A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library
Welcome to our series highlighting the music we have here at Thomas Ford Memorial Library. Each week of 2013 we will discuss one of our favorite songs from the collection. Classical or Country, Hip-Hop or Heavy Metal, we’ll be blogging for every taste.
I’ve been missing you for so many days
I keep wanting you in so many ways
I cant get you off of my mind
But true love is so hard to find
I want yet another day
The lyrics are so basic they look a bit laughable in print, but there is nothing funny about the way Otis Redding sings them. He doesn’t merely ask for another day with his girl—it’s a soul-shaking, heart-rending plea. Otis is one of my mom’s favorite singers, so I grew up with this song, and all this time I’ve assumed it was about wanting more time with someone who had either broken his heart or gone away forever. Then I looked at the lifeless lyrics on the page. That kind off loss is entirely absent from the words themselves, it’s all implied by Redding’s astounding voice.
Though, I shouldn’t take anything away from the songwriters (Redding, guitar great Steve Cropper, and McElvoy Robinson), Otis clearly finds something to work wonders with in the words. By the end of the song Redding just lets loose and the lyrics begin to fit his soul shouting mood better: “I just want one more day/And the day after, and the day after/I want all the days!”
The song was recorded on November 5, 1965. It was a productive day for Steve Cropper who, along with “Just One More Day,” recorded another Redding classic “Can’t Turn You Lose,” plus two songs with The Mar-Keys and two more with Booker T. and the MG’s. He’s credited as a guitarist and writer on all of those songs. That studio recording is the version we have here at Thomas Ford, and it’s the one I grew up with, but if you find yourself wanting more, I encourage you to search out some of the many live versions. They are, if anything, even more powerful.
Review by Matthew