Track by Track: Noel Gallagher on Morning Glory

“It’s one of the three songs on the album that’s not about anything. I spend as much time on the lyrics as I do on the music. I’d like our kid to spend more time on them but he spends no time at all. Obviously, everyone is going on about the Gary Glitter thing, but I just had that in for a laugh.”

Roll With It
“Of course I was disappointed it didn’t get to Number One, but it’s still a great song. If anything, it gets better the more time goes by. It’s just great, mindless, senseless pop music. If Cigarettes & Alcohol made you want to go out and nick stuff, this makes you want to take it all back. Yeah, it’s a good one. It’s about fuck all. I like the sentiments of that song. It’s just a simple rock ‘n’ roll tune. And it sold alright.”

“Well it’s for Meg. And it’s a classic. What more can I say? She had a company which folded and she was feeling a bit sorry for herself. The sentiment is that there was no point in her feeling down, she has to sort my life out for me because I’m in bits all the time. People ask me why we had Roll with it instead of Wonderwall as the single. It seems to be everybody’s favourite. It’s about my girlfriend, Meg Matthews. She had a company which folded and she was feeling a bit sorry for herself. The sentiment is that there was no point in her feeling down, she has to sort my life out for me because I’m in bits had the time. We have an ordinary relationship. I met her at Christmas so I’ve always been a pop star since I’ve known her. Right now we’ve got the best part of a month off so, while I’m rehearsing, she’s at work. When we get home we just sit down and have a couple of drinks.”

Don’t Look Back in Anger
“I went up to The Manor when Paul Weller was recording Stanley Road and that’s when I did my bit on Walking On Guilded Splinters. He played me his song, Wings Of Speed, and that was the feel I tried to get on Don’t Look Back In Anger. I did it live for the first time at Sheffield Arena. Should people put their lives in the hands of a rock n’ roll band? If it’s us then, yeah, I think they can. Some of the lines come from John Lennon. I got this tape in America that had apparently been burgled from the Dakota Hotel and someone had found these cassettes. Lennon was starting to record his memoirs on tape. He’s going on about ‘trying to start a revolution from me bed, because they said the brains I had went to my head.’ Thank you, I’ll take that. It’s about not being upset about the things you might have said or done yesterday, which is quite appropriate at the moment. It’s about looking forward rather than looking back. I hate people who look back on the past or talk about what might have been.”

Hey Now!
“This song is about being in a group. It’s a massive step forward for us. Some people are not going to like it, because they’re just going to want more songs like Cigarettes & Alcohol or Supersonic. The band has changed a lot and there’s a different vibe.”

Some Might Say
“It was the first song I ever wrote when I moved to London and it was inspired by listening to The Faces. Alan McGee wanted the A-side to be Acquiesce because he didn’t think Some Might Say sounded like a number one. He’s a great man but his one fault is that he has absolutely no idea how to pick singles. As soon as I’d written Some Might Say I was absolutely certain it would be a number one and I was right. I never had even the slightest doubt. That was the gin ‘n’ tonic getting the better of me. I met a guy in Swiss Cottage who came up to me when the single was Number One. He said, ‘That song really meant a lot to me.’, because he’s a Christian. And I asked if he’d heard the group at all and he hadn’t. So I told him we had this song called Cigarettes and Alcohol and being a Christian he wouldn’t really dig that. He seemed like a really down-to-earth bloke. And he’s telling me a song means a lot to him as a Christian and I’m having a conversation with him when I’m drugged up to the eyeballs. It’s a laugh, man.”

Cast No Shadow
“It was inspired by Richard (Ashcroft) from The Verve, he wasn’t very happy for a while so I wrote it for him and about three weeks later he quit the band. It’s about songwriters in general who are desperately trying to say something. I’d like to be able to write really meaningful lyrics but I always end up talking about drugs or sex. People tend to ask my advice about a lot of things. I’m good at giving it but I’m shit at taking it. But people like Richard and Paul (Weller) will look after me, they’ll make sure I’m conscious in a chair or that I can get home. ‘Bound with all the weight of all the words he tried to say’ – That’s me. I’m not Morrissey. I’m not Bob Dylan. I’m not Brett Anderson. They are better lyricists than I’ll ever be.”

She’s Electric
“It was the first song I wrote for the album. Someone asked me if it was about Blur but it’s not. It’s like a Small Faces song or something by The Kinks.”

Morning Glory
“It’s a cynical song about drugs.”

Champagne Supernova
“When I was writing that, I remember going to visit Meg, who was living with some chicks down in Maida Vale, in her old flat. I was living in a hotel in Marylebone High Street and had just been kicked out of my flat in Chiswick, for being drunk and disorderly. Anyway, I went over to Meg’s. I wasn’t seeing her, she was just a mate and, this may sound really corny but I had the music and melody for the song in my head but I didn’t have any words. While I was around there we were listening to a Pixies album called, I think it’s… Supernova. As we were listening to this album, we were watching a documentary about where they make Champagne in France. You may laugh but it’s true. I was there drunk going, ‘Champagne supernova? Yeah man’ and to this day, everyone’s going, ‘But what does it mean?’. I can’t be arsed to explain it cos it sounds really corny. Some of the lyrics were written when I was out of it. There’s the words: ‘Someday you will find me caught beneath a landslide in a champagne supernova in the sky.'”

“That’s probably as psychedelic as I’ll ever get. It means different things when I’m in different moods. When I’m in a bad mood being caught beneath a landslide is like being suffocated. The song is a bit of an epic. It’s about when you’re young and you see people in groups and you think about what they did for you and they did nothing. As a kid, you always believed the Sex Pistols were going to conquer the world and kill everybody in the process. Bands like The Clash just petered out. Punk rock was supposed to be the revolution but what did it do? When we started we decided we weren’t going to do anything for anybody, we just thought we’d leave a bunch of great songs. But some of the words are about nothing. One is about Bracket The Butler who used to be on Camberwick Green, or Chipley or Trumpton or something. He used to take about 20 minutes to go down the hall. And then I couldn’t think of anything that rhymed with hall apart from cannonball, so I wrote, ‘Slowly walking down the hall, faster than a cannonball’ and people were like, Wow, fuck man.’ There’s also the line, ‘Where were you while we were getting high?’ because that’s what we always say to each other. But the number of people who’ve started clubs called Champagne Supernova is fuckin’ unbelievable.” And the album isn’t even released yet.”

Bonehead’s Bank Holiday
“Well, you know how The Beatles used to like get Ringo to sing the odd tune here and there? Well, he’s (Bonehead) our Ringo isn’t he, you see? And he’s ugly as sin, you know what I mean? Completely untalented and the luckiest man in rock so we thought we’d write him a song, you know what I mean? Bonehead’s Bank Holiday – It’s about nicking cars and going to Spain and meeting girls whose mothers are nuns.”