Shakermaker

Album: Definitely Maybe (1994)
Charted: 11
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Songfacts®:

  • The last verse of this song was written in the back of a taxi by Noel Gallagher on the way to record the song. Liam said to Noel, "We haven't actually got a last verse for this song," so Noel wrote it there and then. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Nick - Southampton, England
  • This bears a strong resemblance to the 1971 New Seekers song "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing," which was featured in a famous Coke commercial. The similarity between the songs became evident when Oasis tribute band No Way Sis recorded a version of "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing" in 1996 doing their best to sound like Oasis.
  • The original opening lines to this song were "I'd like to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony," but the band were forced to change the lyrics to "I'd like to be somebody else, and not know where I've been," as they didn't have permission to use these copyrighted lyrics. In early gigs, Oasis stuck with the original lyrics. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Glenn - Portsmouth, England
  • Oasis were successfully sued for unlicensed use of the song by the writers of "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing," a 1971 song by the New Seekers that was made famous in a Coke commercial where children gather on a hilltop to sing. Noel Gallagher cited "irony" as his defense and after losing, joked, "Now we all drink Pepsi."

Comments: 2

  • Luke from Cambrigeshirethe line "I've been driving in my car with my friend mister soft" came to noal wile he was waching t.v, he got the name "mister soft" becouse a ad came on about soft mints.
  • Sigmoid from Vancouver, CanadaIn some live versions the Coke commercial song is added on as a final verse ending up with the words "Shake along with me...and now we all drink Pepsi."
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