Sunday Morning Call

Album: Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants (2000)
Charted: 4

Songfacts®:

  • Noel Gallagher wrote this song and did the lead vocals; it was the first time he had sung lead in place of his brother Liam Gallagher on an Oasis single since "Don't Look Back In Anger."
  • So who does this scathing song refer to? Gallagher wouldn't name names (some speculate it is Kate Moss), but he cleared it up a bit in a 2000 interview with Uncut. Said Gallagher: "Sunday Morning Call' and 'Where Did It All Go Wrong?' – they're the most factually correct on the record, because they're about certain real people who I know, but who, obviously, remain nameless. People who used to always turn up on my f--king doorstep, but at ungodly hours of the morning – and these are proper, well-off, rich, famous people, quite young. And they'd be running you through their drug and booze hell, and they ultimately think that to sort all this out they just write a cheque made payable to The Priory clinic, and six weeks later everyone's going to come up smelling of roses. 'Course, six weeks later they'll be back in your kitchen going, 'I can't handle it any more.' And you'll be going, 'At least you're not washing car windscreens for a living on f--king Baker Street. Get a grip of yourself, man.' It's like, if you don't want to do it no more, then don't do it. But for f--k's sake don't spend 20 grand trying to kick the habit that you can just kick by looking in the mirror and saying to yourself, 'Where did all this go wrong, man?' That's basically what them songs are about. I suppose they're subconsciously directed at myself in some ways." (This interview is available at Rock's Backpages.)
  • The video was inspired by the movie One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, and was shot in an old mental institution in Vancouver, Canada. It features Scottish actor James Cunningham, who starred in the original play of Trainspotting. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Michael Glabicki of Rusted RootSongwriter Interviews

Michael tells the story of "Send Me On My Way," and explains why some of the words in the song don't have a literal meaning.

Director Paul Rachman on "Hunger Strike," "Man in the Box," KissSong Writing

After cutting his teeth on hardcore punk videos, Paul defined the grunge look with his work on "Hunger Strike" and "Man in the Box."

Susanna Hoffs - "Eternal Flame"They're Playing My Song

The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."

Tom Johnston from The Doobie BrothersSongwriter Interviews

The Doobies guitarist and lead singer, Tom wrote the classics "Listen To The Music," "Long Train Runnin'" and "China Grove."

Five Rockers Who Rolled With The DevilSong Writing

Just how much did these monsters of rock dabble in the occult?

Little Big TownSongwriter Interviews

"When seeds that you sow grow by the wicked moon/Be sure your sins will find you out/Your past will hunt you down and turn to tell on you."