D'You Know What I Mean? (7:42)

Cover of Be Here Now

From Be Here Now and 22 other releases

D’You Know What I Mean? is a song by the English rock band Oasis. Written by Noel Gallagher, it was released as the first single from their third album Be Here Now (1997). It reached number one in the UK Singles Chart, the third Oasis song to do so. It sold 162,000 copies in its first day in the shops and 370,000 by the end of the first week. It is Oasis’s 2nd biggest selling single in the UK with sales of 720,000 achieving platinum status in the process. It was the 12th biggest selling single of 1997 in the UK. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 77 on its list “150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years”

In a 1997 interview promoting Be Here Now, Noel Gallagher had the following to say about the first single: “I was going to make up some profound statement in the chorus but I couldn’t come up with anything that fitted. Then I just thought “All my people right here, right now. D’You Know What I Mean? Yeah, Yeah” Very vague, very ambiguous, that’ll do. Look in the mirror and wink while you’re singing it and it’s quite saucy. And I fucking love that line, ‘Coming in a mess, going out in style’. We were a bunch of scruffs from Manchester and we’re going out in a Rolls Royce.”

In another 1997 interview, this time on BBC, Noel Gallagher said: “I can’t believe I wrote it, it’s going to blow people away.”

“The morse code in the background was inspired by Strawberry Fields. We got hold of a code book and tried to tap out ‘Bugger All’ to follow that line ‘Don’t look back cos you know what you might see’. But if anyone can tell me what we really said, please let me know. Profound lagerisms…”

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  • FoWhomBellTolls

    Absolutely love this song

    7 May 4:03pm Reply
  • trashcity_

    The take from the Gmex '97 gig is fucking massive

    19 Jan 11:26pm Reply
  • blazkoo2

    Their best track.

    7 Jul 2014 Reply
  • benmalmesbury

    The ludicrous overblown video (it's like they set out to re-make Full Metal Jacket in an afternoon) actually detracts from what is a real stormer of a tune.

    11 Apr 2014 Reply
  • S4EEDR3ZA

    fookin mad fer it man, but itz tooo fookin long. d'yaknowwarramean?

    5 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Plinth

    Noel's backwards vocals and guitar wankery make it though. Fuck yeh.

    3 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Plinth

    Oasis's most shoegaze song, I just wish it had that messy heavy My Bloody Valentine guitar sound, bit clean for my liking.

    3 Feb 2014 Reply
  • kjais

    So badass, but you can feel the pretentiousness the whole way through

    31 Jan 2014 Reply
  • WarriorJones

    10/10 would listen to again and again and again and again and again and...

    3 Jan 2014 Reply
  • kenhomme

    Compulsion to swagger.

    8 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Rob_209

    6:36 of musical heaven, sit back, turn it up & enjoy. D'You Know What I Mean? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXfPMWU4gGc

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • IndefiniteCure

    It's more than like Wonderwall, the verses are on the exact same chord progression

    23 Apr 2013 Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    Epic song!

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • anton2492

    It's so loud that up until now I always heard "all my people RIDING right now". Gives off a sinister imagery haha

    17 Dec 2012 Reply
  • benmalmesbury

    Super

    5 Dec 2012 Reply
  • akauser

    One of the best Oasis songs ever [2] and one of the best songs ever. The Finsbury Park live versions of this songs are amazing!

    12 Oct 2012 Reply
  • PFGrifter

    my favorite drunk song

    28 Sep 2012 Reply
  • WeilandEsDios

    pure arrogance!

    24 Sep 2012 Reply
  • dangs12

    @M-Car perfect description, I totally know what you mean

    13 Sep 2012 Reply
  • M-Car

    Insane song: it's like Wonderwall, but on on steroids. Loud, overdone, never-ending: nearly eight minutes of epicness and music nirvana. D'you know what i mean?

    23 Aug 2012 Reply
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