"Sunrise" as written by Lee Alexander and Norah Jones....
Sunrise, sunrise
Looks like morning in your eyes
But the clocks held 9:15 for hours
Sunrise, sunrise
Couldn't tempt us if it tried
'Cause the afternoon's already come and gone
And i said ooh, ooh, ooh, to you

Surprise, surprise
Couldn't find it in your eyes
But I'm sure it's written all over my face

Surprise, surprise
Never something I could hide
When I see we made it through another day

Then I say, oh, oh, oh, to you

And now the night
Will throw its cover down on me again
Oh, and if I'm right
It's the only way to bring me back

Oh, oh, oh, to you
Oh, oh, oh, to you


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"Sunrise" as written by Steven Dale Jones Luke Robert Laird

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +2
    General CommentI love this song! It has such an uplifting melody and Norah Jone's vocals are so peaceful and beautiful. But I actually think that this song is about a couple falling apart. Here's my lyrical analysis lol
    "Sunrise, sunrise
    Looks like mornin' in your eyes
    But the clock's held 9:15 for hours"

    She is saying that even though its at night he has that "morning tired" look in his eyes as if he were exhausted or defeated.

    "Sunrise, sunrise
    Couldn't tempt us if it tried
    'Cause the afternoon's already come and gone"

    Sunrise being symbolic for a happy new beginning, or when they first were together, doesn't tempt them because they've come too far to start over.


    "And I said Who...
    Do you Surprise?"
    Surprise,couldn't find it in your eyes
    But I'm sure it's written all over my face"

    She's attempting to have a conversation with him, addressing the problem. But he doesn't care, he keeps a blank, tired stare on his face, while she has all the emotion.


    "Surprise, surprise
    Never something I could hide
    When I see we've made it through another day"

    This was actually the line that made me start to think this song was about a couple falling apart. She is saying that this has been going on for a while and that it is suprising that they have last so long like this.

    And I said Woo...
    do you

    Now the night
    Will throw its cover down
    On me again
    Ooh and if I'm right
    It's the only way
    To bring me back

    Basically she goes to sleep and they start it all over again. The pleasant melody of the song and the sad lyrics is what gives this song its bittersweet, ironic feeling. I can def. relate.
    grapvinefireon April 23, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThis is one of the most beautiful romantic songs of all time….released in 2004 and I have just discovered it…9 years later…lol…it’s peaceful, sweet, melodious and utterly romantic...the singer has a beautiful voice…
    It’s about two lovers who are spending a weekend away alone in their room, snuggled in bed and are so madly, deeply & passionately in love with each other… beyond imagination…that just being with each other alone & uninterrupted makes them lose track of time and is the most beautiful feeling they’ve ever experienced.

    I am blessed to experiencing exactly this right now as I write this
    When I get a full weekend with my girl it is like that…waking up and consciously pulling her back into my arms, going back to sleep, spending the mornings just holding each other. No rush to get up, being with each other is the only thing we need.

    "Sunrise, sunrise
    Looks like morning in your eyes
    But the clock's held 9:15 for hours"

    They've lost track of time...the last time she looked at the clock it was 9:15. She's so madly in love with him that it doesn't matter what the time actually is because time has disappeared, he is all that matters.

    "Sunrise, sunrise
    Couldn't tempt us if it tried
    'Cause the afternoon's already come and gone"

    They've woken up after what was possibly a passionate night of love making and just laid there in bed snuggled in each other's arms all morning...all afternoon...probably making love again :)

    "And I said ooh, ooh, ooh, to you"

    She's being cute...probably sticking her tongue out like a little kid because this brings a rush of love from him and he just smothers her...which is exactly what she wants.

    "Surprise, surprise
    Couldn't find it in your eyes
    But I'm sure it's written all over my face"

    She's so taken aback by the overwhelming feelings of love that she is experiencing that she looks at him to see if he is feeling the same thing. But he is either acting cool or has already realized the emotion before her so it doesn't surprise him or he is yet to realize it.

    "Surprise, surprise
    Never something I could hide
    When I see we made it through another day"

    Later on when she looks at the time she can't believe a whole day has passed! Where did all that time go? They have just been in bed with each other all day, making love, snuggling, feeling high on their love for each other...and a whole day has passed without either of them realizing it!

    "Then I say, oh, oh, oh, to you

    And now the night
    Will throw its cover down on me again
    Oh, and if I'm right
    It's the only way to bring me back"

    They are so blissful in their room, with each other, with their love and have probably made love a bunch of times. Then the night rolls around and they're both tired and they want to stay awake and don't want the day to end...but they're sleepy...she's realizing for herself or telling him that they should sleep so they can come back refreshed the next morning and have another day like that :)

    "Oh, oh, oh, to you
    Oh, oh, oh, to you"

    I pray that everyone gets to experience what it feels like to love someone like this :)
    KamarKaneon July 15, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI interpret this song, as being rather ironic. I think it's about these two lovers dwelling in their cold, distanced and static relationship. Not even sunrises, the new opportunities could tempt any of them to move on. Maybe Norah is writing about a very old couple.
    maitininon May 01, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSpending a whole day and night with your lover.

    Perfect.
    Setavoson December 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is realy relaxing. i love it!
    pinkcookieon April 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my favourite Norah Jones song, it's so catchy. Yes the video is kinda wierd, but it kinda reflects the meaning of the song. It's about two lovers in a world of their own, and the sunrise is the real world, calling them back. Or I could be just reading too far into it...
    musicmaxon May 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe video for this song is one of the most beautiful i've ever seen! the colors are nice to watch while this gentle song plays on. you guys don't know what you're talking about. :-)
    gunnuron November 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with musicmax and gunuur
    the song's meaning is wonderful and the video clip is relaxing.....i listen to this song when i wake up in the morning,lol
    all of Norah's songs are so peaceful......
    Royal_Hermione_Emmaon December 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with Musicmax - it's about two lovers who just in their own world, and spending all day in bed and all that.
    Simplethings18on April 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is gorgeous.
    JazzyWannaBeon April 15, 2007   Link

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