The song was written in July 1970 by the band's keyboardist Ken Hensley and lead singer, David Byron. Approximately the last four minutes of the piece consist of a virtuosic organ solo. The odd sounding calliope riffs are played by Manfred Mann who, according to the album's liner notes, "appears for the first time with his Moog synthesizer". The song also was released as a single from Uriah Heep's first live album Uriah Heep Live.
"July Morning" was first released on the Look at Yourself album and as a single in Japan and Venezuela.
There I was on a July morning Looking for love With the strength Of a new day dawning And the beautiful sun
At the sound Of the first bird singing I was leaving for home With the storm And the night behind me And a road of my own
With the day came the resolution I'll be looking for you La la la la
I was looking for love In the strangest places Wasn't a stone That I left unturned Must have tried more Than a thousand faces But not one was aware Of the fire that burned
In my heart, in my mind, in my soul La la la la
There I was on a July morning I was looking for love With the strength Of a new day dawning And the beautiful sun
And at the sound Of the first bird singing I was leaving for home With the storm And the night behind me Yeah, and a road of my own
Songwriters: David Garrick / Ken Hensley July Morning lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC