Another Day

Album: Ram (re-release) (1971)
Charted: 2 5

Songfacts®:

  • The melody is jaunty, but "Another Day" is a rather depressing song. It's about a lonely woman trapped in a life of monotony - not unlike Eleanor Rigby. She lives alone in her apartment and does receive the company of a man, but he always leaves the next day. The song takes a stark turn when it hints that she's suicidal:

    People gather 'round her and she finds it hard to stay alive
    It's just another day
  • McCartney attempted this song with The Beatles in 1969, but nothing came of it. He recorded it in January 1971 during the sessions for his second solo album, Ram.
  • "Another Day" was Paul McCartney's first single as a solo artist. He didn't release any singles from his first album (McCartney), although "Maybe I'm Amazed" became one of his most popular songs. It was a solid hit, charting around the world. Many elements of the song - like the harmony vocals and storyline lyric - were familiar to Beatles' fans, making it a can't miss. There's even some laughter sound effects in the mix, harkening back to the Sgt. Pepper album.

    Released as a standalone single, the song was left off the Ram album, but included on its re-release in 2012. "Uncle Albert - Admiral Halsey" was a huge US hit from the album, but none of the other songs caught on. Critics were rather harsh, with Rolling Stone calling it "inconsequential" and "irrelevant."

    This became a pattern for McCartney, who throughout his solo career released some songs that were wildly popular and others with no ambitions of commercial appeal. His early work was held in higher regard in retrospect when there was some distance between him and The Beatles.
  • McCartney's wife Linda sings on this track and is credited as a songwriter - the credits read "Mr. and Mrs. McCartney." Splitting the songwriting credit with Linda was a tactical maneuver because his publishing was controlled by a company called Maclen Music, which filed a lawsuit in response. The case was settled the following year.
  • John Lennon referenced this song when he slagged off McCartney on his track "How Do You Sleep?" singing, "The only thing you done was 'Yesterday,' and since you're gone you're just another day." This was at the peak of their post-Beatles acrimony; they resumed their friendship a few years later.
  • This features in the 2004 movie 50 First Dates, where Drew Barrymore plays a woman with short-term memory loss, so every day is new to her. The song also appears in the 2009 episode of The Simpsons, "Bart Gets a 'Z.'"

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