"Days" was originally only intended to be a track on the 1968 concept album The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society
, but after the commercial failure of the previous release "Wonderboy
" it was rushed out as a single. The song peaked at #12 in the UK but failed to chart in the US.
Fearing that the band's time was up following the failure of "Wonderboy," Ray Davies wrote this nostalgic song saying goodbye to his music career. He told Q magazine
: "I didn't care anymore. So I thought, 'Say goodbye nicely,' and wrote 'Days.'"
Ray Davies also had in mind his sister Rosie who had emigrated to Australia. "She left and said, 'Say goodbye, my loving brother,' and I said, 'Thank you for being my sister,'" he recalled to Rolling Stone
. "So the song's for her, really, and her generation."