"One Day" as written by and Willie Dixon....
I know I said it,
Many times before
I've always said that some day I'd leave,
And never come back no more.

Maybe one day,
I have the strength to leave.
I know you told all your friends.
What a fool, he'll always be.

But as soon as I try,
Something takes a hold of me inside.
Yes, it does.
Oh baby!

(Gamble)

I'm not trying to threaten you baby,
That's not something I would do.
But maybe the thought of losing me,
Should show you I'm your fool.

Maybe one day,
I have the strength to leave.
I know you told all your friends.
What a fool, he'll always be.

But as soon as I try,
Something takes a hold of me inside.
Yes, it does.
Oh baby!

(Gamble)

I've been a fool!


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"One Day" as written by Willie Dixon

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    General Comment“One Day” by RJD2
    Sex? No
    Drugs? Addiction…to a person!
    Rock and Roll? No, this is what I like to call “background music”. Electronic Smooth Jazz
    What it tells me: Smooth jazz doesn't suck if you make it soulful, bluesy, modern, urban, and moody
    What it reminds me of: “The Thrill Is Gone” by B.B. King; the color gray; street corner hip-hop musicians in dark suits and fedoras shouting “gamble!”; rain
    The build up before the song wasn’t necessary; I think it would’ve sounded better if the vocals came immediately. The B.B. King like guitar strumming and jazzy piano are nice, but the inevitable fault of the song is that it starts off rather corny. You don’t realize the beauty of the layers until much later, but at first you're confused and feeling like your CD is over and you ended up on a smooth jazz station on FM radio. The voice gets more soulful as it repeats the word “I’ll”, but otherwise the song sounds kind of standard in structure for a jazz song, you know, a genre defined by its improvisation. I’m not knocking the voice though, it’s very pretty and sounds hurt, but would’ve gained more from the suffering if it was used properly. This is a manly sounding woman that could easily be a group of teenage boys singing high notes, which adds to the universality of the song. The echo effect is really well-used, it isn’t overly put to use. At around 1:08, after the words “as soon as I try, something takes over me inside”, a funky drum beat comes in and makes the beat more tribal. Weirder sounds that recall UFO landings come in later that make you feel like you're floating through space, powerless on a journey through the universe. The lyrics are your average “I can’t quit you though you ain't no good to me” fare, but everything really comes into place at 3:18 with some spacey music that leads up to “I’ve been a fool”, the theme of the song, being pronounced in a heartbreaking manner. It’s an epiphany that the narrator’s been denying the whole song until then, and what’s worse is that it doesn't sound like, even though the narrator realizes he/she is a fool, that he/she will leave their lover and take their own advice. The electronic blips that cover the word “fool” show doubt that this realization of being wrong will be expressed. More likely it will stay hidden and the narrator will go on suffering and denying. In the end it’s worth the wait, as the whole three minutes 18 seconds prior have been leading up to this moment where teardrops are safe to fall only because they will be downplayed later.
    Music, lyrics, or feel?: Music. The feel would have been entirely different and probably not as good if there were no yearning B.B. King like jazz guitar or that funky build-up. These lyrics are replaceable and depend on the feel, not the other way around. The words are the least important part of the song. Other than that they particularly provide the singer to let out their feelings, for me at least there are different words which elicit those same feelings. Though “I’ve been a fool” is something we can all relate to, it wouldn’t sound as nice if the music hadn’t been done properly.
    Quoteables:
    “I’ve been a fool”
    It’s heartbreaking to have a thought like this and actually believe it. I mean, we don’t want to regret our past, but we have to realize our mistakes. It’s sad when judgments you’ve based a large part of your life on turn out to be false, but it can only help you grow if correct these mistakes. It’s even sadder when someone knows what they do is wrong but feels compelled to do it anyway.
    Shep420on May 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNice analysis Shep420, although the singer sounds like a regular man to rather than a "manly sounding woman". The sound from 3:18 is excellent and wished it was played for longer as it too quickly fades to another sound.
    colemanon February 08, 2008   Link

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