OVERDOSING ON COVER VERSIONS (6)

This was played at a funeral I attended just before Christmas.

It’s a song that was chosen by a good friend of mine as the final piece of music as he said goodbye to someone who had been by his side for 49 years since their first date. He and his wife had both been fans of The Kinks back in the day. It was a wonderful way to get across their love for one another and, as often happens with music at funerals, it choked me up:-

mp3 : The Kinks – Days

And yes, the early pressings of this #12 hit from 1968 did appear as Day’s, a grammatical error on the part of someone at Pye Records which must have infuriated Ray Davies.

Twenty-one years later, Kirsty MacColl recorded the songs and released it as single. Strange as it may seem, it too reached #12 in the charts:-

mp3 : Kirsty MacColl – Days

A little bit of research threw up that a few other folk have had a go at the song over the years:-

mp3 : Elvis Costello – Days
(as featured on the soundtrack to the movie Until The End Of The World, released in 1991)

mp3 : Petula Clark – Days
(released in 1968, just a matter of months after the original)

mp3 : Luke Kelly – Days
(not sure of the actual release date of this, from the late lead singer of The Dubliners; it’s proof however, that this is a superb folk as well as pop song)

Enjoy.

2 thoughts on “OVERDOSING ON COVER VERSIONS (6)

  1. I also get choked up when I hear ‘Days’. It was a pop song about a relationship rather than someone passing, but it still comes across as really sad. I like all the cover versions, especially Kirsty MacColl’s, but there’s something about the Kinks’ original that sounds sort of…brave, I guess is the word I’m looking for. Interesting that the music is pretty upbeat; there’s only one minor chord (D minor, on the ‘tomorrow’ and ‘sorrow’ couplet). I always loved this tune.

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