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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. The song has been nominated for a BRIT Award in the category Best British Single Shortlist in 2007. It was a Single of the Week and was a free download for a week on iTunes.

"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 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 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 jump 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. [1]

Track listingEdit

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

Chart performanceEdit

"You Give Me Something" remains James Morrison's most popular single. The song peaked at number five on the UK Singles Chart, giving him his first top 10 hit. It also made number one on the RIANZ New Zealand Singles Chart.