"Morning Song" as written by Wesley Schultz, Jeremy Fraites and Maxwell Hughes....
The carbonation in my drink
The bubbles rise while my heart sinks
And I'll I tend to do is think of you

Was it easier to pack your bags
And book that flight to Paris as
The plane began to move that afternoon

When all the trains have pulled away
From local stations in decay
It's I who waits, it's you who's late again

And did you think of me when you made love
To him, was it the same as us
Or was it different, it must have been

And all the pretty dames
They'll hug and kiss you all the same
And when they go, they're gone
They're not run-ning late
Oh all, all the pretty dames

And the kids you hold in your arms
With promises to protect them from harm
But they grow, and they go
And you're all alone
All the kids, all the kids that you hold

And it's a shame that it ends this way
With nothing left to say
So just sit on your hands, while I walk away
It's a shame, it's a shame, it's a shame
When my hands begin to shake
When bitterness is all I taste
And my car won't stop
'Cause I cut the brakes
I hold on to a hope in my fate

Oh oh ah ah hey hey
May you return to love one day
Well I hope and I pray
You get what you gave
Oh oh ah ah hey hey


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"Morning Song" as written by Maxwell Hughes Jeremy Fraites

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  • +7
    General CommentThis song is what turned a very good album into an excellent album.
    philcozzon July 11, 2012   Link
  • +5
    My InterpretationI believe this song is about the endlessly sinking feeling of a good hearted guy who just cant seem to understand how objective this girl he loves is. She told him it was love, probably that he was her one and only, a soulmate. But when times got tough, she bailed and so he knows she would've never stayed. There's a slow acceptance that starts with the head and wanders toward his heart, that nothing gold can stay. He's a hopeless romantic and believes in true love and this has jaded him. As he goes through the stages of acceptance, he's first sorry for himself and sad and then it begins to turn to frustration and anger, as he begins to imagine his one true love sleeping with someone else and sharing everything he said would always be his. He feels so cheated and replaceable. Like it was all a hoax, and his hands begin to shake and bitterness is all he tastes. He's in more pain than he cares to cope with so his car won't stop because he cut the brakes.
    In spite of all of this, he holds on to his faith that she will one day get what she gave. That one day, she will actually mean the words she speaks and when she gives herself over to love, he hopes that her love leaves her the way she left him.
    theblues24on August 10, 2012   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI picture the young man sitting in a bar, or perhaps drinking at home alone, trying to drown the memories of the woman he loves, the woman he believed was the one. But instead of forgetting her, he thinks about her even more.

    At first, he's just hurting because she left him for someone else, possibly after having cheated with that person for a while, and now she's gone off to live her happy, carefree life, leaving him to suffer in her wake. Then he starts to think about how their relationship was actually that way all along. He was sincere, attentive, and considerate, but she was always just selfish. She played along, but it didn't really mean anything to her.

    Soon he begins to get angry. He remembers finding out that she slept with another man, and he's furious as well as pained over the idea that he must not have been able to satisfy her sexually. If he could have, maybe she would have stayed. For him, though, he's been with other women since she left, and none of them matter, none of them mean anything in comparison to the one he lost.

    Time passes, and maybe one day he sees her, either by accident or arrangement. He finally has the opportunity to tell her exactly what she put him through, and now it's going to be her turn to watch him walk away. So he cuts the brakes in his car and goes for a drive, knowing that the only way to stop his pain is by ending his life. But before he dies, he sends out a prayer that one day she will find her true love, even though it will never be him. He won't wish his agony on her, no matter that she was the one who caued it in the first place.

    The song is very sad, but also very beautiful, and as I am in a situation that bears some slight resemblance to its story, it helps to have something to listen to when I get down. I suppose I don't feel quite so alone.
    devilslittlesisteron June 02, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationTo me, this song is about a man who is depressed and heartbroken over a past love. It sounds like the woman either cheated on him or perhaps, at the very least, left him for another man. No matter what, he can't help thinking about her and seems to be waiting for her to return, although that is unlikely.

    The last two verses definitely sound as if the man has given up on her. He is filled with so much hate towards the woman. He decides to cut the breaks from his car than to go on living without her. Finally it ends with him bitterly hoping that someday she will love someone who will do the same thing to her that she did to him.

    Although extremely disheartening, what a wonderful song, lyrically.
    mcclizzleon February 24, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is one of my favorites from a poetic and overall musical structure perspective so I love to over-think it. I may also end up using this for a rough draft paper or a speech in a required public speaking course, which explains the lengthiness. Before someone tries to plagiarize, I have a concrete way to prove I am the author beyond that the username references my real name which will be in person with my prof ergo if your student doesn't than well I just made your life a whole lot easier didn't I? Don't steal people's hard work. Moving on I've taken a more literal approach when looking at the lyrics.

    START OF ANALYSIS BELOW:

    Short summary (not an intro paragraph) of the conclusion: The narrator commits suicide and the song is about the very real problem of rising rates of elderly depression.

    "The carbonation in my drink
    The bubbles rise while my heart sinks
    And I'll I tend to do is think of you"

    In the first three verses we get a picture of an angry man struggling with drowning his depression in beer. This distinction is supported by the reference to carbonation and an angry drunken feel created by the occasional slurring of words and the over accentuating of words throughout the song, this is different in detail from the pronunciation in the artist's other works. While not stated directly it hints at a bar given how the "pretty dames" and "kids" verses are done much like a rant directed to some group of people or bartender with little references to the first person compared to the previous verses that were described as "thinking" or rather an internal monologue. Nobody drunkenly rants at nothing in such a teaching fashion. It's clearly not in a sober conversion because of how generalizing it is as well as how it comes across as an outburst in the song, this claim reinforced by the change to a different, louder melodic line that throws away many of the original lines' rests for the instrumental accompaniment. More on that later, this group of stanzas is only to set the scene.

    "Was it easier to pack your bags
    And book that flight to Paris as
    The plane began to move that afternoon"

    In this next group of verses, we hear the narrator's inner thoughts as he recalls when his wife or longterm girlfriend left him. We know it was a significant enough relationship to cause an intense major depressive episode at the time and also in the near future it's what he claims is his reason for suicide, but I'll get to that later. Back to the verses at hand their relationship was in shambles. Instead of trying to fix it, the woman packs her bags and leaves which is represented by the reference to it being the "easier" option in a sentence that is set up as a bitter comparison. We know it was a separation by how the narrator says "that flight" not something like "our flight" and because of the aforementioned, negative comparison to it being the easier option in a relationship context. They had to be in some form of a split for them to be in the situation of her leaving alone given how much the narrator dislikes her choice, shown by him, in his angry remembrance, taking a stab at how it was easier to do compared to the alternative he presented.

    "When all the trains have pulled away
    From local stations in decay
    It's I who waits, it's you who's late again"

    Now the train portion is impossible to take in a literal way since it can't be by the laws of physics. It references local train stationS, plural. He could not have possibly been WAITING at multiple stations and he clearly wasn't traveling between multiple as that would be searching not waiting. Waiting is a verb that requires someone to be stationary in an area. She wasn't really late again, the narrator was in deep denial about her leaving for good and wasn't moving on. He was still waiting for her to come home. This is also supported by how she left for paris on a plane and not only are the song's artists based out of the states and the song is in english and the terminology used in this song places it's intended time period before the trains that cross the English channel were built so being in, at the time, Britian wouldn't help. If I had to guess the memory would in the 40's or 50's proven by the combination of technology and terminology referenced but that's besides the point. Important facts are English-speaking, the plane and it's destination in Paris, and no way for the woman to return by train after leaving by plane. This is all going beyond his inability to be waiting at multiple stations at once. Also the "in decay" description sounds much like a metaphor about the depressed ex that is unable to move on, they are therefore decaying.

    "And did you think of me when you made love
    To him, was it the same as us
    Or was it different, it must have been"

    This next group about her being with another man doesn't need much support to explain it. She moved on, and given that this comes after his denial this was the beginning of his acceptance in the past. We're now coming back to his present self supported by how these stanzas are summarizing years of the past to bring the listener up to speed. Proof that it's years comes later. For this stanza, he is still doing an internal monologue as he's talking to her directly despite her being gone. Some may argue, with some merit, that this is where the narrator speaks to her in person after she does return, but that would not fit with the immediate two groups of following stanzas that don't reference their relationship at all and instead reference following failed relationships and grown children in a drunken teaching fashion.

    "And all the pretty dames
    They'll hug and kiss you all the same
    And when they go, they're gone
    They're not run-ning late
    Oh all, all the pretty dames"

    "And the kids you hold in your arms
    With promises to protect them from harm
    But they grow, and they go
    And you're all alone
    All the kids, all the kids that you hold"

    "And it's a shame that it ends this way
    With nothing left to say
    So just sit on your hands, while I walk away
    It's a shame, it's a shame, it's a shame"

    These next three groups of verses that are about women and children are best to explain as a whole. This where we fully return to the present and the narrator starts talking to the people or a person around him. He may also just think people are listening given his mental state. He's explaining to someone or some people in the bar how they will experience the same fate in love after he continues to have failed relationship after failed relationship. The explaination of many failed relationships occuring after are supported to his next rant about children that he fathers and that grow up and leave him "ALONE". We now get a clearer picture at his age thanks to these two groups together. The Paris incident was estimated as being in the 40's or 50's by terminology and in order to have all these failed relationships and abandoning children the father must be in his senior years and also in present time. The children, again note the plural, weren't the original womans' as they weren't talked about or hinted at until he begins talking about later relationships. In an unrelated but important fact for the setting, more evidence for his high b.a.c. is in his way over accentuation of the word "promises" and how all of the verses slowly lose volume to become rambles and mumbles. If someone is "sitting on their hands" it means that while their is something to do, like respond to a rant, they do nothing. The old man then disappointedly walks away since the audience can't, or won't, respond.

    "When my hands begin to shake
    When bitterness is all I taste
    And my car won't stop
    'Cause I cut the brakes
    I hold on to a hope in my fate"

    Now we get to the darkest two groups of stanzas in the song. He's still drunk and very bitter about his all these events put together. He cut his car's brakes and his hands are shaking because of what he knows he's about to do. He gets in and drives and because his car won't stop he is clearly trying to crash it and cause major harm to himself. We know it's not into the original woman's house by what is said in the following group and how she left, also there's no evidence to suggest it's a homocide attempt to anyone else. We know it's a suicide attempt by how he says he'll "hold on to a hope in my fate", referencing how unfortunately suicidal people generally believe death to be a release. The writer also specifically used the word "fate", a word that is very difinitive and morbid in context. What could he be hoping for in his fate if he only meant to injure himself in a crash? Attention is one answer but that doesn't hold up in the next group of stanzas. As sad as it is he wanted to end everything and again, unfortunately he does.

    "Oh oh ah ah hey hey
    May you return to love one day
    Well I hope and I pray
    You get what you gave
    Oh oh ah ah hey hey"

    This group is by far the most chilling part of the song. He has now crashed and the "oh oh ah ah hey hey" aren't some accapella-like sounds, they're the narrator's exclamations of pain as he bleeds out. He then addresses the woman that he believes started his downward spiral while she is nowhere around, asking will she return to "love" one day. She did move on and he knows that, so he can't be talking literally as if she's in denial still. He's speaking metaphorically about her returning to him. He's dieing so the only state she would return to find him in would be him being dead. This would mean that she would return to either his grave or his funeral as she is still alive, supported by how he hopes she "gets what she gave" and gets is future tense. He believes she gave heartbreak and depression so he hopes and prays she gets the same, specifically from this tragedy. This is supported by the strongest support of this entire explaination, the title. Morning song, and while the spelling is different, this done possibly to hide how depressing the real story is, the sound is the same. Mourning song, the narrator is hoping she gets the same depression from mourning his death. He accepted that she moved on which is why he has to hope and pray for this reaction, not just expect it. The song ends on a final exclamation of pain, "oh oh ah ah hey hey", and every instruments' final note is on his final "hey" with the instruments' sustain representing his final exhale. I warned this would be dark.

    Put together this song tells of an elderly man who is abandoned by lovers and children alike, leaving him alone. Loneliness and abandonment are thought to be the two main causes of the rising rates of depression in the elderly. The narrator even eventually saw suicide as the better option, a sad trademark of depressive disorders. The artist's strong summary of this struggle gives light to the vivid and horrifying reality of this societal problem.

    Hope someone enjoys this theory, post any criticisms of the explaination you want.
    Tandyon May 29, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSimply:

    -You fall in love very very deep
    -She leaves, Paris
    -She left you
    -She falls in love with a frenchie
    -They marry
    -She has kids
    -She comes back to town
    -You sing this song in front of her.
    pacoshilon July 25, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationAfter listening to this beautiful song quite a lot, I think I may have cracked what's going on.

    I picture that the song starts at the train station where the narrator is waiting for someone he loves to meet him. Don't worry, I'll go through it.

    The carbonation in my drink
    The bubbles rise while my heart sinks
    And I'll I tend to do is think of you

    Here he is waiting with some sort of fizzy drink. I say its a fizzy drink like Coke or Fanta because it contains bubbles that rise. With every rising bubble he is losing hope of her meeting him 'My heart sinks,' but he still loves her because all he can do is think of her.

    Was it easier to pack your bags
    And book that flight to Paris as
    The plane began to move that afternoon

    He is now thinking of reasons and justifying why she left. He thinks that it must have been easier for her to just leave instead of fighting for love. He thinks she's a little selfish.

    When all the trains have pulled away
    From local stations in decay
    It's I who waits, it's you who's late again

    He has come to the realisation that she's probably not turning up but he still has hope because he thinks she's just 'late' even though he knows how unreliable she is, 'late again.'

    And did you think of me when you made love
    To him, was it the same as us
    Or was it different, it must have been

    This implies that she left him for another man or he knows that she definitely met another man and he wonders if she's with that man now instead of coming to meet him. He wonders if she thinks about him or if this man is better than him sexually.

    And all the pretty dames
    They'll hug and kiss you all the same
    And when they go, they're gone
    They're not running late
    Oh all, all the pretty dames

    Now he's starting to become bitter. He's starting to think that all women are the same. He also fully accepts that she's gone forever and she's not going to meet him. He tells himself that she's, 'not running late.'

    And the kids you hold in your arms
    With promises to protect them from harm
    But they grow, and they go
    And you're all alone
    All the kids, all the kids that you hold

    He's extremely bitter now, he says that there's no point in having children and caring for them because in the end you'll end up alone anyway.

    And it's a shame that it ends this way
    With nothing left to say
    So just sit on your hands, while I walk away
    It's a shame, it's a shame, it's a shame
    When my hands begin to shake
    When bitterness is all I taste
    And my car won't stop
    'Cause I cut the brakes
    I hold on to a hope in my fate

    He regrets that it has to be this way but acknowledges that that's just how life is and that it is unfair and disappointing. He sort of hates her for what she's doing to him, his hand is shaking and everything he tastes is bitter and he also feels bitter. He cuts the brakes in his car and drives it, all he can rely on now is fate to save his life.

    Oh oh ah ah hey hey
    May you return to love one day
    Well I hope and I pray
    You get what you gave
    Oh oh ah ah hey hey

    In what could possibly be his last moments alive all he can think of in his bitterness is that he hopes to God that she falls in love with someone and that they treat her the way that she treated him, 'you get what you gave,' this is sort of like you get what you deserve.

    Anyway this is a gorgeous song, written beautifully.
    liveandloveon June 23, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis is a song about betrayal. Most of my interpretation of it isn't literal.

    The carbonation in my drink
    The bubbles rise while my heart sinks
    And I'll I tend to do is think of you

    Although the carbonated drink could be beer, I like to imagine it's Coke or soda. Something banal enough to symbolize average life...because as he lives his everyday life, the woman he loves creeps her way into his thoughts no matter what he does.

    Was it easier to pack your bags
    And book that flight to Paris as
    The plane began to move that afternoon

    He's thinking about the day she left him. He wonders if she ran off and left the country rather than work things out with him just because that was easier for her. Saying the plane began to move that afternoon implies it was a last-minute decision she made. He resents her, whether she left him impulsively or as part of a plan to run off with her lover.

    When all the trains have pulled away
    From local stations in decay
    It's I who waits, it's you who's late again

    I see this as completely symbolic. Their relationship had reached a decayed state, with him desperate to hang on as long as possible, and her barely making an effort—hence, being "late again". Possibly this could allude to him literally waiting on her as she continually shows up late to every plan they make.

    And did you think of me when you made love
    To him, was it the same as us
    Or was it different, it must have been

    He's wondering what this other guy had that he couldn't give. Was the narrator replaceable as a lover? Was the woman looking for something different in a man than what he had to offer, caring nothing for who she hurt in the process of finding it?

    And all the pretty dames
    They'll hug and kiss you all the same
    And when they go, they're gone
    They're not run-ning late
    Oh all, all the pretty dames

    After he entertains the thought of being replaced, his bitterness increases. He's now projecting his ex's treatment of him onto all women, especially pretty women who have their choice of men. Simultaneously, he scorns his ex's perpetual excuse when she was cheating on him: that she was running late. He knows now that's not what she'd meant and he wishes she'd been at least as forthcoming as these random women.

    And the kids you hold in your arms
    With promises to protect them from harm
    But they grow, and they go
    And you're all alone
    All the kids, all the kids that you hold

    This is about how he feels so alone that he doesn't even feel comforted by his children.

    And it's a shame that it ends this way
    With nothing left to say
    So just sit on your hands, while I walk away
    It's a shame, it's a shame, it's a shame

    He wishes their relationship had been done at least the justice of a proper breakup conversation, but it's too late. Sitting on her hands refers again to her making no effort when they were together.

    When my hands begin to shake
    When bitterness is all I taste
    And my car won't stop
    'Cause I cut the brakes
    I hold on to a hope in my fate

    I don't want to take this literally and assume the narrator commits suicide. Another possibility is that he's going wherever he's going in life, which he hopes is somewhere better than he is, and he isn't going to look back.

    Oh oh ah ah hey hey
    May you return to love one day
    Well I hope and I pray
    You get what you gave
    Oh oh ah ah hey hey

    He simultaneously seems to want her to find love again, because he really still loves her which is why he's in such pain, yet at the same time want her to love someone who will betray her the way she betrayed him.

    I love this song. It's raw, epic, unadulterated passion.
    agreyhorseon October 13, 2016   Link

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