Mark McGrath looks for his girlfriend to redeem him in the sullen “Every Morning.”
A sulky guitar opens the single, setting a morose tone. He doesn’t know how she handles being with him. She’s a saint for putting up with his broodiness and sometimes immature behavior. He must’ve blown her off because she’s glaring at him. It guts him. He’s had so much relationship failures. However, with her it hurts more. It makes him think of cheating just to prove something to himself. (“Every morning there's a halo hangin'/From the corner of my girlfriend's four-post bed/I know it's not mine, but I'll see if I can use it/For the weekend or a one-night stand/Couldn't understand how to work it out/Once again, as predicted/Left my broken heart open/And you ripped it out.”)
In the pre-chorus, he simply wants to hold her and sleep with her. Maybe they will be close again. (“Something's got me reeling/Stopped me from believing/Turn me around again/Said that we can do it/You know I wanna do it again.”)
In the chorus, he says she keeps him honest. She’ll call him out if he’s not acting like a good boyfriend. Everything horrible he has ever done was for a reason, leading him to having her in his life. (“Every morning/Every morning when I wake up
(Shut the door, baby, don't say a word)/She always rights the wrongs/She always rights, she always rights (Shut the door, baby, shut the door, baby.”)
He feels as though he’s taking advantage. She says cares about him. But he knows she deserves better. (“Every morning there's a heartache hangin'/From the corner of my girlfriend's four-post bed/I know it's not mine, and I know she thinks she loves me/But I never can believe what she said.”)
In the pre-chorus, he really wants to try but he thinks their relationship has run its course. (“Something so deceiving/When you stop believing/Turn me around again/Said we couldn't do it/You know I wanna do it again.”)
The chorus is sung again.
In the bridge, he doesn’t like their relationship reaching its end. (“She always rights the wrongs for me, baby/She always rights the wrongs for me.”)
The first verse, now extended, is sung again. (“Every morning there's a halo hangin'… For the weekend or a one-night stand (Shut the door, baby, don't say a word.”)
An extended chorus is sung to end the single. (“Every morning/Every morning when I wake up (Shut the door, baby, shut the door, baby)/Every morning (Turn me around again)/Every morning (Shut the door, baby, don't say a word)/Every morning (Do it again)/Every morning when I wake up/Every morning (Shut the door, baby, shut the door, baby)/Every morning when I wake up.”)
McGrath idealizes the relationship and closes his eyes to the reality of it. He has her on a pedestal and is shocked when she falls of it.
In the cheerless “Every Morning” its clear something is wrong and it’s not just about the relationship.