Let Me Know Another Lonely Night Has Come and Gone: Top 5 Songs About Mornings


I was in my car driving down the freeway this weekend when I thought of this top 5 list, so I haven't taken much time to ruminate on it and therefore will likely hate myself later for the songs I left out.

5) "Good Morning" by Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, and Debbie Reynolds

Originally written by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed for the 1939 movie Babes in Arms (for Judy Garland & Mickey Rooney, and their version is nice too), it's best known from Singin' in the Rain.  It's so cheerful and peppy and makes me want to dance.  Plus, you can sing it with friends/lovers!  (In a similar vein, I also love "Good Morning, Baltimore" from Hairspray.)

4) "I'm Only Sleeping"/"Good Morning Good Morning" by The Beatles

Both are sort of delirious, dark but buoyant Lennon songs, but that sounds like most of my mornings.  As a teenager I especially related to "I'm Only Sleeping" and the truth is I still do.  It's part of why I so treasure living alone--I can sleep whenever and for however long I want with no one to judge me.  :)  "Good Morning Good Morning" is just fun and simple.

3) "Oh in the Morning" by Arlo Guthrie

Now this song transitions us into our more quiet, introspective morning songs.  This is just Arlo and his piano, and it's like a hymn.  The song has a verse about the evening too, but it's the morning one that gets repeated.

oh, in the morning
feel like the sun
coming up on daytime
shine on everyone
coming up on darkness 
warm me in your arms
let me know another lonely night
has come and gone

 2) "Morning Has Broken" by Cat Stevens

A hymn written in 1931 by English author Eleanor Farjeon, and set to the Gaelic tune "Bunessan", it's perhaps known best from Cat Steven's 1971 album Teaser and the Firecat, as his version went to #6 on the U.S. pop charts.  This song makes me want to go meet the sunshine and all it touches!  (I also recommend his demo version, though it's not the same without that divine piano.)

1) "Morning Yearning" by Ben Harper

(gorgeous music video directed by Heath Ledger!)

This song is so, so entrancing.  For me it somehow manages to be both happy and sad, feels warm and then turns cold, much like...mornings.  The strings are incredible, and the LYRICS.

A finger's touch upon my lips
It's a morning yearning, it's a morning yearning
Pull the curtains shut, try to keep it dark
But the sun is burning, the sun is burning

The world awakens on the run

And will soon be earning, soon be earning
With hopes of better days to come
It's a morning yearning, a morning yearning

Another day, another chance to get it right

Must I still be learning, must I still be learning
Baby crying kept us up all night
With her morning yearning, with her morning yearning

morning yearning

Like a summer rose, I'm a victim of the fall

But I'm soon returning, soon returning
Your love' s the warmest place the sun ever shines
In my morning yearning, in my morning yearning

morning yearning

What are your favorite songs about mornings?


jonathan edmund said...

Love your choices! Um, here's mine, I'm doing 6 because my number 1 is the same as your number 2 with a different singer / context (that I looooove).

1. Ellen Green singing Morning Has Broken in Pushing Daisies!
2. Bright Morning Stars as sung by The Wailin' Jennys
3. Her Morning Elegance by Oren Lavie (also one of my favorite music videos - 'tis on youtube!!)
4. Late Morning Lullaby by Brandi Carlile
5. Sun It Rises by Fleet Foxes
6. Through to Sunrise by Girlyman.

All lovely!

Allie said...

Here are mine!

1. "Morning Morgantown" by Joni Mitchell

2. "English Tea" by Paul McCartney

3. "We Are the Sleepyheads" by Belle & Sebastian

4. "Awake My Soul" by Mumford & Sons

jonathan edmund said...

Oh and Beautiful Dawn by The Wailin' Jennys!!!

Maryann said...

Bah! So many great songs! I love Beautiful Dawn, but need to hear Bright Morning Stars. I'm OBSESSED with Her Morning Elegance (I learned about it from the video!) and the rest of yours, Jonathan, I still need to hear!

Allie, I know all of those except the Belle & Sebastian song, but I definitely had to put on "Morning Morgantown" to remember it. It's so lovely. (I thought about adding "Chelsea Morning" but opted not to.)

Thanks you two!

Anonymous said...

See if you can find "Silver Morning" by Kenny Rankin. It fits in with your love for a time gone by. Absolutely beautiful!