The Days That We Die

Album: Older Than My Old Man Now (2012)

Songfacts®:

  • Loudon Wainwright III has four children, and all of them appear on his 2012 album Older Than My Old Man Now. On "The Days That We Die," he duets with his son Rufus Wainwright, who like his dad is also an accomplished musician and actor.

    The Wainwrights have a long history of communicating with each other in their songs, and in this one Loudon and Rufus agree that their relationship is one of immutable acceptance, which each of them singing the line, "You'll never change, neither will I."
  • Loudon wrote this song, but Rufus came up with the arrangement. In our interview with Loudon, he explained: "Usually when you record a song with somebody, a duet, you sing some harmony together or join in on the bridge or whatever, but he thought it might be more interesting to just sing separately in the same song, and I think he was right."
  • This song was used in the 2012 Judd Apatow movie This is 40. Wainwright is an Apatow favorite: the director had Loudon record songs for his 2007 movie Knocked Up and his 2005 film The 40 Year Old Virgin.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Producer Ron NevisonSong Writing

Ron Nevison explains in very clear terms the Quadrophenia concept and how Heart staged their resurgence after being dropped by their record company.

Bible LyricsMusic Quiz

Rockers, rappers and pop stars have been known to quote the Bible in their songs. See if you match the artist to the biblical lyric.

Tom Keifer of CinderellaSongwriter Interviews

Tom talks about the evolution of Cinderella's songs through their first three albums, and how he writes as a solo artist.

Joe JacksonSongwriter Interviews

Joe talks about the challenges of of making a Duke Ellington tribute album, and tells the stories behind some of his hits.

N.W.A vs. the WorldSong Writing

How the American gangsta rappers made history by getting banned in the UK.

Chad Channing (Nirvana, Before Cars)Songwriter Interviews

Chad tells tales from his time as drummer for Nirvana, and talks about his group Before Cars.