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January 1, 2004

I Long for the Day

I started writing this song for a bet in 1996. At the time I'd just had *another* band fall apart through no fault of mine and had move in with my then-girlfriend (now wife), Angie, quit my comfortable public service job and gone back to Uni to study journalism.

Angie asked me why I didn't just give up the whole music thing, and I explained that I couldn't. She wondered why, and I explained that it was just sort of in me and wouldn't go away (I'd tried before). She said if it was in me, I had better prove it - could I write something right now?

I started stuffing about with a Bluesy thing in A and had written the three verses by that night. The middle 8 took another couple of years (I'm still not happy with it - ideas, anyone?).

LONG FOR THE DAY Huge

A
I get up. I see my day unfolding before me.
E
I feel down when I think about a nine-to-five grind.
A
Well I don't need to feed my ego with money.
E
So I try to look around:

E+m7+m10
Try to find reason,
I'm waiting for the season,
E D A
I'll finally reap what I have sown.

Got a girl who thinks there's something special about me.
We get down and forget about the nine-to-five grind.
Got some friends who like a song to brighten the night-time.
So I sing the blues,
Playing my guitar,
Singing and old song,
Paying my dues.
E D C
And I long for the day when that's all I have to do.

[this part being re-written]
D
Don't work your life away
C
Make time for living, too
You're better off that way.

Don't waste your life away
Go out and get some, too
Come on, we're off to play,
D C
It's up to you, but I long for the day, when that's all I have to do.

Got a dream that some day I'll be somebody special.
I got a plan. I'm getting closer every day.
But it's hard trying to put the day job behind me,
So we all play along,
Laughing and writing,
Loving and fighting,
Singing our songs,
And I long for the day when that's all I have to do.

Intro/Chorus x 4

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Please note: This song is APRA registered: Work Id GW33369808; ISWC T-060669720-4. You can copy, reproduce and distribute any part of these lyrics and chords for any non-commercial purpose as long as you acknowledge its source. I'm interested in your feedback, comments, suggestions. If you make something good out of it, let me know and I'll consider adding it to the site.

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Posted by Hughie at January 1, 2004 10:31 AM
Comments

Hi,

Congrats on your blog and the introduction of copyleft to songwriting.

Posted by: Graham at January 5, 2004 2:58 PM

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