Zach Bryan’s “Morning Time” Puts A Unique Spin On The Phrase “You Light Up My Life”

One of my favorite things to do is pull up Zach Bryans American heartbreak on Spotify and press Shuffle to see what song is coming.

Even though the album came out in May, I still feel like I haven’t actually heard all 34 songs. I have… but somehow I still discover something new.

So I finally heard and looked up the lyrics to “Morning Time” and now I can’t stop thinking about it.

Zach Bryan’s music is rife with opportunities to overanalyze his lyrics. This song in particular is a huge metaphor that I had way too much fun dissecting.

Each verse begins with the singer comparing that person in the morning to various good feelings that morning gives them:

you in the morning time
Reminds me of a simpler time
Mow the grass for cash and gas
To prove I’m worthy of your touch and time.”

But like most Zach Bryan love songs, there’s self-loathing that’s so intertwined and ingrained that it kind of pushes that persona away.

The singer is the contrast to this person who is light and he can only love her in the dark. That could be because he’s exhausted and has already lost another love that he feels should have stayed, so there’s uncertainty and disbelief that she won’t do the same.

The chorus gives us the greatest insight into the relationship and shows how much the singer struggles with the light of this person. He can love her in his darkness, but he doesn’t trust the morning light:

“Because if you go down hard
You come up swinging
I hate love
But I love you in the evening
I swore you were here
When I finally woke up
i love you in the evening
But I hate high hopes.”

The last four lines complicate the feelings the most. The singer swears she would be there when he finally woke up from his darkness and could exist with her in the light, but the fact that he hates high hopes makes us wonder if she was there.

One thing Zach Bryan does so incredibly well in his music is add a sense of hope no matter how sad or self-loathing or depressing the song is.

And the last verse of this song really cements that message that someone is able to light up your life, or at least be with you long enough for you to accept that light exists.

The last verse lets us know that the singer has survived the metaphorical night with this person and will be fine. Zach Bryan’s “Morning Time” Puts A Unique Spin On The Phrase “You Light Up My Life”

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