February 13, 2009

Wonderwall: Behind the Oasis Song and Lyrics

"Wonderwall" is an acoustic guitar song by British rock band Oasis, from their second album (What's the Story) Morning Glory? Wonderwall was released on October 30 1995 as the follow up to Some Might Say and Roll With It from WTSMG.

Wonderwall  was written by Oasis mainstay and chief song writer Noel Gallagher.  It is considered by many music buffs to be a defining British rock song.

"Wonderwall" single peaked on the UK Singles Charts at number two and proved to be Oasis’ American breakthrough, giving Oasis their only US top 10 hit thus far.

wonderwall oasis single cover image artwork

Wonderwall supposedly takes its name from the 1968 album Wonderwall Music by George Harrison. The album was for a film called Wonderwall.

It was originally claimed that the lyrics for "Wonderwall" were written for Gallagher's then-girlfriend, Meg Mathews. Noel married Mathews in 1997, but divorced four years later. Noel Gallagher now claims that the song was not about Mathews at all, but he felt he had to go along with the supposed rumour, saying "The meaning of that song was taken away from me by the media who jumped on it. How do you tell your missus it's not about her once she's read it is? The lyric are about an imaginary friend who's gonna come and save you from yourself."

The music video to Wonderwall was filmed in the relatively brief period when bassist Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan quit the band due to nervous exhaustion; Scott McLeod came in to replace him but for some crazy reason chose not to be in Oasis and walked.


The single’s  sleeve artwork was inspired by the paintings of the Belgian surrealist RenĂ© Magritte, and was shot on Primrose Hill in northwest London. The hand holding the frame is that of long time Oasis art director Brian Cannon; the girl is Anita Heryet, a Creation Records employee. The original concept was for Liam to be in the frame before Noel vetoed that idea whilst the shoot was taking place.

Here's the lyics

Today is gonna be the day 
That they're gonna throw it back to you 
By now you should've somehow 
Realized what you gotta do 
I don't believe that anybody 
Feels the way I do about you now 

Backbeat the word was on the street 
That the fire in your heart is out 
I'm sure you've heard it all before 
But you never really had a doubt 
I don't believe that anybody feels 
The way I do about you now 

And all the roads we have to walk along are winding 
And all the lights that lead us there are blinding 
There are many things that I would 
Like to say to you 
I don't know how 

Because maybe 
You're gonna be the one who saves me ? 
And after all 
You're my wonderwall 

Today was gonna be the day? 
But they'll never throw it back to you 
By now you should've somehow 
Realized what you're not to do 
I don't believe that anybody 
Feels the way I do 
About you now 

And all the roads that lead to you were winding 
And all the lights that light the way are blinding 
There are many things that I would like to say to you 
I don't know how 

I said maybe 
You're gonna be the one who saves me ? 
And after all 
You're my wonderwall 

I said maybe 
You're gonna be the one who saves me ? 
And after an 
You're my wonderwall 

Said maybe 
You're gonna be the one that saves me 
You're gonna be the one that saves me 
You're gonna be the one that saves me 


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