Where is the moment we needed the most?
You kick up the leaves, and the magic is lost
You tell me your blue sky's faded to gray
You tell me your passion's gone away
And I don't need no carrying on

You stand in the line just to hit a new low
You're faking a smile with the coffee to go
You tell me your life's been way off line
You fall into pieces every time
And I don't need no carrying on

Because you had a bad day
You're taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know
You tell me, "Don't lie"
You work at a smile, and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
The camera don't lie
You're coming back down, and you really don't mind
You had a bad day
You had a bad day

Will you need a blue sky holiday?
The point is they laugh at what you say
And I don't need no carrying on

You had a bad day
You're taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know
You tell me, "Don't lie"
You work at a smile, and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
The camera don't lie
You're coming back down and you really don't mind
You had a bad day

(Ooh, on a holiday)

Sometimes the system goes on the blink
And the whole thing, it turns out wrong
You might not make it back and you know
That you could be well, oh, that strong
And I'm not wrong (yeah, yeah)

So where was the passion when you need it the most?
Oh, you and I
You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost

'Cause you had a bad day
You're taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know
You tell me don't lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
You see what you like
And how does it feel one more time?
You had a bad day
You had a bad day

Ah, yeah
Had a bad day
Ah, ah, baby
Had a bad day
Ah, la-la-la
Had a bad day
Ah


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"Bad Day" as written by Daniel Powter

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  • +7
    General CommentI personally envision a completely different meaning to this song (having not seen the video, and been having some unpleasant experiences as of late).
    I see it as "I" (i.e. Powter) trying to convince someone ("you" in the song) who's having a rough time, and is basically depressed, to snap out of it - the "bad day" is symbolic of the whole period of depression. Trouble is, the one he's singing about isn't making it easy for him. She's in a vicious cycle of depression and refuses to even try and get out:
    "You stand in the line just to hit a new low
    You're faking a smile with the coffee you go
    You tell me your life's been way off line"

    And the guy's starting to get weary from it:
    "You're falling to pieces everytime
    And I don't need no carryin' on "

    'cause however much he tries to convince her of her worth, she denies it and remains firmly depressed:
    "You say you don't know
    You tell me don't lie "

    But he keeps trying because he knows that one day he'll break through to her:
    "You might not make it back and you know
    That you could be well all that strong
    And I'm not wrong"

    Okay, so not all the lyrics fit, but on the most part this is how I see things. Like I said, I've been through this experience later and this song's been quite comforting...
    ThatKidSteveon August 09, 2005   Link
  • +6
    General CommentJust a great song. I agree with the previous explaination. See the video. Its just great. Even if things are so shitty and there is no-one who can hold you, Its only a day ! It'll come around...When you least expect it and in the strangest way someone will pick you up and love you.....

    Id like to dedicate this song to Katrina who is the greatest person on the planet. Babe, its terrible we cant be together.. I had a bad day...But we'll be okay......
    Nashopianon May 19, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentHey Guys, first post.

    I have a completely different translation to this song, but I usually translate songs as they pertain to my life (kinda selfish aint it :)

    I hear this song as someone singing to their (bad) girl/boyfriend. Basically someone who constantly does things to hurt or push away their significant other. Each time, trying to make up so that aren't left alone.

    "Ya kick up the leaves and the magic is lost" - You treat me wrong again and the magic is lost"

    "Stand in the line just to hit a new low" - You go to great lengths just to do something terrible to me again

    "You're fakin a smile with the coffee to go" - You try to act like you are happy with your life by acting like everyone else. (That one takes more explanation, but I will spare you)

    "You had a bad day" - The excuse is always that you are having a bad day

    "You sing a sad song just to turn it around" - You make me feel sorry for you so I feel like it;s my fault.

    "You work at a smile then you go for a ride" - You get me to forgive you and smile, then you just do it again.

    "You're comin back down and you really don't mind" - You are going back to doing the same thing and you don't care.

    "The point is they laugh at what ya say" - Everyone knows what you are really doing to me.

    "You know that you could be oh that strong" - You know you could change.

    "Where is the passion when we need it the most? You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost" - Self explanatory to the above.
    Cynical>Sainton October 11, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentcrispwarne i dissagree the rest of the album is quite good and i think that jimmy gets high is better then bad day allthough bad day is a champion of a song
    fallatmyfeetdannypon October 29, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI really liked this song! It's beautiful and i like the video to it as well! The lyrics are really meaningful! xxx
    xXx princess xXxon December 11, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is great.. I easily get all down on myself from day to day.. and Iheard this on the radio.. and I just like how it sounds. I normally don't listen to this kinda music, really.. but, this song just appeals to me. I realy like it alot.

    As for meaning, I think I'd have to agree with Cynical>Saint about how it's about this guy that is almost treated like crap.. but he doesn't see it that way.. He just see's it as she's just a little upset about work or something like that and shrugs it off.. Kind of harsh or w/e, but it's kind of how I interpret it.

    I also like the idea that I get from the video, about how he's trying to get her to see a positive light sometime. She's always doing the negitive and he tries to make it better. It's really sweet... which I had a guy like that :(
    lol..
    mykonstantineon December 22, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me this song sounds more like it’s about the artist and her works, then romance of any kind. The reference to “they” may have meant the artworks, Artworks can always show the change in thought or life style of their creator. It all really sounds like a gallery opening or something, and the artist isn’t quite happy with her works for that day, and because of stress this could make it worse.

    “Cause you had a bad day, you’re taking one down” –could be referring to a picture the artist created

    “You say you don’t know, you tell me don’t lie” –Asking for the honest opinion on what they had created.

    “So where is the passion when you need it the most, you kick up the leave and the magic is lost” –The inspiration that they wanted was never realised.

    “Well you need a blue sky holiday, the point is they laugh at what you say” –Asking for time off, the higher person saying no.
    FrozenPeaninjaon January 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti'm not really into this song...
    it reminds me of like going to buy tickets for a game or concert and they were already sold out and you were standing there while a thunderstorm was passing by and your car wouldn't start for HOURS...
    it's just not my type of song
    craZb0uthimon May 29, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCatchy song. Always makes me smile. Is he a one-hit wonder. I'm not familiar w/ the artist.
    fatuglyandunapologeticon January 15, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningBad Day

    Daniel Powter has written a song that’s called Bad day. It’s a song that uses anaphors almost in every stanza, the word you is repeated throughout the whole chorus and the word they is repeated twice in the beginning.

    I think that the song could be about two things, either someone having a bad day or someone who has a drug addiction.There is a key phrase if you want to find out to what you belive the song is about. That is the phrase “you’re faking a smile with the coffee to go”

    If you view it as he just has a bad day, you think that well the coffee is just a metaphor for a day when you are tired and don’t have the will to do anything.

    However if you think that the song is about a drug addiction you think that he means that the character fakes a smile and continues with coffee as a motor, so he becomes an addict to coffee and if he doesn’t have it he will become angry and his body will start to protest.
    You could even substitute the word coffee with a drug of your taste and the song takes an interesting twist.

    You can also look at other phrases to strengthen the theory, for example:
    “well you need a blue sky holiday” could mean that he means that the character needs a completely drug-free holiday. Or just that he needs a holiday where the sky is blue.

    I feel like the song is told from a friend’s perspective, because he talks directly to the person and the nearly whole chorus is just anaphors that start with the word you.

    I think that the narrator is someone who had been close to the character “you”, because he says “they tell me your blue skies fade to gray” and “and I don’t need no carrying on”.

    With those two phrases he explains that he did know the character when he was more happy and that he doesn’t want to continue to be with the person now that he is more sad. The setting of the song is kind of dark and the accords are played in a pretty melancholic way, except in the bridge were the accords are more bright and the drums are turned up a little bit.

    The title is quite obvious and sums up pretty much the whole song in it. There is a little bit of metaphors when he sings “your life’s been way off line” “you’re falling to pieces every time” the character isn’t really falling to pieces or his life isn’t literally off line but the singer is describing how the character is feeling.

    Powter works with rhymes throughout the whole song and uses them to make the listener feel the rhythm of the song that is a mixture of 6,7 and 8 beats.

    I think that he is trying to describe a bad day and that everyone has one sometime. Before i started this analyzation I hadn’t really thought about the lyrics, but now I can see that the song is quite a depressing one. It doesn’t have any positive phrase and after you have listened to it you become quite aware of how sad the life of this person is, and that many people live their life all sad and passionless. It makes you think about that you need to appreciate your life because like internet memes throughout the year has taught us you only life once.
    Thelorreon October 03, 2013   Link

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