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You Give Me Something (James Morrison song)

"You Give Me Something" is the first single by English singer James Morrison, which was released on 16 July 2006. The song is featured on his debut album, Undiscovered, which was released on 31 July 2006. It reached number one in New Zealand and the top 10 in several nations, including Australia, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the UK. The song was nominated for a BRIT Award in the category Best British Single Shortlist in 2007.

"You Give Me Something"
Single by James Morrison
from the album Undiscovered
Released 17 July 2006
23 February 2007 (US radio re-release)
Format CD single, 7" single, digital download
Recorded 2006
Genre Pop rock, R&B
Length 3:33
Label Polydor
Songwriter(s) James Morrison, Eg White
Producer(s) Eg White
James Morrison singles chronology
"You Give Me Something"
"Wonderful World"
"You Give Me Something"
"Wonderful World"

This song was number 100 on MTV Asia's list of Top 100 Hits of 2007.[1] Beginning in December 2006, "You Give Me Something" was featured in an FX Network commercial, promoting their slogan There Is No Box. In February 2007, the single was re-released to US radio stations.

The song was used in the final episode of series 5 of Doctor Who, in the wedding scene of Amy Pond and Rory Williams, and American TV series Ugly Betty. It was also included in the Brazilian soap opera Paraíso Tropical, produced by Rede Globo. In addition, it was also included in the 2008 American romantic-comedy film Made of Honor.



When James Morrison was in New Zealand and appeared on New Zealand Idol, the two finalists asked Morrison what the meaning behind the song was, and Morrison said that it was intended to be a "harsh love song". The lyrics mean that the protagonist of the song does not love the person as much as she loves him, but is willing to give the relationship a try.

Music videoEdit

The music video takes place in a studio where Morrison is seated in a chair, surrounded by microphones while singing and playing guitar. His backing orchestra plays behind curtains that show only their shadows. Watching him are a woman with a lollipop, a group of skipping rope girls and a group of showgirls.

A second version of the video was released in early 2007. It features Morrison performing the song for pedestrians in New York City's Chinatown. It was filmed on the corner of Lafayette Street and Canal Street. A New York University bus is briefly visible in the background.

Track listingEdit

  1. "You Give Me Something"
  2. "Is There Anybody Home?"
  3. "Burns Like Summer Sun"


Chart (2006–07) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 7
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 8
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 7
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[5] 34
Brazil (ABPD)[6] 21
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 31
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 14
Italy (FIMI)[9] 13
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[10] 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[12] 10
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[13] 7
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 25
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 4
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 5
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[17] 33
Venezuela Pop Rock (Record Report)[18] 2


  1. ^ MTV Asia. "Top 100 Hits List" Archived 22 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 27 December 2007
  2. ^ " – James Morrison – You Give Me Something". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  3. ^ " – James Morrison – You Give Me Something" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  4. ^ " – James Morrison – You Give Me Something" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  5. ^ " – James Morrison – You Give Me Something" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. 6 October 2001. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  7. ^ " – James Morrison – You Give Me Something". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – James Morrison". Irish Singles Chart.
  9. ^ " – James Morrison – You Give Me Something". Top Digital Download.
  10. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – James Morrison" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  11. ^ " – James Morrison – You Give Me Something". Top 40 Singles.
  12. ^ " – James Morrison – You Give Me Something". VG-lista.
  13. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  14. ^ " – James Morrison – You Give Me Something". Singles Top 100.
  15. ^ " – James Morrison – You Give Me Something". Swiss Singles Chart.
  16. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  17. ^ "James Morrison Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Pop Rock" (in Spanish). Record Report. 3 February 2007. Archived from the original on 24 November 2006. 

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