We can never know about the days to come
But we think about them anyway
And I wonder if I'm really with you now
Or just chasin' after some finer day

Anticipation, anticipation
Is makin' me late
Is keepin' me waitin'

And I tell you how easy it feels to be with you
And how right your arms feel around me
But I, I rehearsed those words just late last night
When I was thinkin' about how right tonight might be

Anticipation, anticipation
Is makin' me late
Is keepin' me waitin'

And tomorrow we might not be together
I'm no prophet and I don't know nature's ways
So I'll try and see into your eyes right now
And stay right here 'cause these are the good old days

(These are the good old days)
And stay right here 'cause these are the good old days
(These are the good old days)
(These are the good old days)
(These are the good old days)
(These are the good old days)


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    General Comment

    amazing song! i think it's about waiting for the right person to enter to your life and how when that person does enter everything is in order and feels absouletly perfect. its basically about searching for that person and dreaming of the days spent together

    crazyeyeskillaon April 17, 2005   Link
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    General Comment

    Correct it was written while she waited for Cat Stevens before a date planned. Says she wrote it in 20 minutes. Although not critically acclaimed to me it was one of the best songs of the 1970's . Her voice makes me happy. The words have so much beauty and hope.

    wayne11701on December 12, 2016   Link
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    General Comment

    This song is obviously about the long wait for the ketchup to finally emerge from the bottle. It was only a playful joke when Carly claimed she wrote it about having to wait for Cat Stevens to show up for a date. Who would want to date Cat Stevens?!?

    ssejhillon June 07, 2022   Link
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    General Comment

    Yes, one of my all time favourites from Carly Simon.

    Did you know that Heinz co-opted this song in the 1970s and used it in a ketchup commercial? Brutal!

    wild_thaingon March 21, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    Carly said she wrote this song about Cat Stevens, how cool is that. i had no idea they dated, they would've made a good couple.

    Librangirlon July 09, 2007   Link
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    My Interpretation

    There is an obvious anticipation of things to come (the creation of a good old day event) but having to wait for 'it' to arrive. I read into these lyrics a very wise and thought-out message - almost cryptic - that suggests we might treasure every moment because one never knows when it might come to a very abrupt end with another person (whom you obviously love) and for no other reason than it's just the way nature works. To me, the opening line indicates the entire message within the song's lyrics: "We can never know about the days to come." The middle message is the anticipation of what it might be like while with, or on, the 'date' (a date through life?) But the last verse, to me, gives it away. The words "not (being) a prophet" and able to predict when, and "nature's way", suggests to me a kind of cruelty (perhaps Carly might have chosen a different reference but she is specific) as we know that nature, in the end, is quite cruel and ends life with those we love, sometimes tragically. So each day that goes by is in fact 'a good old day' and she sings about treating it as such in your mind. It's interesting that the songs ends with that line and not with a direct reference to the actual title of the song. For me, this song sums up life completely and especially so if you loose a love through nature's way. It is one fabulous song and I have stopped what I'm doing on many, many occasions just so I can listen to it play on the radio.

    russellmorganon January 08, 2020   Link

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