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The The — This Is The Day
Album: Soul Mining
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Released: 1987
Length: 4:44
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Well... you didn't wake up this morning,
'cause you didn't go to bed.
You were watching the whites of your eyes turn red!

The calendar on your wall -- IS TICKING -- the days off.

You've been reading some old letters.
You smile and think how much you've changed.
All the money in the world couldn't buy back those days.

You pull back the curtains, and the sun burns into your eyes.
You watch a plane flying across a clear blue sky.
THIS IS THE DAY -- Your life will surely change.
THIS IS THE DAY -- When things fall into place.

You could've done anything, if you'd wanted.
And all your friends and family think that you're lucky.
But the side of you they'll never see
Is when you're left alone with the memories
That hold your life together like -- GLUE

You pull back the curtains, and the sun burns into your eyes.
You watch a plane flying across a clear blue sky.
THIS IS THE DAY -- Your life will surely change.
THIS IS THE DAY -- When things fall into place.

THIS IS THE DAY -- Your life will surely change.
(repeat to fade)
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 ScottishWillie wrote:
PS What happened to the Jools Holland piano solo?
 
It went Soul Mining with an Uncertain Smile 
 ScottishWillie wrote:
PS What happened to the Jools Holland piano solo?
 

Any song is improved with the absence of his predictable plinky plonk.
 jelgator wrote:
I heard this song on the day when I told my corporate boss I was quitting to start my own business.  I wanted fire again.  He said I would never have that fire again.

He was so wrong.  And it was the day I  also told my wife about this song.  At the time, she supported me.  Not for long.  Now she is my ex.  She didn't understand.

You never know which days will life will surely change you.  No advice here, except enjoy each one.  I guess.

P.S.  the ex would never care about expressing feelings so strongly connected with music like this.  Don't think she cared much for emotion, anyways.
 

Love this.
Matt Johnson just recently underwent emergency throat surgery due to a throat infection that threatened his life. Check out his instagram feed for more info: @officialthe_the
I heard this song on the day when I told my corporate boss I was quitting to start my own business.  I wanted fire again.  He said I would never have that fire again.

He was so wrong.  And it was the day I  also told my wife about this song.  At the time, she supported me.  Not for long.  Now she is my ex.  She didn't understand.

You never know which days will life will surely change you.  No advice here, except enjoy each one.  I guess.

P.S.  the ex would never care about expressing feelings so strongly connected with music like this.  Don't think she cared much for emotion, anyways.
 ScottishWillie wrote:
PS What happened to the Jools Holland piano solo?
 

That's in Heartland. The other The The song. 
I make the same mistake. All the time.
All hail Jools Holland!

EDIT: oops, Jools' solo is in "Uncertain smile", the other other The The song...
Never thought I'd be saying this about accordion, but here it's simply divine.
Why are "IS TICKING" and "THIS IS THE DAY" capitalized that way in the lyrics?
really liking this vibe today ..Moody with lightness to it
hell yeah, needed this today. 
bittersweet isnt it?

you can always change it yeah?
Made this winter Monday morning just float along. 
8 for the song, 10 for the lyrics, and 9 for the flow of the last hour.
 
 
`You could've done anything, if you'd wanted.´ {#Exclaim}{#Wink}
It's pronounced "thuh thee" apparently.
Just good old '80's stuff!
I kind of grow up with The The albums payed at home, this song surely reminds me of my mom singing while doing some home errands sometimes in mid 80'....  
"Do you sing like Olive Oil on purpose?
You guys must be into the Eurythmics."
 wgsu_1978 wrote:
Sounds a lot like Lloyd Cole's solo work from the early 90s (which I know came later). But Cole sounds more real to me, while this has a manufactured quality to it that I'm having trouble getting around. Still giving it a 6 but thinking it could have been an 8 with a little more feeling to it.
 
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions were contemporaries of The The.  Both recorded and released their main body of music in the early 80's.
Just after this album came out I lost my job (again) and on the way, the home saw a poster offering jobs in an American Summer Camp. The payment for a summer's work was a visa and accommodation. 

I was just about the oldest councillor in camp and I loved it. 

This song reminds me of a trip with four other, really loaded friends, to Boulder Colorado in the biggest car I’d ever seen (an Oldsmobile I think). This album was on a 6 track cassette and we played it to death on that journey. And that lady’s and gentleman is about the clearest thing I can remember about that trip. 

But I’m pretty sure I had a blindingly good time!?!
Aw.  The The. I used to listen to this a lot as my lovely old girlfriend was a fan.  But she was a mental alcoholic too.  Those were the days.
This one stays with you..
Pretty sure this song came out in '83, not '87.
Wow, this one hits kinda heavy today
One of the finest songs of the 80s.
This song is 30 years old!  And 30 years ago I was 30...

And the lyrics are just as relevant, maybe more so, than they were back then.

It's just too easy to look back and think that things were easier or simpler way back when.
Soul Mining I played more than any other 80's album
It was the 80's right ! lol
Awesome
As a friend said, The The's promoter should have been fired for how little recognition Matt has gotten.
I sense a theme in the last few songs today...
 
...and never has this song been more relevant.
Love that accordion!
 wgsu_1978 wrote:
Sounds a lot like Lloyd Cole's solo work from the early 90s (which I know came later). But Cole sounds more real to me, while this has a manufactured quality to it that I'm having trouble getting around. Still giving it a 6 but thinking it could have been an 8 with a little more feeling to it.
 

With the greatest respect I’ll think you’ll find Mat Johnston was as “Real” as it gets. He music, love it or loath it, has huge credibility and much as I adore Llyod Cole he’s a lightweight in comparison to Mat.


what a track.  So good - easy 10.  'Infected' (the next album) was the first album on CD that I ever bought.  
best song ever !!!
 wgsu_1978 wrote:
Sounds a lot like Lloyd Cole's solo work from the early 90s (which I know came later). But Cole sounds more real to me, while this has a manufactured quality to it that I'm having trouble getting around. Still giving it a 6 but thinking it could have been an 8 with a little more feeling to it.
 
You may or may not have a point with just this song, but believe me, Matt Johnson was very big on "feeling", and was a very, very angry and politicised young man. The The was a cry of rage against Thatcherism and neo-liberalism and the destruction it wrought on 80s Britain.
Sounds a lot like Lloyd Cole's solo work from the early 90s (which I know came later). But Cole sounds more real to me, while this has a manufactured quality to it that I'm having trouble getting around. Still giving it a 6 but thinking it could have been an 8 with a little more feeling to it.
 Proclivities wrote:

It's more likely that they really dislike this song.  Besides, this would be a good follow-up to "Afternoon Delight" - similar vibe in both tunes.

 
You either have a very unique sense of humor, or that is the most absurd post I've ever read in this forum.


First time. A wonderful, almost perfect little ditty. 
This band was definitely named before search engine optimization was a thing.
Great tune. Great band.
 Proclivities wrote:

It's more likely that they really dislike this song.  Besides, this would be a good follow-up to "Afternoon Delight" - similar vibe in both tunes.

  We're listening to The The what have you been listening too?

 chyk5 wrote:
15 people rated this a 1?! Maybe they were listening to the Starland Vocal Band and felt this a rude interruption.

 
It's more likely that they really dislike this song.  Besides, this would be a good follow-up to "Afternoon Delight" - similar vibe in both tunes.
{#Daisy}........love it ........  and that mellow vocal tone is fabulous ........{#Daisy}
Sad and happy all at the same time - is that melancholy? Wistful? I dunno.
Brings back the memories!  Used to listen to this all the time during my college days back in the early 80s.
 
This song makes me so happy!  Still love it after all these years.  Memories....
 chyk5 wrote:


 





A fantastic song, but it does have a tendency to plant the odd Lucas quotation from Empire Records in my head....
A great tune.  I heard it on RP and downloaded it to my Ipod immediately.
This is such a great song. It brings back memories of a few years back, during which I couldn't listen to the song, and yet now it brings a smile to my face as an "ex" song- one which brings back bitter-sweet memories of a time now past.

The time for regretting is gone, and I'm glad that this still hits the mark, possibly just in the way the genius that is Matt Johnson meant it to.

Bang on. 
blast from the past indeed {#Lol}
{#Bananapiano}
Outstanding tune and outstanding album.  A must for any RP listener IMHO.
I listen to The The almost everyday, makes me soooo happy, and feel like I'm alive!
 chyk5 wrote:
15 people rated this a 1?! Maybe they were listening to the Starland Vocal Band and felt this a rude interruption.

 

"1"s are always an interesting visceral reaction. I'll admit to a few, but this is not one of them.
{#Bananajumprope}
Thanks to Bobert for posting lyrics -- presumably before the lyrics button was created.  I'll need to hear this a few more times, because I can't tell if it's deeply cynical or irrepressibly optimistic.  And, man oh man, does it cut close to the bone.

On a technical view, it's interesting that meter and rhyme kinda don't exist in this. 
The What?
I owned this on vinyl when it was new. A very good album.

Brilliant song. Brings back memories of 2005/6 which are now not so difficult to deal with.
Amazing song - brilliant album!
15 people rated this a 1?! Maybe they were listening to the Starland Vocal Band and felt this a rude interruption.
¡Qué buena canción! El Soul Mining lo tengo en cassete... El pianito suena muy, pero muy bien
This is the day!!!!
Full of a cold...flumped over ....no enthusiasm ...BUT now boogieing around my sewing room {#Bananapiano}
 zackdog0126 wrote:
Old memories
 



I was 17, life was simpler....
Old memories
Well... you didn't wake up this morning,
'cause you didn't go to bed.
You were watching the whites of your eyes turn red.
The calendar on your wall is ticking the days off. You've been reading some old letters.
You smile and think how much you've changed.
All the money in the world couldn't buy back those days. You pull back the curtains, and the sun burns into your eyes.
You watch a plane flying across a clear blue sky.
This is the day your life will surely change.
This is the day when things fall into place. You could've done anything, if you'd wanted.
And all your friends and family think that you're lucky.
But the side of you they'll never see
Is when you're left alone with the memories
That hold your life together like — GLUE You pull back the curtains, and the sun burns into your eyes,
You watch a plane flying across a clear blue sky.
This is the day your life will surely change.
This is the day when things fall into place. This is the day your life will surely change...
(repeat to fade)
the lyrics were sweet—-funny, i useta listen to them when they were all industrial and postpunk and wouldn't listen to them when they got all poppy ——but like this.
Love this band and this track! Haven't heard it in ages. Great to hear.
Great band but certainly not their best track.  However, 9+ for RP including it in the mix.
I always wear an uncertain smile when I listen to this tune...
Love this song. Brings me back.
this music reminds me of old (pre full band) TMBG.

a slowed down version of Rhythm Section Want Ad, perhaps?

you're the reason why. 
This song ALWAYS makes me smile!
 Stingray wrote:
100% AGREEMENT!
A MASTERPIECE INDEED

(like three other albums from this VERY underrated band!)

 

There's a lot more than three
I might add to my childbirth playlist..  appropos & a great tune
8->9! Perfect just-out-of-the-shower-getting-dressed music. Woo!

- Oshyan 
You can swim in this song.
RP are sleeping on the job!

They still have not up-dated the release of this record to 1983. A great song & album just the same.
I gotta dig up my record of this.. Great album.
Oh great.....it's not long enough either.   Maybe some day ?

The album art is that of the remastered CD. But more importantly it was released in 1983; not 1987. That was one of my favorite albums to listen to, while I was visting The Land Down Under @ that time. Great album & a great song!
 gypsyman wrote:
This is not the correct album art.
 
This is. I owned the vinyl.
This is not the correct album art.
 kcar wrote:
Is this a single or alternate version? It sounds like a faster beat than the copy I bought off of iTunes....
 
funny you mention the alb um cover.  This is not the one I have have with this song.  what a pain......someday maybe

Is this a single or alternate version? It sounds like a faster beat than the copy I bought off of iTunes....
Love The The!! Thanks for playing! Would love to here Uncertain Smile sometime!
The M&Ms commercial ruined this song for me.
Great Music, important stuff for many people in the 80's, it still sounds fresh to me!
Actual release date of the Soul Mining Album was 1983.
Thanks for the great programming this morning!
I listened to a cassette tape of the album (and nothing else) for about 30 hours straight in my 4th year of architecture studio. It was an intense time so I'm amazed I have such positive memories of the music and lyrics!
 DaveInVA wrote:
Its odd he can sing with out stuttering like with the bands name...
 

Compliment - a funny one!
Smiling!
Hooray for 80s music that doesn't make my eyes roll to the back of my head!
MUSIC AGAIN!


{#Bounce}
100% AGREEMENT!
A MASTERPIECE INDEED

(like three other albums from this VERY underrated band!)

This album is a master piece and pretty much summed up my life during during the
80's. 
Its odd he can sing with out stuttering like with the bands name...
 AphidA wrote:
It really sucks that I have to think of M&Ms when I hear this song now.
 
Me too.  I was happy he got some exposure, but sad that he sold out at the same time.  Oh well.  Matt Johnson defines much of the 80's and 90's for me.

 

Had a demo of Dogs Of Lust around 1993, that was a pretty hip tune!
Hi, A long time ago, we played that song on a radio station  (102.2 fm on Lyons france, still here, yes)
We had fun, with the translation of THE THE..so on air, it could be  "Le, Le,La,La and wathewer  U can manage it". Even now I don't know how to translate about it - English made group. Big Up to everyone.
Grandkrok.
First heard this in the film Empire Records, where it sets the perfect tone for a pull-back closer. Fantastic song, just makes you want to dance, or at least wiggle in your seat a bit! (if you're at work like me {#Wink})
Love this album, love this song {#Dance} {#Jump} {#Clap}
It really sucks that I have to think of M&Ms when I hear this song now.

I love the fact that artists aren't as worried about licensing their music and can be relatively obscure but make a lot of money. But, c'mon.  I mean do the Flaming Lips really need to sell salad dressing?!?!?!
One of those songs that reminds me of the good old days with HFS layin' down the tunes.    AAAHHHHH{#Roflol}
miahfost wrote:
Funny, I had the record with this as the cover: ">
Me, too. I love this album, especially "Uncertain Smile" as someone else said below.
that's right! This song is in that M&M commercial! LOL! :bananajumprope: :bananajumprope: :bananajumprope: Art_Carnage wrote:
This is the day that I just say "no" to machines that try to imitate clapping hands.
Wow, talk about dated. This has NOT aged well.
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
a_genuine_find wrote:
Are they called Th-ah Th-ah Th-ee Th-ee Th-ah Th-ee -or- Th-ee Th-ah ??????
Bill says 'Th-ah Th-ah' Thanks Bill!
One of my favorite pieces of music, a must have in everyone's collection. Soul Mining....
like it. have not heard any the in a while
Are they called Th-ah Th-ah Th-ee Th-ee Th-ah Th-ee -or- Th-ee Th-ah ??????
ScottishWillie wrote:
The version of this album I bought back in 1983 (as shown by huebdoo) had a different (better) cover drawn by Mat Johnsons brother Andy. And what an album it was, becoming my favourite for most of that year and well into the next. I would particularly recommend the track "Uncertain Smile" with Jools Holland on piano.
Does his brother Andy also play for Everton?
The version of this album I bought back in 1983 (as shown by huebdoo) had a different (better) cover drawn by Mat Johnsons brother Andy. And what an album it was, becoming my favourite for most of that year and well into the next. I would particularly recommend the track "Uncertain Smile" with Jools Holland on piano.
Ditto :jump:
I was in high school when this came out and it was, and still is, a milestone record. It made me realize there was much more interesting music out there than the garbage played on commercial radio. It made me seek it out and I'm the better for it. Thanks Matt!
Funny, I had the record with this as the cover: ">