Woke Up This Morning

Album: Exile on Coldharbour Lane (1997)
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  • Well, you woke up this morning
    Got yourself a gun
    Your mama always said you'd be the chosen one

    She said, you're one in a million, you've got to burn to shine
    But you were born under a bad sign with a blue moon in your eyes

    And you woke up this morning
    All that love had gone
    Your papa never told you about right and wrong

    But you're looking good, baby
    I believe you're feeling fine (shame about it)
    Born under a bad sign with a blue moon in your eyes

    Because you woke up this morning
    Got a blue moon in your eyes
    Woke up this morning
    You got a blue moon in your eyes

    Well, you woke up this morning
    The world turned upside down
    Lord above, thing's ain't been the same since Howlin' Wolf walked into your town
    But you're one in a million, you've got that shotgun shine
    Born under a bad sign with a blue moon in your eyes
    You woke up this morning
    You got a blue moon in your eyes
    Woke up this morning
    You got a blue moon in your eyes

    When you woke up this morning everything was gone
    By half past ten your head was going ding-dong
    Ringing like a bell from your head down to your toes,
    Like a voice trying to tell you there's something you should know
    Last night you were flying but today you're so low
    Ain't it times like these that make you wonder if you'll ever know
    The meaning of things as they appear to the others
    Wives, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers
    Don't you wish you didn't function, don't you wish you didn't think beyond the next paycheck
    And the next little drink?
    Well, you do, so make up your mind to go on 'cause when you woke up this morning
    Everything you had was gone, everything you had was gone

    Woke up this morning
    Woke up this morning
    Woke up this morning, you want to be, you want to be the chosen one tonight
    Yes, you know, because you just get help yourself

    Woke up this morning
    Woke up this morning
    Woke up this morning
    You got yourself a gun, got yourself a gun, got yourself a gunWriter/s: JAKE BLACK, CHESTER BURNETT, SIMON EDWARDS, PIERS WATSON MARSH, ROBERT SPRAGG
    Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group, Songtrust Ave, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
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Comments: 20

  • Gabe from ChicagoInteresting that so many people leaving comments here are asking or speculating what the lyrics are but not bothering to look under the "lyrics" tab... Anyhow, I think it's funny that Although Coldharbour Lane is a street in South London, it sounds like it could be a street in North Caldwell, perhaps not far from Stag Trail Road...
  • Ken from London, United KingdomThe original Woke Up This Morning appeared on Exile On Coldharbour Lane. After David Chase heard it they did a remix for The Sopranos theme and this version appears on the album La Peste. So, two versions on two different Alabama 3 albums.
  • Willie from Scottsdale, AzColdharbour Lane is a street in Brixton, known for its drug dealing and drunks walking about. It was also the site of the Brixton Riots in the early 1980s. A "cold harbor" in older times was a thatched hut where travelers could stay the night, but had no services or staff.
  • Karienna from Dallas, Txa "Blue moon" curse, is powerful curse in Italian witchcraft.
    To say someone is born under a bad sign
    ( Astrological Sign) with a blue moon in their eyes means that they were cursed at birth, and will never lead a good life.
  • Doug from Brumley, MoIn re: 'Blue Moon' is used to describe the rare event of the second full moon in a calendar month. Thought you'd like to know.
  • Easy from Prague, Czech RepublicI came across a version of this song that has the singer singing in first person...the lyrics go " I woke up this morning and got myself a gun"... which version is that ??
  • Jck from Chicago, IlHere's the 1:45 or so of intro dialogue.
    "And after three days of drinkin' with Larry Love
    I just get an inklin' to go on home
    So, I'm walkin' down Coldharbour Lane
    Head hung low, three or four in the mornin'

    The suns comin' up and the birds are out singing
    I let myself into my pad
    Wind myself up that spiral staircase
    An' stretch out nice on the chesterfield

    Pithecanthropus Erectus already on the CD player
    And I just push that remote button to sublimity
    And listen to the sweet sculptural rhythms of Charles Mingus
    And J.R. Monterose and Jackie Mclean
    Duet on those saxophones

    And the sound makes it's way outta the window
    Minglin' with the traffic noises outside, you know and
    All of a sudden I'm overcome by a feelin' of brief mortality
    'Cause I'm gettin' on in the world
    Comin' up on forty-one years

    Forty-one stoney gray steps towards the grave
    You know the box, awaits it's grissly load
    Now, I'm gonna be food for worms
    And just like Charles Mingus wrote
    That beautiful piece-a music, 'Epitaph for Eric Dolphy'

    I say, so long Eric, so long, John Coltrane
    And Charles Mingus, so long, Duke Ellington
    And Lester Young, so long, Billie Holliday
    And Ella Fitzgerald, so long, Jimmy Reed
    So long, Muddy Waters, and so, long Howlin' Wolf"
  • Matt from San Antonio, Tx"Blue Moon In Your Eyes" is an astrological reference, like the line before it "Born Under a Bad Sign". If you've ever heard the phrase "once in a blue moon", it means very, very seldom, something that almost never happens.
  • Elizabeth from Maspeth, NyDoes anybody know what "blue moon in your eyes" means? Thank you.
  • Tj from Champaign, IlThe above is untrue. Alabama 3 was always A3 in America, where "Ain't Goin' to Goa" received attention long before "Woke Up This Morning."
  • Nick from Arlington Heights, IlIn response to an eariler comment on this..the version that has a 2 minute intro of dialogue is the version that is on the "Exile on Coldharbour Lane" and not the Sopranos soundtrack...the Sopranos version of this song is a shortened version and came out 2 years after the release of the album it originally appeared on
  • Dan from Harrisburg, PaAnother version of lyrics to Sopranos theme song:

    The Sopranos Soundtrack 1999
    Woke Up This Morning (Chose One Mix) 4:04

    Gonna take it down, deep down, with a friend..
    You woke up this morning got yourself a gun; Mama always said you'd be The Chosen One.
    She said: you're one in a million and you?ve got to burn to shine,
    But you were born under a bad sign, with a blue moon in your eyes.

    When ya woke up this morning all that love had gone,
    Your Papa never told you about right and wrong.
    Buttcha buttcha looking good, baby, I believe that ya feeling fine, shame about it,
    Born under a bad sign with a blue moon in your eyes.

    So sing it now, woke up this morning, ya got a blue moon , got a blue moon in your eyes.
    So sad, God*amn, it?s a godd*mn shame about it
    Woke up this morning, ya got a blue moon, got a blue moon in your eyes.
    Woke up this morning, sing it

    Woke up this morning the world turned upside down,
    Lord above us, things ain't been the same since the blues walked into town.
    Buttcha buttcha one in a million cause you got dat shotgun shine.
    Shame about it, born under a bad sign, with a blue moon in your eyes. Yea.

    Yea, woke up this morning, ya got a blue moon, got a blue moon in your eyes.
    So sad, God-d*mn, a God-d*mn shame about it
    Woke up this morning, ya got a blue moon, got a blue moon in n your eyes. Yea

    Yea I hear ya, you just can?t help you rself. Just can?t help your self.
    Lord I been bad, makes the daylight sad,

    Bring it, woke up this morning everything was gone.
    Bout a half past ten your head was going ding-dong.
    Ringing like a bell from your head down to your toes,
    Like ya papa?s voice telling you that there?s something you should know.

    Last night you were flying but today you're so low ?
    Ain't it times like these that makes ya wonder if you'll ever know
    The meaning of things as they appear to the others;
    Wives, mothers, fathers, mother?s father?s sisters and your brothers.
    Don?t ya wish you didn't function,
    Wish you didn't think beyond the next paycheck and the next little drink'
    Well you do so make up your mind to go on, '
    Cause when you woke up this morning everything you had was gone.

    Woke up this morning, Woke up this morning, Woke up this morning,
    Ya wanna be, ya wanna be the chosen one.
    Yea you know it you just can?t help yourself,
    Woke up this morning, woke up this morning, woke up this morning,
    N got yourself a gun, and you got yourself a gun, got yourself a gun
  • Di from Sacramento, CaDid they change the song from the first years to this year? Woke up this morning seems to be sung by someone different this season and it sounds like a different mix to the song.

    Has anyone else noticed this? Thanks
  • Kupotek from Cleveland, Ohblue moon

    You woke up this morning
    Got yourself a gun,
    Mama always said you'd be
    The Chosen One.

    She said: You're one in a million
    You've got to burn to shine,
    But you were born under a bad sign,
    With a blue moon in your eyes.

    You woke up this morning
    All the love has gone,
    Your Papa never told you
    About right and wrong.

    But you're looking good, baby,
    I believe you're feeling fine, (shame about it),
    Born under a bad sign
    With a blue moon in your eyes.

    You woke up this morning
    The world turned upside down,
    Thing's ain't been the same
    Since the Blues walked into town.

    But you're one in a million
    You've got that shotgun shine.
    Born under a bad sign,
    With a blue moon in your eyes.

    When you woke up this morning everything you had was
    gone. By half past ten your head was going ding-dong.
    Ringing like a bell from your head down to your toes,
    like a voice telling you there was something you should
    know. Last night you were flying but today you're so low
    - ain't it times like these that make you wonder if
    you'll ever know the meaning of things as they appear to
    the others; wives, mothers, fathers, sisters and
    brothers. Don't you wish you didn't function, wish you
    didn't think beyond the next paycheck and the next little
    drink' Well you do so make up your mind to go on, 'cos
    when you woke up this morning everything you had was gone.

    When you woke up this morning,
    When you woke up this morning,
    When you woke up this morning,
    Mama said you'd be the Chosen One.

    When you woke up this morning,
    When you woke up this morning,
    When you woke up this morning,
    You got yourself a gun.
  • Tommy from Lake Bluff, IlA3 has been in a movie too, Gone In Sixt Seconds, the song Too Sick to Pray, very good song
  • Tommy from Lake Bluff, Ilok that 1:45 version is the real beginning to the song and yes it is blue moon in your eyes
  • Nick from Erwin, NcAn interpretation of this song was later included in the song "Got Urself a Gun" by Nas.
  • David from Penacook, Nhblue moon in your eyes
  • Tim from Milestone, CanadaI have a version that has a 1:45 is the lead singer just talking, I was wondering if that was part of the song or did I just get a wierd version?
  • Tony from Hobart, AustraliaHi

    Does anyone know the lyrics to 'Woke up this morning' (Sopranos theme song by A3) and in particular just what it is that is in your eye? (boombone???)

    TonyA
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