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One Day Like This
Elbow Lyrics


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Drinking in the morning sun
Blinking in the morning sun
Shaking off the heavy one
Heavy like a loaded gun

What made me behave that way?
Using words I never say
I can only think it must be love
Oh, anyway, it's looking like a beautiful day

Someone tell me how I feel
It's silly wrong but vivid right
Oh, kiss me like the final meal
Yeah, kiss me like we die tonight

Cause holy cow, I love your eyes
And only now I see the light
Yeah, lying with me half awake
Oh, anyway, it's looking like a beautiful day

When my face is chamois-creased
If you think I'll wink, I did
Laugh politely at repeats
Yeah, kiss me when my lips are thin

Cause holy cow, I love your eyes
And only now I see you like
Yeah, lying with me half awake
Stumbling over what to say
Well, anyway, it's looking like a beautiful day

Throw those curtains wide!
One day like this a year would see me right
Throw those curtains wide!
One day like this a year would see me right

Overall Meaning

The opening lyrics to Elbow's song One Day Like This set the tone for a song about love and the happiness it can bring. The singer is drinking in the morning sun, blinking and shaking off the heavy feeling that weighed them down. The weight is described as heavy like a loaded gun, a loaded gun being something that can be dangerous and cause harm - this could imply that whatever burden the singer was carrying was a threat to their well-being. The singer wonders what has made them behave in this way and use words they never say, and concludes that it must be love. The way the singer is feeling is so vivid that it feels silly and wrong, but at the same time, it's right. The chorus repeats the sentiment of how beautiful the day is and how much the singer loves the person they are with, emphasizing the joyous feelings love can bring.


The second verse continues to describe the singer's feelings of love for the person they are with. Their face may be "chamois-creased" (a reference to the texture of chamois leather), but they will still laugh politely at repeats and want to be kissed when their lips are thin. Again, the chorus repeats how much the singer loves the person's eyes and how it's a beautiful day. The bridge encourages the listener to throw the curtains wide, to embrace the beauty of the day and the happiness love can bring. The refrain of "one day like this a year would see me right" emphasizes that the beauty brought by love and a beautiful day is so powerful that it can sustain someone for a year.


Line by Line Meaning

Drinking in the morning sun
Enjoying the sunrise and starting the day with a positive attitude


Blinking in the morning sun
Savoring the beauty of the rising sun and the beginning of a new day


Shaking off the heavy one
Ridding oneself of negative emotions and starting fresh


Heavy like a loaded gun
Feeling burdened and weighed down by emotional baggage


What made me behave that way?
Reflecting on past actions and questioning why one acted a certain way


Using words I never say
Expressing feelings with words one usually doesn't use


I can only think it must be love
Realizing that what one is feeling is most likely love


Oh, anyway, it's looking like a beautiful day
Despite past negative experiences, the day ahead is looking hopeful and positive


Someone tell me how I feel
Seeking reassurance and clarity about one's emotions


It's silly wrong but vivid right
Recognizing that what one is feeling is unconventional but it feels right


Oh, kiss me like the final meal
Asking for a passionate kiss as though it's the last one they'll ever have


Yeah, kiss me like we die tonight
Savoring the present moment and acting as though they won't have another chance together


Cause holy cow, I love your eyes
Expressing deep affection for the person's eyes


And only now I see the light
Realizing the depth of feelings that they've been blind to until now


Yeah, lying with me half awake
Enjoying each other's company while being half asleep


Stumbling over what to say
Feeling nervous and uncertain about what to say next


Well, anyway, it's looking like a beautiful day
Despite feeling nervous and uncertain, the day is still filled with hope and positivity


When my face is chamois-creased
When I'm older and have wrinkles on my face


If you think I'll wink, I did
If you think I'll flirt, I already did


Laugh politely at repeats
Smiling and laughing along with someone even if you've heard the joke before


Throw those curtains wide!
Open the windows and let the light in


One day like this a year would see me right
Having even just one great day like this makes everything worth it


Throw those curtains wide!
Encouraging the listener to seize the day and enjoy it to the fullest


One day like this a year would see me right
Reiterating that one great day can make all the difference and make everything worth it




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Songtrust Ave, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Guy Edward John Garvey, Craig Lee Potter, Mark Potter, Peter James Turner, Richard Barry Jupp

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@niaeveritt6800

Drinking in the morning sun
Blinking in the morning sun
Shaking off the heavy one
Heavy like a loaded gun
What made me behave that way?
Using words I never say
I can only think it must be love
Oh, anyway, it's looking like a beautiful day
Someone tell me how I feel
It's silly wrong but vivid right
Oh, kiss me like the final meal
Yeah, kiss me like we die tonight
Cause holy cow, I love your eyes
And only now I see the light
Yeah, lying with me half awake
Oh, anyway, it's looking like a beautiful day
When my face is chamois-creased
If you think I'll wink, I did
Laugh politely at repeats
Yeah, kiss me when my lips are thin
Cause holy cow, I love your eyes
And only now I see you like
Yeah, lying with me half awake
Stumbling over what to say
Well, anyway, it's looking like a beautiful day
Throw those curtains wide!
One day like this a year'd see me right
Throw those curtains wide!
One day like this a year'd we'll sing it



All comments from YouTube:

@joannfisher1262

I suffer from depression and anxiety and listening to this song makes me feel uplifted and a bit of optimism.

@katewilkinson2825

I suffer from depression too, .it really helps me as well.stay safe and strong x

@SyTheMetalhead

Stay strong ❤

@Rehan02

I suffer from depression and anxiety as well I can feel you :)

@1976Campo

You guys keep listening. I don’t suffer from depression, but on a shit day, whatever the weather or time of the year, this is my go to tune. Be safe guys

@babound03

Yes!!! This song gave me such relief during a dark period 8 years ago. I'm recovering from 4 days of high anxiety (I wonder why), remembered this song, and here I am.

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@lorraineloxleigh1507

2013, I found out I was pregnant, started bleeding. Waited for 4 agonising days for the scan. It showed a healthy heartbeat. I cried so hard, couldn't wait to see my mum to tell her the good news.
As I crossed the road from the hospital, she happened to drive by. She pulled over, as I got in, "one day like this a year would see me right" just played, I cried so hard with joy. That moment, this song, means the world to me. 6 years on. Mum had dementia, but still remembers that day.

@madman-xo3ru

This is probably the most beautiful thing IV read,I don't really believe in God or that,but this is a sign,there is more to life to what we can see or touch, something devine..

@philhewitt73

Bless your family ✌

@amazings500

How’s the baby?

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