Going Nowhere

Album: The Masterplan (1998)
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  • This is an early Oasis song that can be found on the B-sides album The Masterplan. It is about how during the early stages of the band, they felt they were going nowhere.
  • The line "I'm gonna buy me a motor car, maybe a jaguar, maybe a plane or a day of fame," describes what Noel Gallagher had his eyes set on before they hit it big. >>
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    Nick - southampton, England, for above 2
  • This features Mike Rowe on keyboards. The strings and horns were arranged by Nick Ingman and Noel Gallagher. Ingman is an orchestra conductor and composer whose work can be heard in the movies Billy Elliot and Shakespeare in Love. He also produced the Olivia Newton-John song "Long Live Love" and conducted the orchestra when she performed it at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest. >>
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    Bertrand - Paris, France

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  • Nati from Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGoing Nowhere was written around 1990 before the band was signed ("It's about what we were going to do when we got a s--tload of money off Creation"); it was not recorded until after the Be Here Now album, when there was a hankering for something less massive. Noel and drummer Alan White are the only Oasis members involve, with piano, brass and horn players to bring a vaguely Burt Bacharach atmosphere. Noel only wishes he knew another rhyme for "car" and "Jaguar". (from The Masterplan songbook)
  • Chris from London, United KingdomBy all accounts Noel wanted to write a track in a style that was pay homage to Burt Barharach, one of his songwriting heroes. Added the fact that he joined him on stage at the Royal Festival Hall to sing "This Guy's In Love with You" - a classic version of a beautiful song.
  • Daniel from Rio De Janeiro, BrazilIt's one of the 3 b-sides from the "Stand By Me" single (1997), the only one from that single that got included on "The Masterplan" b-sides comp. and also the only one with a clean intro/outro. All other songs on the single (even the a-side) cross fade into each other.
  • Claire from ManchesterThis song is on 'The Masterplan' - Oasis' fourth album which had B sides on it. I think it's one of the best songs on the album.
  • Martin from Reading, Englandi herd....this was written when noel was on the train going from manchester to london and the journey took forever ect.........

    one of paul wellers favourites of oasis
  • Cody from Frankston, United StatesThis song was written by Noel Gallagher before he even knew Bonehead, Guigsy and Tony. This is song was written in the late 80's.
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