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The Call — Let the Day Begin
Album: The Best of The Call
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Released: 1989
Length: 3:43
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Here's to the babies in a brand new world
Here's to the beauty of the stars
Here's to the travellers on the open road
Here's to the dreamers in the bars

Here's to the teachers in the crowded rooms
Here's to the workers in the fields
Here's to the preachers of the sacred words
Here's to the drivers at the wheel

Here's to you my little loves with blessings from above
Now let the day begin
Here's to you my little loves with blessings from above
Now let the day begin, let the day begin

Here's to the winners of the human race
Here's to the losers in the game
Here's to the soldiers of the bitter war
Here's to the wall that bears their names

Here's to you my little loves with blessings from above
Now let the day begin
Here's to you my little loves with blessings from above
Let the day begin, let the day begin, let the day start

Here's to the doctors and their healing work
Here's to the loved ones in their care
Here's to the strangers on the streets tonight
Here's to the lonely everywhere

Here's to the wisdom from the mouths of babes
Here's to the lions in the cage
Here's to the struggles of the silent war
Here's to the closing of the age.

Here's to you my little loves with blessings from above
Now let the day begin
Here's to you my little loves with blessings from above
Let the day begin

Here's to you my little loves with blessings from above
Let the day begin
Here's to you my little loves with blessings from above
Now let the day begin, let the day begin, let the day start
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 andy.ormsby955 wrote:
Am I the only one to hear a bit of Abba - Mama Mia in this?
 
Yes, I think you are.
WOW!!! Two of my #10's in a row-"Ride My See-saw" was before this!!!
 CyrusPaul wrote:

Michael Been died running sound for BRMC, at a show in Holland.

 
^H at Pukkelpop Festival, Belgium, on August 19, 2010.
 jmkate wrote:
I love this song. that's all. 
{#Daisy}
 

I love this song. that's all. {#Daisy}
Am I the only one to hear a bit of Abba - Mama Mia in this?
Can't say it enough...

BRMC followed by The Call...

the acron fell from a mighty oak and grew to be a dang good tree itself.
AAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhwwwwwwwwwwwwwww this is beyond beyond STELLAR. 
 oldman wrote:

Yes, Michael Been  the vocalist, is the father of the bass player for BRMC.
 

 
Michael Been died running sound for BRMC, at a show in Holland.
Never get tired of this.
 Thin_Air wrote:
Rarely do covers outshine the original but Simple Minds' has in the case of this already quite likeable song.

 
Wow. I looked this up and that version was painful to hear. His vocals were strained and he looked bored in the video. Ouch. 
Guilty pleasure.
This Buds for you?
 Art_Carnage wrote:
Such a completely over the top rock anthem, that it's practically a parody of itself. Never has a song screamed so loudly, "Someone make a beer commercial out of me!"

 

Yes.


Rarely do covers outshine the original but Simple Minds' has in the case of this already quite likeable song.
To me this song is a celebration. 
"Here's to the closing of an age..." 

R.I.P. to the 80's
 ppopp wrote:
Horrible song to have to listen to. Cynical bullshit.

 

Hmm, your comment really confuses me.  I don't think it is cynical.  It's a blessing that with all the difficulties in life and the goodness that exists that the "little one" have a wonderful day.  I personally like that sentiment.
My Coo Ca Choo for grown ups
 Stingray wrote:

Is one of this 4 guys not the father of one of the BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB members...?

MUSIC IS ABSOILUTELY TERRIBLE, if you ask me!
Why no melody? 

 
Yes, Michael Been  the vocalist, is the father of the bass player for BRMC.
 
Horrible song to have to listen to. Cynical bullshit.
I always though it would be easier for them to list the people that they're not toasting. Not sure what that lyric would be. something like "screw you you lousy bastard don't bother getting out of bed"
 Rick_V wrote:
Looove this song! Listening to this song before heading out into the cold world is like tonic for the soul.

 
Nice post and a great, positive song.  
 ppopp wrote:
Corny lyrics.

 
The Call's music is about resistance to fascism, understanding,  love and revolution.  If you try giving them another listen with this context in mind, it might not seem corny at all.  
 robertomiller wrote:
What a great song to wake up to, and start-up the editing system…!! 
 

 
Always enjoyed blasting this song first thing in the morning to get going!!  
Corny lyrics.
Here's to radio paradise!
Excellent Album. That's right, I said album. 1985 goodness.

This Bud's for you?
Absolutely brilliant, only sorry I hadn't heard it before.
 loop6719 wrote:
One of my favorite cassettes from the 90's, very underrated band.

 
Is one of this 4 guys not the father of one of the BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB members...?

MUSIC IS ABSOILUTELY TERRIBLE, if you ask me!
Why no melody? 
One of my favorite cassettes from the 90's, very underrated band.
What a great song to wake up to, and start-up the editing system…!! 
 
 BlueBerryKush wrote:
Oh good song.  Good song.  
 

 
I'll third that and raise you one;  a really really good song!!
Oh good song.  Good song.  
 
Looove this song! Listening to this song before heading out into the cold world is like tonic for the soul.
I thought the next song after ths might well be from BRMC.... a father-to-son segue... and so it was. Lose Yourself. Poignant.
E' Festa (Celebration) - (Mussida, Pagani)
Premiata Forneria Marconi 1972
 
lyrics alone + hot band....{#Dancingbanana}
Cynaera wrote:
This is the song I want to be roused from sleep with, because it's positive, energetic, and pretty powerful.  I love it. It would probably cause me to leap out of bed. (The next scene would be me crouching in pain because my knees refused to acknowledge the positivity of the song, based on their age and infirmation , and sent me to the floor.)

Still - this is a very invigorating song, and in a few weeks, I'll be able to leap out of bed, do ten push-ups, stride to the kitchen and mix a strawberry/banana/flax-seed smoothie in the blender, toss it back, and tackle the day like a soldier off to war.

Yeah, this song just does that to me. It might be the death of me, but if that happens, at least it wouldn't be the death of me because I was sprawled across the davenport of despair (to quote the late Warren Zevon.)

I frellin' LOVE this song.

 

Yes. 
 Art_Carnage wrote:
Such a completely over the top rock anthem, that it's practically a parody of itself. Never has a song screamed so loudly, "Someone make a beer commercial out of me!"

 

I completely agree.
Never heard this before, Iike it, the singer sounds a lot like Pete Townsend.
It would be great if you guys added the new cover of this song, by Michael Been's son, in the band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. It's awesome!

Thanks!

PS I see others have mentioned this - but it's new news to me. :-)
 hbs47 wrote:
It's amazing how I got to my age without hearing bands like this. Just how much else have I missed? 

 
just keep listening and Bill will "school" you, as they would say in rural Georgia (US... not that one in Europe).

I say the same thing about all of the European and English music that I have been introduced to on RP.  Porcupine Tree, Elbow, John Martyn, The Staves come to mind quickly.

 Bill and Rebecca do such a marvelous job.  There's no place like RP !
I always really enjoy the upbeat positive lyrics of this song.
 rabaak wrote:
Heard a version of this by the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. I think one of the members the  Black Rebel Motorcycle Club was a son of one of the members of the Call. And they were doing their version in tribute to his dad.
 
Robert Levon Been from BRMC is the son of Michael Been, singer of The Call.  I saw them play this in December and it was awesome (like the rest of the show)!  They also just released a recording of it on a new EP which you can download for free from their website.  It will also be on their new album coming out in about 2-3 weeks.

What's more, The Call will be reuniting for a couple shows this year with Michael Levon Been of BRMC filling in for his late father!  So far all I've heard of is two shows in April - San Francisco and Santa Cruz, CA.  Definitely going to try to make at least one of those!
It's amazing how I got to my age without hearing bands like this. Just how much else have I missed? 
Heard a version of this by the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. I think one of the members the  Black Rebel Motorcycle Club was a son of one of the members of the Call. And they were doing their version in tribute to his dad.
I am adding this one to my running tunes!
 Cynaera wrote:

I remember KMET!  When I lived in Oregon in the 80's, I used to be able to get that station on my radio, and apart from KINK in Portland, it was my station of choice. Ah, the good old days.  I wonder why so many radio stations are going belly-up? Our local KOYT (Coyote FM) started in 1995 as the closest thing to early FM radio as an entity could get. I, and a bunch of other enthusiasts, were providing our CDs for uploading to their playlist, so we got to hear Jesse Colin-Young as well as Jesse Winchester. It was the first time I'd ever heard Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion" segué into "No More, No More."  I first heard Gregg Allman's "Come And Go Blues" done live and acoustic. It was my station of choice.

Coyote went from amazing rock music to current hits heard on any generic station to "classic" rock. Now, it's something with no music whatsoever - like a Larry King talk-radio show. I don't know why this happened (well, I have my suspicions, but can't prove anything), but it breaks my heart. I had a LOT invested in that fledgling station, and I really wanted to see it survive and thrive.

Sorry. Long, stupid story. It was the mention of KMET's demise that brought back memories of a better time... I am a very large, sentimental dork.

 
Miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this song...

 
 marcc wrote:
man, good tune. i met my wife at a Call / Psych Furs concert, 25-ish years ago. i still remember seeing her dance to them... good times.
  
I was reviewing the recent comments and wanted to say I do love this song.  I love the energy of it.  I know that it is over the top but in a way that works for me.  As always, my appreciation is tinged with nostalgia.  However, I wish marcc had not put a number on my nostalgia to remind me of how old I am.  TWENTY FIVE years ago?  Jeez. 
 rushed wrote:

Cynaera wrote:
This is the song I want to be roused from sleep with, because it's positive, energetic, and pretty powerful.  I love it. It would probably cause me to leap out of bed. (The next scene would be me crouching in pain because my knees refused to acknowledge the positivity of the song, based on their age and infirmation , and sent me to the floor.)

Still - this is a very invigorating song, and in a few weeks, I'll be able to leap out of bed, do ten push-ups, stride to the kitchen and mix a strawberry/banana/flax-seed smoothie in the blender, toss it back, and tackle the day like a soldier off to war.

Yeah, this song just does that to me. It might be the death of me, but if that happens, at least it wouldn't be the death of me because I was sprawled across the davenport of despair (to quote the late Warren Zevon.)

I frellin' LOVE this song.
  
Love that sentiment. Does the same thing for me.

RIP Michael
RIP Cynaera
 
Agree.

Same as to the passing of all, Cynaera, Warren and Michael.  Being sentient has its rewards, but also its drawbacks. 
 rushed wrote:

Love that sentiment. Does the same thing for me.

RIP Michael
RIP Cynaera
 

Actually it sounds like one long campaign promise to me
Such a completely over the top rock anthem, that it's practically a parody of itself. Never has a song screamed so loudly, "Someone make a beer commercial out of me!"
 Cynaera wrote:
This is the song I want to be roused from sleep with, because it's positive, energetic, and pretty powerful.  I love it. It would probably cause me to leap out of bed. (The next scene would be me crouching in pain because my knees refused to acknowledge the positivity of the song, based on their age and infirmation , and sent me to the floor.)

Still - this is a very invigorating song, and in a few weeks, I'll be able to leap out of bed, do ten push-ups, stride to the kitchen and mix a strawberry/banana/flax-seed smoothie in the blender, toss it back, and tackle the day like a soldier off to war.

Yeah, this song just does that to me. It might be the death of me, but if that happens, at least it wouldn't be the death of me because I was sprawled across the davenport of despair (to quote the late Warren Zevon.)

I frellin' LOVE this song.
 
Love that sentiment. Does the same thing for me.

RIP Michael
RIP Cynaera
The Moody Blues "Ride My See-Saw" fades into the "Let the Day Begin," a classic by The Call.  Damn, Bill, you is good!!
 kcar wrote:

The Davenport of Despair...lol...are you related to Edward Gorey? Great post—thank you. This kind of upbeat, charging song isn't around as much these days. 

Edward Gorey, definitely not despairing:

Edward Gorey napping on couch (davenport?) with cats  

  brilliant photo...love a sleep heap.


8—>9
9+  RIP Michael Been
{#Drunk}  This song is making me thirsty!

What a powerful segue from the Moodies !

8 to a 9

Been a long time since I've heard this, nice trip on the way back machine.
 Cynaera wrote:
This is the song I want to be roused from sleep with, because it's positive, energetic, and pretty powerful.  I love it. It would probably cause me to leap out of bed. (The next scene would be me crouching in pain because my knees refused to acknowledge the positivity of the song, based on their age and infirmation , and sent me to the floor.)

Still - this is a very invigorating song, and in a few weeks, I'll be able to leap out of bed, do ten push-ups, stride to the kitchen and mix a strawberry/banana/flax-seed smoothie in the blender, toss it back, and tackle the day like a soldier off to war.

Yeah, this song just does that to me. It might be the death of me, but if that happens, at least it wouldn't be the death of me because I was sprawled across the davenport of despair (to quote the late Warren Zevon.)

I frellin' LOVE this song.
 

This IS the opening song to the morning radio program (5am) on KTIDE in Santa Barbara, CA...love it!
man, good tune. i met my wife at a Call / Psych Furs concert, 25-ish years ago. i still remember seeing her dance to them... good times.
here's to fist pumping arena rock!

 Cynaera wrote:
This is the song I want to be roused from sleep with, because it's positive, energetic, and pretty powerful.  I love it. It would probably cause me to leap out of bed. (The next scene would be me crouching in pain because my knees refused to acknowledge the positivity of the song, based on their age and infirmation , and sent me to the floor.)

Still - this is a very invigorating song, and in a few weeks, I'll be able to leap out of bed, do ten push-ups, stride to the kitchen and mix a strawberry/banana/flax-seed smoothie in the blender, toss it back, and tackle the day like a soldier off to war.

Yeah, this song just does that to me. It might be the death of me, but if that happens, at least it wouldn't be the death of me because I was sprawled across the davenport of despair (to quote the late Warren Zevon.)

I frellin' LOVE this song.
 
The Davenport of Despair...lol...are you related to Edward Gorey? Great post—thank you. This kind of upbeat, charging song isn't around as much these days. 

Edward Gorey, definitely not despairing:

Edward Gorey napping on couch (davenport?) with cats  

{#Cheers} Here's to you, Michael Been. Thanks for the great music and rest in peace.

Reconciled was one of my favorite "Tapes" back in the day. I flat wore it out. I think I upgraded it to CD before it went out of print...need to dig through the stacks tonight and pull it out...


This is the song I want to be roused from sleep with, because it's positive, energetic, and pretty powerful.  I love it. It would probably cause me to leap out of bed. (The next scene would be me crouching in pain because my knees refused to acknowledge the positivity of the song, based on their age and infirmation , and sent me to the floor.)

Still - this is a very invigorating song, and in a few weeks, I'll be able to leap out of bed, do ten push-ups, stride to the kitchen and mix a strawberry/banana/flax-seed smoothie in the blender, toss it back, and tackle the day like a soldier off to war.

Yeah, this song just does that to me. It might be the death of me, but if that happens, at least it wouldn't be the death of me because I was sprawled across the davenport of despair (to quote the late Warren Zevon.)

I frellin' LOVE this song.
wow! I'd forgotten all about this song! It's great to hear it. I used to blast this. Thanks!
..."here's to the wall that bears their names."
..."here's to the wisdom from the mouths of babes..." 
 shutter wrote:

Dang!  Sure enough does sound like Pete!

 
Naaaa!  Sounds like the Call.

Sweet Heavens!
 von_Hayek wrote:
It's more a Pete Townshend imitation
 
Dang!  Sure enough does sound like Pete!

 BillG wrote:

Don't believe so. This was released in 1989. KMET went away in 1987 (June?).
 
I remember KMET!  When I lived in Oregon in the 80's, I used to be able to get that station on my radio, and apart from KINK in Portland, it was my station of choice. Ah, the good old days.  I wonder why so many radio stations are going belly-up? Our local KOYT (Coyote FM) started in 1995 as the closest thing to early FM radio as an entity could get. I, and a bunch of other enthusiasts, were providing our CDs for uploading to their playlist, so we got to hear Jesse Colin-Young as well as Jesse Winchester. It was the first time I'd ever heard Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion" segué into "No More, No More."  I first heard Gregg Allman's "Come And Go Blues" done live and acoustic. It was my station of choice.

Coyote went from amazing rock music to current hits heard on any generic station to "classic" rock. Now, it's something with no music whatsoever - like a Larry King talk-radio show. I don't know why this happened (well, I have my suspicions, but can't prove anything), but it breaks my heart. I had a LOT invested in that fledgling station, and I really wanted to see it survive and thrive.

Sorry. Long, stupid story. It was the mention of KMET's demise that brought back memories of a better time... I am a very large, sentimental dork.

Sad, Michael Been just died (lead singer/guitarist and songwriter) of a heart attack a few weeks ago while on tour to help with the sound engineering for his son's band (BRMC).

Can't decide if this is a really good beer jingle, or a really good Chevy Truck jingle. Sadly, as a song, it's not good at all.
And the guy to the left would probably win every Steve-Winwood-look-a-like contest. {#Roflol}
It's more a Pete Townshend imitation...

 
Baby_M wrote:
Best Roger Daltrey imitation ever.

(Honest.  I like it.  I really do.  The guy does sound like Daltrey, though.)
 


Catchy ditty that wasn't run into the ground too bad.
Best Roger Daltrey imitation ever.

(Honest.  I like it.  I really do.  The guy does sound like Daltrey, though.)
Missed these guys,,,,gotta check them out.{#Yes},,#8
Aaarrrrrrgggghhhhh!

 jasonf wrote:
I believe KMET down in LA played this as their last song before signing off—-so, for that, I give it a 10!

(I loved KMET)
 
Don't believe so. This was released in 1989. KMET went away in 1987 (June?).


Somewhere, Walt Whitman is smiling.

 jasonf wrote:
I believe KMET down in LA played this as their last song before signing off—-so, for that, I give it a 10!

(I loved KMET)
 
Felt the same when KBEY in Kansas City changed to KBEQ and from "proto-Radio Paradise" to mainstream rock in 1974. Now I hear all my KBEY favs on RP... here's to you with blessings from above!


I believe KMET down in LA played this as their last song before signing off—-so, for that, I give it a 10!

(I loved KMET)


This goes under one of those songs that I didn't appreciate as a hair metal teenager, but 20 years later all I can say is what was I thinking... thanks Bill.  "8"

Another tape I burnt out.


Awsome song!  Haven't heard this since high school.
Here's to Radio Paradise! {#Cheers}
A classic 'anthem' band who never, to my memory, quite got the exposure and fame of other anthem bands (Big Country and The Alarm come to mind). After a while alot of the anthem bands sounded too much alike and they soon went out of fashion. This is a nice number to hear all these years later, and I'll drink to the lyrics {#Drunk}
WOW, haven't heard this song in years.  Happy!!
This has been in every military recruitment video since it was written.
 WonderLizard wrote:

No. Old is Elvis, Beatles, Stan Getz, Herb Alpert, Peggy Lee, Miles Davis on vinyl.
 
Getz? Lee? Davis? Crap! I'm old.
 HeartlandJon wrote:
Tell me the song wasn't written anticipating selling the rights to a brewing company at some point in the future.
 
Good idea.  Sell it!


great song...  love it...


This song sounds like it should be used in a commercial for Budweiser. A great redneck anthem.....

I give it a -10
Tell me the song wasn't written anticipating selling the rights to a brewing company at some point in the future.
Makes me want to harvest wheat.  (This is not a criticism.)
Yet another enigmatic band that never went anywhere. What happened?

Let the day... start. 

A pretty good one hit wonder.
what a great band - and this song has inspired me for many years.
10
{#Cowboy}
 flyboy wrote:
It's the Rick Rydell Show song!  Alaska's Mr. Right.  Win Sarah!
 

I think the cold Alaskan weather effects your reasoning.
 flyboy wrote:
Win Sarah!
 

uh, no thanks.
 flyboy wrote:
It's the Rick Rydell Show song!  Alaska's Mr. Right.  Win Sarah!
 

You're kidding, right?  Although I kinda get a kick out of it when she gets "all Maverick-y in there" (thanks Tina Fey).

A great tune for a Monday morning, even a cloudy November Toronto one.


It's the Rick Rydell Show song!  Alaska's Mr. Right.  Win Sarah!
I love this song and have not heard it for so long. I have it on 7" vinyl somewhere as well.
I need speakers that go up to 11. LOUDER!

 chyk5 wrote:

Wow, first time I've heard them on RP. I have all their music on vinyl. God, I'm old....


 
No. Old is Elvis, Beatles, Stan Getz, Herb Alpert, Peggy Lee, Miles Davis on vinyl.


new chorus-"here's to everybody" that might shorten the song enough to make it less annoying.
Wait a minute... "The Call"? Why do I have this very song associated with/as some recording by Pete Townsend? :eh:
i don't know why but it sounds like pete townshend to me and it always has.
Those guys never were the kings of melodies... still boring... I used to like "Everywhere I go" and "I still believe" when I was younger... but this band made music so easy, so simple... (sorry for my bad english).
"Here's to the soldiers of the bitter war Here's to the wall that bears their name" Nicely said. Here's to ALL the soldiers, of ALL the wars. c.
Saw these guys at The Kane (spelling) Ballroom in Tulsa, OK in... 1989?? If I remember they opened with this song. My buddy yelled out at me in the middle of the song... "Why aren't these guys more popular?".... About 5 "never heard this song before" songs later that question was, sadly, answered. Ahhh... what the hell... we had a blast anyway. Here's to bands like The Call...
Wow, first time I've heard them on RP. I have all their music on vinyl. God, I'm old....
This one always meant a lot to me because it gives thanks to the teachers in the world. Doesn't happen often enough in my opinion.
WOW! This takes me back to those "blazing" summer days at the lake...:drunk: S~