Song of the Day, July 13: This Could Be the Day by Robyn Hitchcock

RobynCouldBeToday’s song presents both determination and peril. Robyn Hitchcock’s stunning I Often Dream of Trains is a showcase for his eccentric storytelling. He opens side two with one of the most energetic numbers, the driving This Could Be the Day.

The narrator of the song seems pleased that this day has come, offering a number of odd, elliptical observations for how it might be celebrated. Woven through these happy ponderings are moments of menace, with “tongues of fire” being flung through the tropical night. The urgent narrative underscores the very Hitchcockian message that dreams and nightmares are made of the same stuff.

Enjoy this great song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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