Alabama 3’s “Woke Up This Morning” Lyrics Meaning

The lyrics of Alabama 3’s “Woke Up This Morning” were inspired by a real life tragedy which occurred in 1989. The tragedy in question centered around a British woman named Sara Thornton who murdered her violent and abusive husband.

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Sara, who had been mistreated and abused by her husband for years, claimed she accidentally stabbed him to death following a heated argument. She was subsequently found guilty of murder. However, after appealing the verdict, a retrial saw her eventually being freed.

Lyrics of "Woke Up This Morning"

Writing Credits for “Woke Up This Morning”

The members of Alabama 3 (including Rob Spragg and Jake Black) composed this song. According to Spragg, he was inspired to pen this song moments after hearing about Sara Thornton’s sad case. He later went on to state that the lyrics tell the tale of a woman “gets a gun” because she’s had enough of being mistreated.

Release Date of “Woke Up This Morning”

“Woke Up This Morning” was released through One Little Indian Records in June 1997. It appears as track number 3 on Alabama 3’s maiden album. And said album goes by the title “Exile on Coldharbour Lane”.

Appearance on “The Sopranos”

This classic is arguably best known for being a theme song for the iconic crime drama TV series “The Sopranos”.

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