What does Champagne Supernova mean?

Oasis: Champagne Supernova Meaning

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Song Released: 1996

Champagne Supernova Lyrics

How many special people change
How many lives are living strange
Where were you when we were getting high?
Slowly walking down the hall
Faster than a cannon ball
Where were you while we were getting high?

Some day you will find...


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    Dec 15th 2008 !⃝

    Ok here's what I think: Champagne Supernova is a song about a relationship that has fallen apart, but the singer believes could still last forever.

    "Where were you while we were getting high?" This line probably has less to do with actually getting high, but more of a representation of the things they used to do together that the girl is no longer doing with him.

    "Slowly walking down the hall faster than a cannonball." It possibly means that when he sees her, although she is walking slowly, it feels to him like she is walking faster than a cannonball. Leading one to believe that he still cares for her, while she just passes him by.

    "Someday you will find me caught beneath the landslide in a champagne supernova in the sky." At this point he is saying that someday she will find him a complete wreck without her ("caught beneath a landslide"). The champagne supernova probably comes from the amount of alcohol and drugs that he does to ease the pain of his loss.

    "We Don't believe that they're gonna get away from the summer. But you and I will never die. The world's still spinning around, we don't know why." I think that the summer is supposed to represent the end/death of something, in this case a relationship. He goes on to say that theirs will never die. Although their relationship is hurting, he believes that it will never actually die. He doesn't know how he knows this, but he's sure of it.(hence "The world's still spinning around we don't know why").

    That's just what I think. It's probably totally wrong, but whatever.

  2. Brisja
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    Jun 3rd 2017 !⃝

    I'm not sure about everything before he talks about the supernova but I think " someday you will find me caught beneath the landslide" means someday someone will find him very messed up or dead, I think "in a champagne supernova in the sky" means that they will find him in a champagne coloredsupernova( car) in heaven. Maybe it's the songwriters dream car?

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  3. anonymous
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    Mar 23rd 2017 !⃝

    I was starting a new life when this song came out, leaving a life I knew forever for the unknown, new relationship, new career, new everything. About 1/2 into the flight across the country, this song came on in the inflight headphones, it set the mood for my entire life after that. It was like I was saying goodbye to all my old friends back in the city, all the times we had but I knew I was going into something so much better. 20 years later, its still the same and so much better.

  4. anonymous
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    Mar 22nd 2017 !⃝

    He said that it meant nothing... Sure, but he also said it meant something different to everyone. The song has nothing to do with a martini glass and cocain either, it's a shame that people want to butcher it like that. Look up how he got the name of it and you will see. The song to me means that his dad wasn't around, he uses questions in the song to challenge that like "where were you while we were getting high". It seriously can mean so many things, I think that's why it's so epic. It makes me think of my dad that passed away after doing drugs his whole life, it makes me think of when I want to escape from reality but can't..... I could go on and on.

  5. anonymous
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    Jan 2nd 2017 !⃝

    Noel was inspired by the movie Grease. Champagne Supernova is a car. The color champagne and although there is no car called a super nova there is a car called a Nova. He is english though and is confused but inspired by american culture. He is foreshadowing the success of the band and how they will be riding high in the sky in a dope car. The landslide part is about cocaine. English people always use the wrong words. What he meant was avalanche. Referring to cocaine and an avalanche of coke.

  6. anonymous
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    Sep 22nd 2014 !⃝

    Oasis champagne supernova song analysis

    The song champagne supernova was written by Noel Gallagher in 1995. I believe the name of the song was suppose to mean the life of someone with a lot of money that spends it all on drugs and alcohol to hide the real fact they they are really lonely. When in reality Noel heard the song Bossanova by pixies and thought the name was supernova, he then decided to use that for himself, at the time he was watching a documentary about champagne and thought it worked well.
    The first 3 lines of the song are "how many special people change? How many lives are living strange? Where were you while we were getting high?" Here noel uses rhetorical questions to portray the fact that he is talking about lost friends or people that mean a lot to him these are people that are not there or around anymore.
    The next two lines are "slowly walking down the hall. Faster than a cannon ball." I feel like these lines mean in reality he sees the people he misses moving on with their lives, walking around getting on with it but to him its like they're 'moving faster than a cannon ball' because he cant catch up with them or make immense. Wether that be because his job restricts him from staying in the same place or he has fallen out with a friend or family member. He exhibits this using a smilie which would make the reader/listener imagine what ever they felt so they could connect with it.
    Noel starts the chorus with the two lines "some day you will find me, caught beneath the landslide." The way i interpreted this was that he is referring back to the first 3 lines saying that the lost friend will return but find him in a poor state. 'Landslide' being all the drugs and alcohol to ease the pain of his loss.
    "Cos people believe that they're gonna get away for the summer" i see this being a reference to typical English people that always say that they'll 'get away for the summer' but never do. He could be using this as a metaphor to symbolise the unlikeliness of him ever seeing the lost friends/loved ones again. I came to this understanding from the next 3 lines that say "but you and I, we live and die, the worlds still spinning around and we don't know why." Here he is talking about the one person that has stuck by him through it all 'but you and i' meaning that we are a different situation and that will not happen with us.
    To conclude, the song portrays all of Noel Gallaghers feelings about loosing someone that is close to you but at the same time having someone there for you that didn't leave you when you most needed them.

  7. anonymous
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    Sep 16th 2014 !⃝

    The person says the lyrics to the song are "we dont believe that they're going to get away from the summer" if these were the actual lyrics it would give them a whole new meaning to what they really are "cos people believe that they're gonna get away for the summer"
    Fair enough if that was just their opinion but it is technically incorrect and should not be the highest rated analysis

    From a 13 year old girl.
    Lily x

  8. anonymous
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    Aug 16th 2012 !⃝

    Maybe it has to be with the real meaning of a supernova. After a long period getting bigger, it enters in collapse and becomes a black hole, putting end even to the light. Perhaps after a whole life of anguish, he explodes and throws everything away, trying to put a new meaning to his existence.

  9. anonymous
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    May 21st 2012 !⃝

    It is about a massive energy wanting to escape, but it cannot escape. Across all walks of life.
    For example;
    1.By thinking you will get "away for the summer" (a British expression). But it doesn't happen!
    2. By "walking down the hall" - away from your last day at school, last day at work etc..
    but then you realise you need a job and an education.
    3.If you are rich and have access to drugs it is a "champagne supernova".
    but then you need more drugs to get the same release, so you are trapped.

    you may have a "champagne supernova"- but circumstances pull you back.

  10. anonymous
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    Aug 25th 2011 !⃝

    champagne supernova is one of my all time favourite song. Just like Noel although there's no meaning when he wrote it but that it does mean something to someone. While recently i was listening to the song, i realised that it somehow related to the current society that we are living in. Its like some people is changing (good or bad), some people is strange (living strange such as war, riots and crimes). Some live in slow pace and some in fast (like canon balls). The best part is the motivation and encouragement where it says Maybe someday you will see me beneath the landslide (bad condition: losing someone you love, losing money in the market, losing jobs and etc.) but then champagne supernova in the sky (from worst to great)everyone should believe that they gonna get away from the summer. (get away from wars, the bad economy, global warming and stuff.) And then the ending with Why oh why... is like why all this things are happening. Just my interpretation. Hope that this song does motivate you.

  11. anonymous
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    Jul 16th 2011 !⃝

    Everyone chatting poo! A champagne supernova is about drugs. A glass of champagne with cocaine around the rim. Stop over analysing and take it for what it is

  12. anonymous
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    Jun 6th 2011 !⃝

    Champagne supernova is about a universal feeling called nostalgia. You can feel it in the lyrics but even more in the music. Nostalgia can be sweet, sad, strong, and that's how this song is... As in most of Noel's songs, not all the lyrics mean something, so no need to find a special explanation to slowly walking down the hall, faster then a special cannon ball... The ones that truly matter are:

    How many special people change? How many lives are living strange? Where were you while we were getting high?
    If you stop and think about your life, wouldn't you wonder about the same things? Didn't you loose good friends just because they changed, life changes and yeah, when you think about all the people in this world, many are living strange... It expresses the nostalgia of good times of the past. Where were you while we were getting high?
    Someday you will find me caught beneath the landslide, in a champagne supernova in the sky...
    To me it means that people and things have changed and someday it will end up by completly affecting me and all you'll find is someone who blew his mind, probably with drugs, to cast away the pain of what was lost forever.
    The reality:
    But you and i, we live and die, the world still spinning round..
    And the existential question: we don't know why? Why? Why? Why?
    I guess only people who really know how to listen to music can undertand. It's not only about the lyrics, and not only about the music, it's a fine association, and champagne supernova is a great example of a song that makes you feel the same emotions trough both music and lyrics (even if some of them don't make much sense when you read them on a paper..)
    Well, this is my favourite song ever, it shakes me in my heart and in my soul, and it has never left me down for the past 15 years!... Yes, how many special people have changed ever since? Where were they while i was getting high with oasis?

    If you Love this song as much as i do, listen to oasis live in budokan, japan, it's a 10min version! 4min Mind blowing guitar solo!

  13. anonymous
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    May 7th 2011 !⃝

    The beauty of art is that the piece can mean anything to anyone. This song makes me reflect on the futility of love and the embracing of life itself. The phrase "champagne supernova in the sky" sounds beautiful to me -- the colors of champagne spilling through the sky in supernova fashion from the sun? Mmmm <3

  14. HHG
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    Aug 24th 2010 !⃝

    I belive that this song is about mental illness and being antisocial and missing out on life while all your friends are enjoying life.

    'How many special people change'

    About how when some people begin adolesence they loose touch with their old friends. Also, people who experience mental illness (e.g. depression, anxiety, paranioa, bipolar etc.) start to experience it shortly after they begin adolesence

    'How many lives are living strange'

    Could mean lots of things, like how heaps of people live in isolation or in unhappiness and are never really content with their life.

    'Where were you when we were getting high?'

    To me, this is the most powerful line in the song. It really hits home for me. It means that while someone's friends are out enjoying life, they're stuck at home because of their depression or anxiety or paranioa and because of this person's negativity and pesemism they're missing out on life.

    'Slowly walking down the hall
    Faster than a cannonball'

    Could be lacking motivation and not wanting to talk to old friends by walking past them 'faster than a cannonball'

    'Someday you will find me
    Caught beneath the landslide
    In A Champagne Supernova in the sky'

    I think this means that one day the person will find their friend enjoying life and realise that they need to forget everything and just enjoy life.

    Anyway, I love this song and I reckon that it has changed the lives of so many people. Oasis 4 lyfe :)

  15. mirffie
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    May 26th 2009 !⃝

    Thanks to Wikipedia and my need to interpret everything combined with boredom.
    Sorry its very long.

    " This writer, he was going on about the lyrics to "Champagne Supernova", and he actually said to me: ‘You know, the one thing that’s stopping it being a classic is the ridiculous lyrics.’ And I went: ‘What do you mean by that?’ And he said: ‘Well, Slowly walking down the hall, faster than a cannonball — what’s that mean?’ And I went: ‘I don’t fucking know. But are you telling me, when you’ve got 60,000 people singing it, they don’t know what it means? It means something different to every one of them.’ "

    So even though he meant nothing by it here is how I interpret it.

    "How many special people change"

    Special people (people we care about friends.)

    "How many lives are living strange"

    Living strange (possible not knowing the special people anymore living separate lives. Strangers.)

    "Where were you when we were getting high?"

    Getting high together being a social activity. Someone or people are missing from the socializing. "living strange"

    "Slowly walking down the hall"

    1. Lacking in promptness or willingness; not precipitate
    2. Lacking liveliness or interest; boring
    So walking through the hall with no interest to the people around.

    "Faster than a cannon ball"

    Could be the person just going quickly trying to avoid be anti social. Cannonballs are hard and cold objects perhaps reflecting the persons interference with society.

    "Some day you will find me
    Caught beneath the landslide
    In a champagne supernova in the sky"

    a. The downward sliding of a relatively dry mass of earth and rock.
    b. The mass that slides. Also called landslip.
    2. A great victory.

    Champagne Supernova:
    1. A martini glass full of champagne with cocaine on the rim, as salt would be on a Margarita. Very popular in the late 1980's an -90's.
    2. when you are drunk and high at the same time.
    3. A place of ecstasy you experience when feeling the effects of a drug (especially cocaine)
    4. a place where you can go when you are high.
    5. when you shoot the cork out of a champagne bottle and spray it everywhere.

    A massive star that undergoes a sudden, extreme increase in brightness across the electromagnetic spectrum, followed by a more gradual decrease lasting from several days to several months.

    Possible interpretations:

    1. He got struck with an extreme change.
    2. He has gotten completely addicted to drugs in a never ending high.
    Leaning towards 2 as the stronger one.

    "Wake up the dawn and ask her why
    A dreamer dreams she never dies"
    1. To begin to become light in the morning.
    2. To begin to appear or develop; emerge.
    3. To begin to be perceived or understood.
    (something that is inevitable there will always be a dawn, dawn might be a wise thing cause it has always been as far as we know. It has seen a lot.)

    Impatiently wanting to know, or really badly wanting to understand.

    "A dreamer dreams she never dies"
    she being dawn
    Dreamer wanting the dawn to always come the world to never end. The sun to always come again.

    "Wipe that tear away now from your eye"
    Not wanting who ever to be sad about how things are. Wanting them to see clearly.

    Could be a person losing touch with everyone and reality to his high and wanting people to except that is just how life is.

  16. anonymous
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    May 4th 2009 !⃝

    It's a weird one alright.

    It's probably one of those songs that can mean anything you want it to.

    But whenever I listen to that song I can't help but think it's a bit deeper.

    As a child Noel was often ill-treated by his father...
    I reckon it could be about his dad, and he's probably trying to hide it. "Where were you while we were getting high?" could mean while him and liam were growing up.

    The "Some day you will find me caught beneath the landslide in a champagne supernova in the sky" is like a big metaphor. Noel was pretty immortal at this time in his career, and I think was saying that his dad didn't have a chance to "find" him, now he was so rich and famous.

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