Lyrics of Shakermaker

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Shakermaker by Oasis comes under the genre Alternative Rock,General. It was released on 15 Jun 2010 under the label of Big Brother. Copyright holded by 2010 Big Brother Recordings Ltd.

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Lyrics of Shakermaker

I'd like to be somebody else and not know where I've been
I'd like to build myself a house out of plasticine
Shake along with me
I've been driving in my car with my friend Mr. Soft
Mr. Clean and Mr.Ben are living in my loft
Shake along with me!
I'm sorry but I just don't know
I know I said I told you so
But when you're happy and you're feeling fine
Then you'll know it's the right time
It's the right time
To shake along with me!

Mister Sifter sold me songs
when I was just sixteen
Now he stops at traffic lights
but only when they're green


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'Shakermaker' is a song by English rock band Oasis, written by their lead guitarist Noel Gallagher. First appearing as a single, released on 13 June 1994, it was later released on Oasis' groundbreaking debut album 'Definitely Maybe'. It peaked at number 11 on the UK charts. It was also the first song performed by the band on 'Top of the Pops'. It is the only single from the band's debut album not to be certified Silver by the BPI.

Gallagher admits the lyrics are taken from the world around him, for example, a Shaker Maker was a popular toy in the 1970s, the character of 'Mr Soft' was taken from a Trebour Soft Mints commercial, which featured Cockney Rebel's song 'Mr Soft', 'Mr. Clean' is a song by The Jam, one of Gallagher's favourite bands, 'Mr Benn' is a British children's cartoon and the entire last verse - 'Mr Sifter sold me songs/When I was just 16/Now he stops at traffic lights/But only when they're green' - was written in a taxi on the way to the recording studio to record the song. Apparently, Liam Gallagher was pestering Noel to finish the song. At this point, the taxi stopped at the traffic lights outside 'Sifter's' (a record shop in Burnage, Manchester). Noel penned the lyric and it became part of the song. Noel used to frequent the store to buy old records before Oasis started releasing albums and Mr Sifter refers to the owner of the record store. Sifter told Noel to mind his words if he ever got famous. The song illustrates Noel Gallagher's habit of borrowing from the past: the chords are a simple twelve-bar blues progression and the melody for the verse was originally taken from 'I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)' (the song made famous from its use on Coca-Cola adverts in the 1970s) by Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway, Bill Backer and Billy Davis. However, this led to Oasis being successfully sued for the unlicensed use by The New Seekers and they had to pay out $A500,000 (Australian dollars). When asked about the incident, Noel Gallagher said, 'Now we all drink Pepsi.'


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