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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
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?"
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."
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.
(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?").
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.