It’s A Beautiful Day To Waste Away

I was trying to remember a song that I had stuck in my head, driving myself crazy because I cannot find it on any of my playlists. Jim has picked “beautiful” amongst today’s theme words for Song Lyric Sunday. I sing the chorus line to a song I have heard my whole life…and now I am stumped.

But I found this song on my playlist, which mentions a beautiful day too….and I remember loving this song at uni. It is just a little bit of madness – common to students cramming for their exams.

The band is called The Levellers. I knew a woman who ran away from home to be a kind of groupie to them. This song is called “Just The One”. It’s a glorified drinking song that was a big hit at the time and has remained iconic and very popular.

Credits: Simon Friend, Charlie Heather, Mark Chadwick, Jonathan Sevink, and Jeremy Cunningham

Do you fancy a drink? It's just the one
To clear your head, we won't be long
It's a beautiful day to waste away
There's plenty of time for another one

Know you shouldn't do it
But see no reason why
So, you blow your mind
Yeah, yeah, uh-huh

Make mine a short, I'm getting there
But where that is I couldn't care
There must be something I haven't tried
Perhaps that bottle before my eyes

Know I shouldn't do it
But see no reason why
So, blow your mind
Yeah, yeah, uh-huh

And through the haze the sun goes down
It's getting late, let's hit the town
Call some friends to paint it red
Feed the animal in your head

Know you shouldn't do it
But see no reason why
So, you blow your mind
Yeah, yeah, uh-huh

When they throw you out, you hit the night
You go to a club, you feel alright
You get a pill and take just half
Then take the rest of it for a laugh

You know you shouldn't do it
But see no reason why
So, you blow your mind
Yeah, yeah, uh-huh

And the rest is blank and that's the worst
An empty head for an empty purse
You had a laugh, so you think
But in the morning you just stink

Know you shouldn't do it
But see no reason why
So, you blow your mind
Yeah, yeah, uh-huh

So, you fancy a drink
It's just the one
To clear your head
We won't be long
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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Nice music Hugh and I could see drinking to this.

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  2. Peach Berman says:

    Great song! Thanks for putting me on 🤗

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  3. CARAMEL says:

    Hugh – you meant the song that David Pendleton featured didn’t you. Two Levellers tracks in one day – makes me smile.

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