Blue Morning, Blue Day – Wikipedia
1978 song by Foreigner
“Blue Morning, Blue Day” is a song written by Lou Gramm and Mick Jones that was first released as the third single on Foreigner’s second album, Double Vision, reaching #15 on the Hot 100, the band’s sixth top 40 single in two years, and #45 in the U.K. The song was backed with the Mick Jones song “I Have Waited So Long”. “Blue Morning, Blue Day” is also available as downloadable content for the Rock Band series and was released on clear blue vinyl.
Gramm said about the song, “It talks about a young musician that’s burning the candle at both ends. He has a lot on his mind, and walks the street at night.” Blue is used as a metaphor for misery. The color was later in a different context on Gramm’s 1987 solo hit “Midnight Blue”. Gramm also stated that the song “came about a little later in the sessions. It was a dark horse track and the mood of it was dark, but the story of the song was so cool that it ended up being the third single from the album. We still play it to this day, both my band and Mick and his band.”
St. Joseph News-Press critic Conrad Bibens described the lyrics as being “straight-forward reflections on love,” as with many of the songs on Double Vision and in this case expressing “amazement that [things are] going awry.”Ultimate Classic Rock critic Matt Wardlaw describes the song as being about a “tangled relationship” reaching its breaking point and culminating with the singer telling his lover “Well, honey don’t telephone / ‘Cause I won’t be alone / I need someone to make me feel better.” Jones has rated it one of his 11 favorite Foreigner songs, stating that it “signified the slightly dark and tense atmosphere that [Jones] felt was a very important part of our directions.”The Record critic Rick Atkinson claims that “Blue Morning, Blue Day” repeats the guitar and keyboard sound that made earlier Foreigner single “Cold as Ice” successful.Rolling Stone Magazine critic Ken Tucker likens Gramm’s vocal performance to a charming “McCartney-like coo.”
Billboard Magazine praised the “tasty guitar work,” “punchy arrangement” and “strong vocals” on the song.Cash Box said that it has “majestic guitar lines, piano insistence and slapping drum beat,” as well as “a rising guitar solo and solid lead and backing vocals” and maracas. Wardlaw rated “Blue Morning, Blue Day” as Foreigner’s 9th greatest song.Stereo Review critic Joel Vance found it similar to the 1967 Lovin’ Spoonful song “Six O’Clock.
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