The song bears some similarity to the 1983 Simple Minds song "Waterfront." The Call opened for Simple Minds on some tours, and the bands became close. According to Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr, Michael Been ran it by him first, and although they have a similar rhythm, there was no problem.
Simple Minds sometimes performed "Let The Day Begin," and recorded it for their 2014 album Big Music
. "'Let The Day Begin' is like a gospel for the working man," Kerr said in a Songfacts interview
. "We feel really proud to play it, especially to people that don't know it, therefore it's a kind of lost treasure."
Been sang on the 1986 Simple Minds song "Sanctify Yourself
"; after his death, Kerr wrote, "To my mind, he had a similar soul that one perceives in true American greats such as Robbie Robertson and even Dylan himself."