Days Like This (Van Morrison song)
"Days Like This" is a popular song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and the title song of his 1995 album. Morrison has often performed this song in concert appearances including his 2006 appearance at the Austin City Limits Festival.
|"Days Like This"|
|Single by Van Morrison|
|from the album Days Like This|
|A-side||"Days Like This"|
|B-side||"I Don't Want to go on Without You"/"That Old Black Magic"|
|Genre||Celtic, Folk rock|
|Van Morrison singles chronology|
Recording and composition
Before making his big break as a solo artist, Irish singer-songwriter Brian Kennedy performed backing vocals for this song, as well as others through out the album, and features heavily in the music video.
Van Morrison's daughter, Shana Morrison sings duets and backup on tracks from the album containing this song.
It became the official anthem of the peace movement in Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Office used it along with "Brown Eyed Girl" as theme music for a television advertisement promoting the cease fire. Morrison performed it for an audience of 60-80,000 people when President Bill Clinton visited Belfast, Northern Ireland on 30 November 1995. Clinton, himself a saxophonist, had shown an appreciation for Morrison's music and had wanted to perform but was advised against it by security officers.
In the media
In 1997, "Days Like This" was featured on the soundtrack of the film, As Good as It Gets. In 2007, it was one of the songs used on the soundtrack of the film, Eye See Me. It was played several times in the 2007 film, Because I Said So. It has also been used in a Channel 7 Australia ad campaign
- Van Morrison - vocals, alto saxophone
- Ronnie Johnson - electric guitar
- Nicky Scott - bass
- Geoff Dunn - drums
- Teena Lyle - Piano, backing vocals
- Kate St. John - alto saxophone
- Pee Wee Ellis - tenor saxophone
- Leo Green - tenor saxophone
- Matthew Holland - trumpet
- Brian Kennedy - backing vocals
- Horns arranged by Pee Wee Ellis
- Heylin, Clinton (2003). Can You Feel the Silence? Van Morrison: A New Biography, Chicago Review Press, ISBN 1-55652-542-7
- Hinton, Brian (1997). Celtic Crossroads: The Art of Van Morrison, Sanctuary, ISBN 1-86074-169-X
- Rogan, Johnny (2006). Van Morrison: No Surrender, London:Vintage Books ISBN 978-0-09-943183-1