The theme that Helen Vahdati picked out for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday is “days.” The first song that came to mind for me was the Jackson Browne song, “These Days.”
Yes, I know that my last week’s pick for this prompt was another Jackson Browne song, “Doctor My Eyes.” What can I say? I am a Jackson Browne fan and Helen keeps picking themes that match his songs.
Anyway, “These Days” was written by Jackson Browne when he was only 16. It’s a simple, sad, and profound song that deals with loss and regret.
Even though Browne wrote it, he wasn’t the first to record it. It was first recorded by German model and singer, Nico, for release on her October 1967 album Chelsea Girl.
It wasn’t until Jackson Browne released his second album, For Everyman, in 1973, that he recorded his song. And even then, he used an arrangement that he credited to Gregg Allman that Allman included on his 1973 solo album, Laid Back.
Here are the lyrics to Jackson Browne’s “These Days.”
Well I’ve been out walking
I don’t do that much talking these days
These days I seem to think a lot
About the things that I forgot to do
And all the times I had the chance to
And I had a lover
It’s so hard to risk another these days
Now if I seem to be afraid
To live the life I have made in song
Well it’s just that I’ve been losing so long
I’ll keep on moving
Things are bound to be improving these days
These days I sit on corner stones
And count the time in quarter tones to ten, my friend
Don’t confront me with my failures
I had not forgotten them