In their words /// Morganway on ‘My Love Ain’t Gonna Save You’

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My brother and I formed Morganway last year, and while most of our songs are new, “My Love Ain’t Gonna Save You” has been kicking around a while. It came about suddenly and somewhat inconveniently, as the best ones do, while I was in-between work-shifts. The line and melody just jumped out, and the rest came together with my old band.

We hadn’t really considered using it with Morganway until earlier this year. I was jamming with my co-lyricist, George Nicholson, and the song jumped right back out at us. We tightened some of the lines, re-jigged the structure a bit; we wanted to get a sense of the story.

The title of the song says it all. You can’t rely on another person to save you. You can’t rely on another person to change you. Love scares you, love tears you, and ultimately you’re on your own. Maybe that’s OK. Maybe that’s empowering.

The song’s subject, say a man, is looking for someone to guide him, to make things easier, and the other person’s response is simple: “my love ain’t gonna save you”. As the song builds, we get a sense that these two people share a connection, or at least the man is determined they do: “it’s the greatest, deepest love affair”. He becomes so “tangled up” he can “hardly move”. Maybe it’s the first time he’s been in love. He’s got a lot to learn.

So the song’s a dialogue between two people, which is why it works well in Morganway; Yve and I both sing it. We become the subjects of the song, battling it out at one another. Two people lost in love.

Love is frightening and dangerous, it’s unkind and it’s a mess, but we’re only human. We can’t help ourselves. We obsess and even if we get nowhere, we wouldn’t want it any other way.

by Callum Morgan

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