"Day Is Done" as written by and Nick Drake....
When the day is done
Down to earth then sinks the sun
Along with everything that was lost and won
When the day is done

When the day is done
Hope so much your race will be all run
Then you find you jumped the gun
Have to go back where you begun

When the day is done, when the night is cold
Some get by but some get old
Just to show life's not made of gold
When the night is cold

When the bird has flown
Got no-one to call your own
No place to call your home
Now the bird has flown

When the game's been fought
Newspaper blown across the court
Lost much sooner than you would have thought
Now the game's been fought

When the party's through
Seems so very sad for you
Didn't do the things you meant to do
Now there's no time to start anew
Now the party's through

When the day is done
Down to earth then sinks the sun
Along with everything that was lost and won
When the day is done

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"Day is Done" as written by Nick Drake


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  • +8
    General CommentThis song is definately not a pick up song for me. It's more like a gentle slap in the face. It's about life stripped of any romantic notions, and how inconsequential most of our every day dealings are. Very sad but ultimately important to be aware of, I think.
    bladeton May 03, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song reminds me of a quote from Viktor Frankl in his book Man's Search for Meaning. He says to, "Live as if you were living for the second time and had acted as wrongly the first time as you are about to act now." To me this song is saying we only get one shot at this thing so we better focus on the things that really matter and live vigorously and responsibly.
    cbmusicfanon September 30, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI just found an alternate version of this song. It has most of the original verses but the bird has flown verse is replaced by this:

    When the night is cold
    weren't you ever told
    it's the time when fear is bought and sold
    when the night is cold

    After the party verse there are two additional verses:

    When they've sung this song
    maybe you won't feel quite so strong
    you're hopes won't last quite so long
    when they've sung this song

    When they've sung this song
    won't be so sure what's right what's wrong
    not so sure where you belong
    when they've sung this song

    This version is on an album called Second Grace. I don't know if you can buy it anywhere, but it's available to download right here:…
    bladeton May 13, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAfter closely listening to my two versions, I am almost certain that the line "You sped the ball across the court" should be "Newspaper blown across the court". It makes more sense, as speeding a ball across the court doesn't provide the same dark image as a newspaper blowing through a deserted court...
    happybecauseon January 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song makes me think of how much time we waste just trying and failing and how we let time slip by so carelessly without thinking of the things we let slide.
    suclid003on May 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI am also convinced that it is "Newspaper blown across the court". In addition to that I think it's "When the *part is* through" not "party's through". But I could be wrong. Really a beautiful song btw.
    turn_the_tape_offon March 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about the utter meaninglessness of life, how none of your accomplishments have any ultimate purpose and how everyone will forget you when you die. It's almost as despairing as most of the tracks on Pink Moon.
    muldrakeon September 03, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSeriously nobody commented on this masterpiece? It means so much to me this song. Ultimate pick me up.
    Time For Heroeson October 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAm I the only person who listens to this song and gets reminded of Hotel California? Very great song.
    HughLloydon March 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhile some of Nick Drakes songs are a bit more optimistic than others. This isn't one of them and I wouldn't call it a pick me up song. It's basically about disappointment.
    bakismakion April 28, 2006   Link

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