"Carry On Up The Morning" as written by Peter Doherty and Michael Whitnall....
In the morning where does all the pain go
The same place the fame goes straight to your head
Ah, its not easy getting it out my head
It wasn't easy gettin' outta bed
So much shame on the workman who blames his tools
Then so the saying goes so its said
The way you tease me, tease me outta my head
Ah, its not easy forgettin' what you said

I know you used to be into me
Now you've got it in for me

In the morning where does all the pain go
The same place the fame goes straight to your head
It wasn't easy gettin' you outta my head
Ah, its to easy gettin' out my head
Given up trying to explain I'll just put it in a song instead
Ah, it's not easy gettin' outta bed
Ah, its too easy gettin' outta my head

I know where to find, where to find you my love

At the same old place by the river, the only way in is
through the window, through the window


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"Carry on Up the Morning" as written by Peter Doherty Michael Whitnall

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  • +2
    General CommentI think the song is about how the critics loved Pete in the Libertines era, but rip into him now for his personal life (forgetting his music). His relationship with the press and music journalists is a bit like this: 'You used to be into me, Now you've got it in for me' Its not easy getting out of bed because you dont know whether you will be loved or loathed by them on each day.

    'Its not easy getting it out of your head' 'oh its too easy, getting it out of your head' - this is Pete saying that you can accept praise just as easyily as critisism, and both overwhelm you. BUT the song is also about a lover playing you hot and cold, and thats why he knows how to find her 'in the flat down by the river' but its still not easy getting out of bed, because she might not be into him this day.

    Great song, I love how pete cries 'Its not e-a-a-s-y!' its so heartfelt!
    MissMackon July 19, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentApologies for the double post, but I found the quote I mentioned above: nme.com/news/…

    "I was sharing rooms in shared houses with my old best mate, but the first time I lived with Peter was in a place on Camden Road called Delaney Mansion. It was £60 a week for a '60s bedsit and the only access was through a back window - and it was broken."
    blacklacelilyon September 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation"In the morning where does all the pain go
    The same place the fame goes straight to your head"

    When you're addicted to dope, the drug wares off as you sleep and you wake up feeling very sick and often have an excruciating skull splitting headache...trust me I've been there.
    BurningPickAxon January 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentace song, cany wait for the new album-
    Crozzyon May 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe name suggests a happy-go-lucky 1960s tongue-in-cheek, double entendre-laden version of 'up the morning'...
    smfon July 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think this song has anything to do with the critics MissMack. The girl is most likely Kate and just about how painful one of their splits has been. I absolutely love this song so hearfelt and the 'Its not e-a-a-s-y' already mentioned is so good to sing along to especially on a breakup!
    TragicAnatomyon August 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt could be about the critics, it could be about Kate... it could even be about Carl if you would like to interpret it that way... as this song is obviously opened to many interpretations.
    I personally interpret this song from my point of view... 'it's not easy getting it out your head' - it's not easy to forget someone you have fallen for... 'it's too easy getting out your head' - as the 'it' article was left out, it creates a different meaning, meaning that it's very easy for this to drive you on the break of insanity! Also, 'it's not easy getting out of bed' implies that it's difficult to get up to a new day where you're slapped in the face with the pain.
    'Tell me now, could not explain no' - expresses the confusion of the relationship, 'you used to be into me, now you've got it in for me' states that all was going well until everything started to become weird and this is the reason for the inexplainable confusion.
    'Don't you think about what they said? The way they teased me' is one of my favourite lines alongside with the next verse... it doesn't necessarily fit with what I have been saying but it could be the singer bringing other people into the song and what they think about the singer in this situation.
    'And I know where to find you my love' states that the singer knows exactly where his lover is and could just as well go to 'the same old flat' uninvited (also suggesting that the singer has a history of being invited there because the singer knows where it is) but is too afraid of the consequences as the singer obviously still has feelings for the dedicatee and wants to make the dedicatee love the singer back and have everything back to good so they could progress further.
    I don't know if that makes any sense to you but that's how I feel about the song...
    sexyinstrumenton September 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is going to be my favorite song from the new album. After hearing the acoustic demo version I didn't think I'd care for it as an electric song but I really like what they did with it. I love the overlap effect of the lyrics; I think it could have been gimmicky but they pulled it off beautifully and it makes the song even more special.

    About the flat by the river verse... I remember reading an article with either Pete or Carl (maybe even both, I don't recall) at some point where they talked about the first apartment they shared together, and they mentioned that they had to use a window to enter the place. I'm not saying that definitely means the song is about Carl (people saying that every single Babyshambles song is about either him or Kate gets old fast...), but it could mean it's about someone Pete knew from that time. It could also mean nothing at all, but I think it sounds too similar to be a coincidence. It's interesting to connect little things in interviews and articles to their songs (or maybe I just have too much time on my hands :-P).
    blacklacelilyon September 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd it’s too easy
    Getting out your head

    I thought it was pretty straightforward that this line was about his drug addiction.
    Strummeriteon November 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlol... its about drug adiction and carl... the song that i got on the album is pretty different to these lyrics... here's the version i have

    ----
    In the morning where does all the pain go
    The same place the fame goes straight to your head
    Ah, its not easy getting it out my head
    It wasn't easy getting out of bed
    So much shame on the workman who blames his tools
    Then so the saying goes so it's said
    The way you tease me, tease me out of my head
    Ah, its not easy forgetting what you said

    I know you used to be into me
    Now you've got it in for me

    In the morning where does all the pain go
    The same place the fame goes straight to your head
    It wasn't easy getting you out of my head
    Ah, it's too easy getting out of my head
    Given up trying to explain I'll just put it in a song instead
    Ah, it's not easy getting out of bed
    Its too easy getting out of my head

    I know where to find, where to find you my love
    At the same old place by the river, the only way in is
    through the window, is through the window
    ---

    "The way you tease me, tease me out of my head" i petes talking about how carl introduced him to drugs, and then suddenly took it away from him (or tried atleast)
    DarkReignon November 24, 2007   Link

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