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Shampain
Shampain single artwork
Released October 11, 2010
Length 3:11
Label 679 Recordings, Atlantic Records
Producer Liam Howe, Pascal Gabriel
Marina and the Diamonds chronology
The Family Jewels track listing
"Shampain" is track number 2.
Previous track
"Are You Satisfied?"
Next track
"I Am Not a Robot"
"Shampain" (registered as "Sham Pain") is a song by Welsh singer-songwritter Marina and the Diamonds. The song was written by Marina Diamandis, Liam Howe and Pascal Gabriel, and produced by Howe and Gabriel. It's the second song and sixth single from her first studio album The Family Jewels.

BackgroundEdit

When asked what "Shampain" was about and the production behind the song, Diamandis said:

"['Shampain' is about] the depressing side of getting drunk, the obliteration side of having a good time. This was actually the first co-write that I ever did... It was good to write a simpler pop song because when I write on my own the melodies are all over the place. It was good to do something a little bit lighter, and this probably is my lightest track on a record. It's about insomnia and the joys of champagne."[1]

On co-writing, she added: "I hate [co-writing] so I do it because it's so challenging for me. As soon as I do it I am really pleased that I have. I've had the pleasure of working with three great people... "Shampain" was written with Liam Howe, Pascal Gabriel and we had a lot of fun doing it."

"Shampain" was released as the sixth and final single from The Family Jewels on October 11, 2010 only in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Use in television Edit

"Shampain" was used in an episode of the BBC Switch teen soap opera The Cut in December 2009. The song had the working title of "The Shampain Sleeper" in 2009.

Music video Edit

Music Video Information
MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS "SHAMPAIN"-003:24

MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS "SHAMPAIN"-0

Premiere September 6, 2010
Filmed August 24, 2010
Director Kim Gehri
Producer TBA
Production co TBA
Exec. producer TBA
Editor TBA
Choreographer TBA
Length 3:23
Source

Background Edit

The video was directed by Kim Gehri and shot in a park from London in August 24, 2010.

Behind the Scenes Edit

Official versions Edit

  • Album version — 3:11
  • Instrumental version — 3:11
  • Album Sampler version (also known as "Sham Pain" or "The Shampain Sleeper") — 3:13

LyricsEdit

  Verse 1.  

Lay dagger dead inside a lonely bed,
Trying to hide the hole inside my head,
Watching the stars slide down to reach the end,
The sleep is not my friend.

  Pre-chorus.  


Drinking champagne to forget yesterday,
Coz I remember, the way, the way, the way,
It ended the day, the day, the day, the day,
That I walked away, away, away, away.

  Chorus.  


Drinking champagne, made by the angel,
Who goes by the name of Glittering Gabriel,
Drinking champagne made of an angel's,
Tears and pain, but I feel celestial.

  Verse 2.  


Elderly stars slide down the morning sky,
Slipping away to find a place to die,
I wonder when the night will reach its end,
The sleep is not my friend.

  Pre-chorus.  


Drinking champagne, meant for a wedding,
Toast to the bride, a fairytale ending,
Drinking champagne, a bottle to myself,
Savor the taste of fabricated wealth.

  Chorus.  


Drinking champagne, made by the angel,
Who goes by the name of Glittering Gabriel,
Drinking champagne made of an angel's,
Tears and pain, but I feel celestial.

  Middle eight.  


Celestial,
Celestial,
Celestial,
Celestial.

  Chorus.  


Drinking champagne, made by the angel,
Who goes by the name of Glittering Gabriel,
Drinking champagne made of an angel's,
Tears and pain, but I feel celestial.

Drinking champagne, made by the angel,
Who goes by the name of Glittering Gabriel,
Drinking champagne made of an angel's,
Tears and pain, but I feel celestial.

CreditsEdit

Personnel
  • Marina Diamandis — Piano, Songwritting, Vocals
  • Ash Howes — Additional keys, Additional production, Additional programming, Mixing
  • Dougal Lott — Assistant engineer
  • Liam Howe — Additional piano, Bass, Electric guitar, Production, Programming, Songwritting, Synths
  • Pascal Gabriel — Production, Programming, Songwritting
  • Richard Stannard — Additional keys, Additional production, Aditional programming, Mixing
  • Richard Wikinson — Engineering
  • Steve Durham — Drums

Technical

  • Published by Warner Chappell and Sony ATV
  • Recorded at Biffco Studios (Brighton), The Ivory Tower, Konk Studios (London)

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/marina-and-the-diamonds/id360980220
  2. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/shampain-ep/id400326188

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