That Day Is Done

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I feel such sorrow, I feel such shame
I know I won’t arrive on time
Before whatever out there is gone
What can I do, that day is done

It’s just a promise that I made
I said I’d walk in her parade
Hot scalding tears I thought would flow
Still in my heart they’ll never show

That day is done
That day is done
You know where I’ve gone
I won’t be coming back
That day is done

Well I recall the time and place
Where they announced her precious face
I thought at once my heart would burst
Still every time is like the first

There was applause as she stepped up
I wished that I could interrupt
I made no sign, I made no sound
I know I must stay underground

That day is done
That day is done
You know where I’ve gone
I won’t be coming back
That day is done

That’s why she walks, or so they say
She always knew just what I needed
But if she would just look my way
One time before they proceed

She sprinkles flowers in the dirt
That’s when a thrill becomes a hurt
I know I’ll never see her face
She walks away from my resting place

That day is done
That day is done
You know where I’ve gone
I won’t be coming back
That day is done

You know where I’ve gone
I won’t be coming back
That day is done
That day is done
That day is done

That Day Is Done
Written byPaul McCartney & Declan MacManus
Performed byThe Fairfield Four featuring Elvis Costello
Produced byMark Prentice & Lee Olsen
MusiciansElvis Costello - lead vocal
Joseph Rice - vocal
James Hill - baritone vocal
Wilson Waters - tenor vocal
Isaac Freeman - bass vocal
Robert Hamlett - vocal
Larry Knechtel - piano
RecordedFebruary 1996, The Loft, Nashville
ReleasedSeptember 9, 1997
AlbumsThe Fairfield Four - I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray, 1997
All This Useless Beauty (Rhino reissue), 2001
CollectionsThe Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999
PromosSelections From My Aim Is True, Spike, And All This Useless Beauty, 2001
Length5:08

First known performance:
November 5, 1987, Atlanta, GA
Last known performance:
February 23, 2017, Gothenburg, Sweden
     (55 known performances)


Alternate versions

That Day Is Done (Live 1997)
Performed byThe Fairfield Four with Elvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - lead vocal
Joseph Rice - vocal
James Hill - baritone vocal
Wilson Waters - tenor vocal
Isaac Freeman - bass vocal
Robert Hamlett - vocal
Larry Knechtel - piano
RecordedOctober 1, 1997, Nashville, TN
ReleasedMay 16, 2000
AlbumsThe Fairfield Four & Friends - Live From Mountain Stage, 2000
PromosLive From Mountain Stage 2000 Sampler, 2000
Length5:20

That Day Is Done (Original Demo)
Performed byPaul McCartney & Elvis Costello
Produced byPaul McCartney
RecordedOctober 23, 1987, Hog Hill Mill, East Sussex, England
ReleasedMarch 24, 2017
AlbumsPaul McCartney: Flowers In The Dirt (reissue), 2017
Length4:16

Paul McCartney versions

That Day Is Done (1988 Demo)
Performed byPaul McCartney
Produced byPaul McCartney & Elvis Costello
MusiciansPaul McCartney - lead vocal, bass guitar, percussion, backing vocals
Hamish Stuart - guitar, backing vocals
Chris Whitten - drums, percussion, backing vocals
RecordedMarch 3, 1988, Hog Hill Mill, East Sussex, England
ReleasedMarch 24, 2017
AlbumsPaul McCartney: Flowers In The Dirt (reissue), 2017
Length4:21

That Day Is Done
Performed byPaul McCartney
Produced byPaul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Neil Dorfsman & Mitchell Froom
MusiciansPaul McCartney - lead vocal, bass, harmonies
Hamish Stuart - guitar, harmonies
Chris Whitten - drums, tambourine
Elvis Costello - vocals
Nicky Hopkins - piano
Mitchell Froom - keyboards
John Taylor - cornet
Tony Goddard - cornet
Ian Peters - euphonium
Ian Harper - tenor horn
RecordedMarch 1988, Hog Hill Mill, East Sussex, England, and October 1988, Olympic Sound Studios, London
ReleasedJune 5, 1989
AlbumsPaul McCartney: Flowers In The Dirt, 1989
Length4:22
I Couldn't Hear Nobody PrayThe Fairfield Four I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray album cover.jpg

The Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999The Very Best Of Elvis Costello (2CD) album cover.jpg

Live From Mountain StageThe Fairfield Four Live From Mountain Stage album cover.jpg

All This Useless BeautyATUB album cover large.jpg

Paul McCartney: Flowers In The DirtFlowers In The Dirt album cover.jpg

Covers

The Fairfield Four I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray 1997 DiscogsAmazonAmazon.uk
Paul McCartney Flowers In The Dirt 1989 AllmusicAmazonAmazon.uk

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