Early in the Morning
Harry Nilsson Lyrics


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Early in the morning and I can't do right
Had a little fight with my baby last night and it's early in the morning
Don'chu know it's early in the morning
Early in the morning
I ain't got nothing, no nothing but the blues

I went to your girlfriend's house
But she was out
I knocked on your daddy's door
But he began to shout and he said
It's early in the morning
Don'chu know it's early in the morning
Early in the morning
I ain't got nothing, no nothing but the blues

I went to Dooky Chase to get somethin' to eat
Waitress looked at me said, "Harry, you sure look beat"
And I said, It's early in the morning
Don'chu know it's early in the morning

Early in the morning
Early in the morning
Early in the morning
Early in the morning
Early in the morning
Early in the morning
Early in the morning
Early in the morning

Ain't got nothing, but the
Ain't got nothing, but the
Ain't got nothing, but the
Ain't got nothing, but the
Ain't got nothing, but the




Ain't got nothing, but the
Blues

Overall Meaning

The song "Early in the Morning" by Harry Nilsson is a blues-inspired track that tells the story of a man who wakes up feeling down and defeated after having a fight with his lover the night before. The lyrics suggest that he is struggling to cope with the aftermath of the argument, and that everything he tries to do to cheer himself up fails. The repetition of the phrase "early in the morning" throughout the song emphasizes the sense of loneliness and despair the singer feels.


The opening lines of the song set the tone for the rest of the lyrics. The singer wakes up feeling unable to do anything right, and it becomes clear that he is suffering from the emotional toll of the fight with his partner. The stanza "Don'chu know it's early in the morning / Early in the morning / I ain't got nothing, no nothing but the blues" emphasizes his state of mind, suggesting that he has no motivation or willpower to carry on. The second stanza sees him trying to seek solace in his partner's girlfriend, but she's not available. He then goes to his partner's father's house, but he is met with hostility. The fact that he can find no respite even from his own family members exacerbates his sense of isolation.


The final stanza sees the singer, still struggling to shake off his depression, seeking comfort in food, but even this attempt is thwarted. The waitresses comment that he looks worn out further highlights his distress, and the song ends with the refrain, "Ain't got nothing, but the Blues," emphasizing the singer's continued sense of despair.


Line by Line Meaning

Early in the morning and I can't do right
It's the early hours of the morning and I'm feeling troubled and unsure of what to do next.


Had a little fight with my baby last night and it's early in the morning
My partner and I had an argument last night, and now that it's the early morning, I'm still feeling the effects and unsure of how to make things right.


Don'chu know it's early in the morning
I'm trying to remind others that it's still early in the morning and that things may not be fully resolved yet.


I ain't got nothing, no nothing but the blues
I'm feeling down and blue, with nothing good to think about or look forward to.


I went to your girlfriend's house
I tried to seek comfort from your girlfriend.


But she was out
Unfortunately, she was not there, and I'm left feeling alone and unsupported.


I knocked on your daddy's door
I also tried to seek help from your father.


But he began to shout and he said
Instead, he reacted negatively, shouting at me.


I went to Dooky Chase to get somethin' to eat
I went to a local eatery to try and distract myself from my troubles.


Waitress looked at me said, "Harry, you sure look beat"
The waitress noticed my appearance and demeanor, seeing the physical signs of my emotional distress.


Ain't got nothing, but the
I have nothing, except for the


Blues
overwhelming feelings of sadness and despair.




Lyrics © KOBALT MUSIC PUBLISHING LIMITED
Written by: Leo Hickman, Louis Jordan, Dallas Bartley

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@Cerph

Early in the mornin' and I can't do right
Had a little fight with my baby last night
And it's early in the mornin'
Doncha' know it's early in the mornin'

Early in the mornin'
I ain't got nothin', no nothin' but the blues

I went to your girlfriend's house
But she was out
I knocked on your daddy's door
But he began to shout, and he said
It's early in the mornin'
Doncha' know it's early in the mornin'

Early in the mornin'
I ain't got nothin', no nothin' but the blues

I went to Dooby Chase to get somethin' to eat
The waitress looked at me, she said,
"Harry, you sure look beat"- ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah
And I said, It's early in the mornin'
Doncha' know it's early in the mornin'

Early in the mornin'
Early in the mornin'
Early in the mornin'
Early in the mornin'
Early in the mornin'
Early in the mornin'
Early in the mornin'
Early in the mornin'

I ain't got nothin', but
I ain't got nothin', but
I ain't got nothin', but
I ain't got nothin', but
I ain't got nothin', but
I ain't got nothin', but
the blues

(instrumental- piano)

Early in the mornin' and I can't do right
Had a little fight with my baby last night
And it's early in the mornin'

(fade out)



All comments from YouTube:

@passonthering

I probably hadn't thought about this song for 40+ years, but I woke up at about 4 this morning and by 5, this song was running through my head. We had and loved this amazing album when we were young. Now that I've lived a good hunk of life, most of it as a musician of sorts, I so much more deeply appreciate the brilliance of Harry Nilsson, and this song in particular. Maybe he didn't do it in one take, but maybe he did.

@gmgroucho77

Similarly, I wore this album out 40+ years ago and have recently come back to it while catching up on other HN albums I'd seen in record shops but (foolishly) never bought or listened to. I'd known back then that he was an eclectic/versatile artist who couldn't be pigeon holed, but now, more than ever and also living a fair chunk of life, I truly appreciate the contradictions ...the wondrously sensitive song writer/performer, the hard living, seemingly reckless rock 'n' roller, the devoted family man. Special bloke, gone too early.

@beatles42ohgg94

i didnt know i knew this song. i think my mom had harry nissan records or something. know every song, but ive never heard of him or his music besides me and my arrow (its a hop hop thing()

@DonDeering

If you haven't, check out the Ray Charles original.

@richkovach5503

It definitely came about during or after an all nighter, where ever it came from. Amazon video has a documentary called “ Who is Harry Nielsen” I watched it, I knew zero about him, but recognized so many good tunes. Now I’m trying to catch up on him, this is my favorite so far! It’s such a good catch!

@lantose

Me and a buddy of mine too! He bought the album when it came out (i think ‘72) and turned his dad’s big speakers to face each other, maybe 6-7’, and crank up Jump into the Fire. We obviously fell in love with the whole album and I bought the CD in the 80’s. I love these reaction video’s because of the fond memories of great days in my life sharing the world with others! You have a great day!

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@ttrocks5985

Sometimes less is better. What an utterly minimalistic song. What a great vocal talent!

@SaintVodou

One of the best musicians I’d never heard of until I saw this CD cover in a relative’s collection (maybe the bathrobe got my attention). It was love at first sound. Every other song had me asking, “Hey, where do I know this from?” and/or, “HE wrote that?” Nilsson should be a lot more famous than he is...

@freerangerustler

Best song coming on the fm radio while driving around in the 68 skylark at dawn after doing a bunch of acid that night. Been a big fan of Harry's ever since.
Was summertime in 1974

Was kinda like heaven

@jeannettejohnson2375

I resemble that remark!

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