"In the Morning" as written by Jermaine A. Cole, Leslie Jr. Merceron, Xavier Smith and Aubrey Drake Graham....
Shut the bedroom window in the morning
Go to the shop, make plans to be leaving
In the morning
Thought I was sleeping, it was just a dream
An ally cat chewing on dead leaves
In the morning

Out of the dark and into the light
When the morning comes I will be alright

When I leave I try not to wake her
We had a toast to yesterday's capers
In the morning

She wrote my name on a red telephone box
When I got there she'd already rubbed it off
In the morning

Out of the dark and into the light
When the morning comes I will be alright

And all this time I've watched it change
But it's still the same

In the morning
In the morning
In the morning
In the morning


Lyrics submitted by moitio

"In the Morning" as written by James Skelly

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    General CommentTo me, the morning is the bright future we`re all hoping for.
    "Make plans to be leaving, in the morning"
    "Out of the dark and into the light
    When the morning comes I will be alright"

    It sounds like sort of a desire to escape the daily routine ("And all this time I've watched it change, but it's still the same").

    Pretty song, catchy too. :) I like it.
    ilyon April 07, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentYou just have to listen to the song to hear him saying capers, not papers. Plus "Tea and a toast to yesterdays papers" makes little sense if you read it. "Tea and a toast to yesterdays capers" is not meant in a literal sense. The metaphor is Breakfast in bed, basicly saying thanks for all the sex!
    moitioon October 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI was pretty sure it was "an alley cat chewin on dead meat" but I spose dead leaves makes about as much sense.
    Pandoruson July 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYes, I agree that the one night stand interp is likely correct.

    "Shut the bedroom window in the morning
    Go to the shop, make plans to be leaving
    In the morning..."

    He's leaving in the morning after spending the night with a woman he probably just met. "Go to the shop" could be literal, in that he does have plans, or it could just be something you say as an excuse to leave. You know, the old "I've got to get up early tomorrow". In this case, it's "I've got some stuff to do -- go to the shop, etc."

    "Thought I was sleeping, it was just a dream
    An alleycat chewing on dead leaves
    In the morning..."

    The mention of an alleycat could be a reference to him being on-the-prowl. He's an alleycat slumming around, and she's the dead meat. Kind of a gross metaphore, but to him, that might be all she is -- just a body to have sex with. Also, perhaps he can do better, so he really doesn't have a high opinion of her?

    "Out of the dark and into the light
    When the morning comes
    I will be alright"

    This could be him badly wanting to leave after sleeping with her, so he is glad it's finally morning so he can go. It could have a double-meaning as him thinking to himself "I'm not going to do this anymore. Tomorrow morning I will stop sleeping around and using women". Maybe like a rebirth for him.

    "When I leave I try not to wake her
    Tea and a toast to yesterday's capers
    In the morning...."

    Toast doubles as something you eat in the morning, but also as "a toast to what we did last night" (yesterday's capers).

    "She wrote my name on the red telephone box
    When I got there she'd already rubbed it off
    In the morning...."

    This suggests they likely didn't know each other before. She wrote his name down, and then rubbed it off, which also could mean that she's using him too -- she doesn't care what his name is the next day. "Rubbed it off" could also be a sexual innuendo too.

    "And all this time I've watched it change
    But it's still the same"

    Literally, he's watched night turn into day and it's always the same. Metaphorically, maybe he's been telling himself that he's going to change, but he never does.

    All in all, this is a great song, and one of my favorite by the Coral. They are SO underrated.
    joegoodyon August 01, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always thought it talked about the loneliness and dark thoughts and fears that come out when you are lying awake at night trying to sleep, but when the morning comes, you are alright.
    Gbardon November 06, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it might be about another one night stand situation and how he leaves without saying goodbye.
    pretiumon July 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnot entirely sure about the meaning...love the tune tho.
    whatkatiedidon May 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOh, and I agree it's a one night stand. It's not so meaningless in the context of the rest of the album though.
    Pandoruson July 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove this song, i agree, they are hugely underrated, great live :)
    mardybummon August 24, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe idea of a one night stand might be a stretch but it is understandable.
    Drecoon September 25, 2008   Link

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