? Doesn't take a detective. Not to mention it was quite documented the Gallagher brothers were chock-full of charly anyway (among other tings!)Milezee - Perth, Australia
actually david with a name like morning glory it doesnt really sound like nose candy but rather the still legal morning glory flowers whose seeds contain lsaBrandon - Panama City, Other
pmsl, people people, you think this song is about a muffin? we don't even eat muffins that much in england, so i can assure you, its not about a muffin, lol, its about nose candyDavid - Stockport, Cheshire, England
maybe a morning glory muffin?Kieran - D.c., Va
I heard this was about a muffin.Jake - Toronto, Canada
The title of the album, "(What's the Story)Morning Glory?", came from a phone conversation Noel had with a friend.
The friend phoned him up and said "What's the story morning glory?", Noel liked it and decided it would be the title of the album.
Rick, Tewkesbury, England
Rick - Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England
morning glory seeds will only work if you have a strong stomache. otherwise you'll just end up puking it all up after you eat them.Travis - Watertown, Sd
Morning glory is slang here in England for when you wake up in the morning with an erection!!!

Chris, Leeds, England
Chris - Leeds, England
Also, as a kind of metaphor, Morning Glory fits. Think about it: It blossoms in morning and fades at night. Kinda like a person on a high, and thier life in general, because if you keep on using you'll end up dying young.Annabeth - Kutztown, Pa
This is such a great song, because it could be thought of in so many ways. At first I thought it was about self image and pity in genneral (mirror, razor blades, needing a little time to wake up and take a look at yourself and see it's all okay - morning glory just being a really lovley word that fit nicley and poeticly) I picked up on the drug refrence on my third listen through, but this is just such a prettty, poetic song.Kristen - Trenton-ish, Nj
morning glory seeds are lsa, brother of lsd same effects but weakerWhangus - Ottawa, Canada
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