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I've been out walking
I don't do that much talking these days
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
I don't think I'd risk another these days
These days
Now if I seem to be afraid
To live the life that I have made in song
It's just that I've been losing so long

Well I'll keep on moving, moving on
Things are bound to be improving
These days
One of these days

These days I'll sit on cornerstones
And count the time in quarter tones to 10
My friend
Don't confront me with my failures
I had not forgotten them



Lyrics submitted by TaffyNCK, edited by hnavarro, Reba, mdznr

"These Days" as written by Jackson Browne

Lyrics © Jackson Browne/Swallow Turn Music/Night Kitchen Music/Open Window Music, Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +4
    General Comment:This has been one my favorite Nico songs since I first started listening to her epic voice croon some years ago. She was truly one of a kind. To me this song is about giving up and feeling as though you have failed so much in life...how could you bare to go on and interact with others..it's about the fear of pain that she had become so familiar with.

    "Please don't confront me with my failures
    I have not forgotten them " <3
    Italion November 30, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:"And if I seem to be afraid to live the life that I have made and sob
    Its just that I've been losing so long"

    thats my life in a nutshell lately... i love this song and the royal tenenbaums.

    check out elliot smith and also the velvet underground... both are awesome.
    asher27on February 04, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:Most of you are wrong, Jackson Browne wrote this alone when he was sixteen, and released it on his first album, before he and Nico had collaborated. If you listen closely to the lyrics, it's an introspective poem about a kid who's life doesn't seem to be going the right way.

    "These days I tend to think a lot about the things that i forgot to do... and all the times I had the chance to."

    "don't confront me with my failures"
    Brucella425on October 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:This song to me, is this person telling someone they havnt seen in along time, and telling them how they've changed and not to bring up the past, and ya I found this song from the Royal Tenenbaums too ^^ I can relate alot with this song
    Wonderboyon July 28, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I love this song.. I will always think about Gwenyth getting off the bus in slow motion, when i hear this song. That was a great scene.
    ReneaAlbyon August 29, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:This is actually a Jackson Browne song, but ya know whatever.

    I first heard it in the Royal Tenenbaums movie too, and that soundtrack is by for one of the best soundtracks ever.
    stellaluna1125on April 07, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:good song, great movie...really let's you feel the connection ritchie has with margot, wes anderson puts scenes and songs together beautifully, if you get a chance check out elliot smith "needle in the hay" it's from the suicide scene. elliot puts out a lot of good music, check out "between the bars" too while your at it
    Luvlie53on June 13, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Who hasn't felt this way? My favorite part is the very last "Please don't confront me with my failures, I've not forgotten them"
    sweetadelineon May 30, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:"these days" was on jackson browne's album "for everyman", released in 1973. "these days" was originally released on nico's "chelsea girl" album in 1968.

    paul morrissey arranged for nico to sing in a small bar underneath the dom called stanley's. after a few weeks of nico singing alone unknown folk singer tim buckley was hired to accompany her. later he was replaced with an unknown jackson browne who morrissey discovered sitting at the bar - jackson browne having come there to hear tim buckley. browne ended up writing some of the tracks on nico's first solo album, chelsea girl as well as performing on it. jackson browne then lived with nico for a bit.
    cadygirlon March 28, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Well Jackson Browne wrote it but Nico's version was the original.
    It's a great song about someone relaxing in life and learning to not take slow down.
    DebbieNxCon April 06, 2007   Link

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