Five Days in July

Five Days in July is the fifth studio album by Canadian country-rock band Blue Rodeo. It was released by WEA on October 26, 1993 in Canada and Discovery Records on September 27, 1994 in the United States. The band's most commercially successful album, it has been certified six times platinum as of 2008.

Five Days in July
US CD cover art
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 26, 1993 (Canada)
September 27, 1994 (US)
RecordedJuly 1993
GenreCountry rock
LabelWEA (Canada)
Discovery (US)
ProducerBlue Rodeo
Blue Rodeo chronology
Lost Together
Five Days in July
Nowhere to Here
Singles from Five Days in July
  1. "'Til I Gain Control Again"
    Released: 1994
  2. "Head Over Heels"
    Released: 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
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The album was recorded on singer/guitarist Greg Keelor's farm in Southern Ontario in July 1993. While the band originally intended for the recordings to serve only as demos, they found that the songs had a warmth and spontaneity that warranted releasing the collection as an album. Guest musicians on the album include Sarah McLachlan, Colin Linden and Anne Bourne. This album was keyboardist James Gray's first album with the band.

This album is supposed to be a tribute to the Harvest-era Neil Young sound.[1] "5 Days in May", "Hasn't Hit Me Yet" and "Bad Timing" were notable hit singles for the band.

Track listing

All songs by Greg Keelor and Jim Cuddy, except where noted.

  1. "5 Days in May" – 7:12
  2. "Hasn't Hit Me Yet" – 5:14
  3. "Bad Timing" – 5:09
  4. "Cynthia" – 4:40
  5. "Photograph" – 4:10
  6. "What is This Love" – 6:16
  7. "English Bay" – 3:20
  8. "Head Over Heels" – 4:01
  9. "'Til I Gain Control Again" (Rodney Crowell) – 4:29
  10. "Dark Angel" – 5:16
  11. "Know Where You Go/Tell Me Your Dream" – 9:22

Track trivia

  • "What is This Love," "Dark Angel" and "Tell Me Your Dream" feature Sarah McLachlan.
  • Colin Linden appears on "Know Where You Go"
  • Singer/guitarist Jim Cuddy has said that "5 Days in May" was inspired by his sound engineer's practice of writing his wife's name in the sand whenever he finds himself on a beach. Cuddy noticed the engineer doing so while the band was on tour in New Zealand, and was inspired to write lyrics combining this story with the story of how Cuddy met his own wife.

Chart performance

Chart (1993) Peak
Canadian RPM Country Albums 3
Canadian RPM Top Albums 8


Region Certification
Canada (Music Canada)[2] 6× Platinum


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