Songs About Coffee
In This round up of Coffee Culture we take a look at music stars who have been influenced by the dark elixir, and are not shy about showing it in their songs.
Despite reaching only 11 in the UK singles chart this became one of the britpop band’s most popular radio songs, and was unusually sung and written by the bands guitarist Graham Coxon instead of normal singer/songwriter Damon Albarn. The song notifies the importance of coffee as a liberation from everyday life, and is the second single from Blur’s variably reviewed sixth album ’13’.
The song also features a famous video in which a milk carton simple known as ‘Milky’ goes in search of guitarist Graham Coxon who has run away from home in the story. The video follows Milky’s dangerous journey to find Coxon in which he falls in love with a strawberry milk carton before finding Coxon and returning him to his family. The video is widely acclaimed, and has won several awards, and Milky was auctioned off after filming.
Acclaimed: Milky in search for the lost Coxon in the famous music video & the cover of the Coffee & TV single released in 1999.
UK Singles Chart Position: 11 UK Album Chart Position: 1
Coffee Line: “So give me coffee and TV, peacefully, cos I’ve seen so much i’m going blind, and i’m brain-dead virtually”. (A perfect tribute to the powers of coffee).
‘One More Cup Of Coffee’ is the fourth track (non-single) on legendary American folk singer Bob Dylan’s seventeenth studio album (Desire). The song is performed as a duet with Emmylou Harris and is thought to have been inspired by a trip to France. The song is supposedly about the gypsy families in the region of France that he visited, and documents the tale of one gypsy girl in particular. It has been thought that the song could be a metaphor for Dylan’s relationship with Sara.
Featuring on a critically acclaimed album, the track has gained a cult following over the years with many bands covering the song either live or in the studio. The most famous of which being The White Stripes who covered the song on their self titled debut album (1999) & Robert Plant on his album Dreamland (2002).
Cult Following: The song has been covered by artists such as The White Stripes and Robert Plant.
US Singles Chart Position: N/A US Albums Chart Position : 1
Coffee Line: “One more cup of coffee for the road, One more cup of coffee ‘fore I go To the valley below”. (Sounds like a plan Bob).
Before Bob Marley became a huge reggae star he wrote this heartbreaking song about divorce as one of four early singles before he even released an album, in fact ‘One Cup Of Coffee’ was released under the pseudonym ‘Bobby Martell’. The Jamaican singer sounds a lot different than in his reggae hay day, hence it provides an interesting point of reference in his career.
The song sounds a lot more upbeat than the lyrics are and this provides an interesting, bitter-sweet contrast to the song. Interestingly this early single was also released the same year as Jamaica gained full independence from the United Kingdom (6th August 1962).
Early Days: The original vinyl single of ‘One Cup Of Coffee’ & a young Bob on the compilation album ‘Songs of Freedom’ in which ‘One Cup Of Coffee’ features.
US Singles Chart Position: N/A US Albums Chart Position N/A
Coffee Line: ‘Though I just dropped by to let you know, That I’m Leaving you tomorrow, I’ll cause you know more sorrow, One cup of coffee than I’ll go”