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let the day begin


composers
Written by Michael Been


publisher
© Neeb Music (2009 Credit)
© Chrysalis Music Ltd, a BMG Rights Management Company (2014 Credit)


background
This song was premiered on the Billy Sloan show on the 29th March 2009.

Jim changed of a couple of lines: in the third verse Here's to the wall that bears their names became Here's to the Sparkle In The Rain; and Here's to the preachers of the sacred words became Here's to the buddah with the sacred word.

It became a fixture of the live set after the untimely death of Michael Been. Initially played as a tribute during the band's American Tour of 2013, it soon became a permanent part of the set.

A new studio version was recorded in 2014 and was released on the Big Music album.


JK: "There's a song on the album called Let The Day Begin and it was written by Michael Been of a band called The Call. Some people will know them but I think – by and large many people this side of the water don't know about The Call or Michael."

CB: "And they toured with us in America for quite a long time. And he's an amazing writer – he had an amazing pedigree. He was in Martin Scorsese's Last Temptation Of Christ, he was an apostle in that – Martin Scorsese directed the videos, his backing band was The Band – I mean, that's not bad. And he was just an amazing writer."

JK: "Years later – so many years later – in fact last year, we got the chance to go back and tour in America and in that time, sadly Michael - fairly recently, had passed away, very sad. But we'd have loved the chance to hook up with him again or the chance to play with him again – but it wasn't to be. So on the last tour of the States indeed we played Let The Day Begin. It went down an absolute storm and sounded better than we ever imagined that it would. Pretty much within about twenty-four hours since coming back to these shores and landing at Heathrow we booked the studio in London and tried to capture it."

JK: "It's great to have it in the set, and great to have it on the album, and hopefully it's a great homage to Michael as well."

Band Interviews
Big Music Deluxe DVD


MH: So as I say, I'm siting with the album version, the vinyl version, of the Big Music and we're on side two. And the opening track, an amazing track, I love it, I love the version you've done, not an original Simple Minds song, a song written by the wonderful Michael Been from The Call. So, go ahead and explain that one Jim – but it's a great track.
JK: Well, we love the track. As you rightly say Let The Day Begin was written by Michael Been and for those who don't know, Michael Been was from Oklahoma, and the band The CallMichael's the chief writer and vocalist in the band, and we came across The Call in the mid 80s when Simple Minds – I think we toured the States twice with The Call on tour – and they were opening for us and we watched them every night. And Michael, himself, he became a bit of a guru to Charlie Burchill and I because he was a bit older, he was probably about ten years older and he had lived a bit more and he knew America like the back of his hand. We just couldn't get enough of the guy and we couldn't get enough of his music either.
JK: And I think the second time we went back to tour with him, he pulled me over, he had a little light in his eye and he said "I've written this new song." And he said "It's not a million miles away from your song Waterfront because it does have the same kind of pulsing rhythm – a kind of bluesy rhythm – but when he played me the tune, the lyrics just floored me, just such great writing. And it was always one of our favourite songs of anyone.
JK: But it was only just over a year ago when we were preparing to go back to the States after having not being there for a decade, and the realisation that Michael wouldn't be there because sadly he'd passed away I think three years ago now, the dawning of that on us, we were sad that Michael wasn't going to be with us, that we'd miss him, and it was like "Let's take some of Michael's music with us." And we thought "Let's do a version of Let The Day Begin. We'll do it in the encore. No pressure – we'll do it in the encore, people who were at those gigs in the 1980s will come back and we'll get the connection, it'll be cool."
JK: Anyway, so we started doing it in the rehearsal room and people were walking around going "What's the new song? It's incredible. When did you write this?" There was no problem with identity – it sounded like a Simple Minds song. And so we thought "It's too good to do in the encore, let's just throw it right in the set." It went down a storm every night. Most of the people didn't know the song but it went down a storm by the end of it. And so much so that I knew it was really cooking and the day we came back from the States, we had one day in London between coming back and wherever our next engagement was, and I said "Book a studio and let's throw this thing down. It might be a bonus track or whatever." We threw it down and everyone in the room knew it was going to be on the album because it really was a bit special.
MH: Listening to it, and you gave me the tracks in London before it was released, and I remember sending you an e-mail at one o'clock in the morning saying "I remember walking around in London back in the summer years ago when Brian McGee gave me the tracks of Sons And Fascination / Sisters Feeling Call – I was walking through London with this thing no-one else had and I had a different kind of gait, a different kind of step to myself when I was in London and I was listening to these tracks before the album came out – this was the one - because it starts and you think "this is a great intro, it's a great Simple Minds intro" and it's going somewhere, and then the beat comes in and you're thinking "great, another great Simple Minds' song" and then you realise "Oh, wow!" It's just a great song.
JK: It's a great song. We should say for any younger kids that might not know, the Black Rebel Motorbike Club, the singer of the band is Michael's son. And they've also done a version – fairly recently – of Let The Day Begin which is very good.
MH: So this is Simple Minds' version of The Call song, written by the great Michael Been, and it's called Let The Day Begin.

Martin Hanlin
The Real McCoy
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lyrics
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.





discography
Album Version (3:02)
Produced by: Jez Coad and Simple Minds
Engineers: Arjen Mesinga, Simon Dawson
Assistant Engineer: Ben Cunningham
Mixed by: Jez Coad

Graffiti Soul Promo Bonus CD Graffiti Soul Deluxe CD Graffiti Soul Limited Edition LP

Live Version (26th January 2014) (5:33)
Recorded: Palladium, Riga, Latvia
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (27th January 2014) (5:28)
Recorded: Circus, Helsinki, Finland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (29th January 2014) (6:09)
Recorded: Circus, Stockholm, Sweden
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (30th January 2014) (5:57)
Recorded: Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (31st January 2014) (5:50)
Recorded: Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (1st February 2014) (5:44)
Recorded: Huxleys, Berlin, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (3rd February 2014) (5:48)
Recorded: Docks, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (4th February 2014) (5:46)
Recorded: Docks, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (5th February 2014) (5:52)
Recorded: Jovel Music Hall, Munster, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (7th February 2014) (6:04)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Bremerhaven, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (8th February 2014) (6:11)
Recorded: Sparkassen Arena, Aurich, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (9th February 2014) (6:19)
Recorded: Ringlokschuppen, Bielefeld, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (11th February 2014) (6:33)
Recorded: Tollhaus, Karlsruhe, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (12th February 2014) (6:16)
Recorded: Europahalle, Trier, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (14th February 2014) (6:25)
Recorded: Palladium, Köln, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (15th February 2014) (6:36)
Recorded: Konzerthalle, Olsberg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (16th February 2014) (6:10)
Recorded: Capitol, Hannover, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (18th February 2014) (6:20)
Recorded: Phönixhalle, Mainz, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (20th February 2014) (6:31)
Recorded: Werfhalle, Göppingen, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (21st February 2014) (6:11)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Fürth, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (23rd February 2014) (6:01)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Singen, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (25th February 2014) (6:24)
Recorded: Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (26th February 2014) (6:16)
Recorded: Festhalle, Berne, Switzerland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (28th February 2014) (6:19)
Recorded: Incheba Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (1st March 2014) (6:35)
Recorded: Sala Ziemi, Poznan, Poland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (2nd March 2014) (6:10)
Recorded: Stodola, Warsaw, Poland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (9th June 2014) (6:27)
Recorded: KulturPur Festival, Hilchenbach, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (11th July 2014) (6:21)
Recorded: Kunst!Rasen, Bonn, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (24th July 2014) (7:21)
Recorded: Teatro Antico, Taormina, Sicily
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (26th July 2014) (6:54)
Recorded: Banchina San Domenico, Molfetta, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (27th July 2014) (7:52)
Recorded: The Cavea, Rome, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (28th July 2014) (?:??)
Recorded: Piazza Castello, Ferrara, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (29th July 2014) (7:09)
Recorded: Arena Alpe Adria, Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (30th July 2014) (7:41)
Recorded: Gru Village, Turin, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Radio Edit (3:52)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman
Backing Vocals by Sarah Brown

Let The Day Begin Promo CD Let The Day Begin Australian Promo CD Let The Day Begin Japanese Promo CD
Album Version (5:08)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman
Backing Vocals by Sarah Brown

Big Music 5 Track Sampler CD Big Music Promo CD Big Music Promo CD Big Music French Promo CD Big Music French Promo CDs Big Music Hungrian Promo CD Big Music German Promo CD Big Music CD Big Music Limited Edition Deluxe CD Big Music Limited Edition LP Let The Day Promo CD
Instrumental (5:08)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman
Backing Vocals by Sarah Brown

Let The Day Promo CD
Live Version (February-May 2015) (6:03)
Recorded: Big Music Tour 2015
Recorded By: Olivier Gerard
Mixed By: Olivier Gerard at Jet Studios

Live Big Music Tour 2015 Live Big Music Tour 2015




downloads
Live Version (26th January 2014) (5:33)
Recorded: Palladium, Riga, Latvia
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (27th January 2014) (5:28)
Recorded: Circus, Helsinki, Finland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (29th January 2014) (6:09)
Recorded: Circus, Stockholm, Sweden
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (30th January 2014) (5:57)
Recorded: Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (31st January 2014) (5:50)
Recorded: Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (1st February 2014) (5:44)
Recorded: Huxleys, Berlin, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (3rd February 2014) (5:48)
Recorded: Docks, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (4th February 2014) (5:46)
Recorded: Docks, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (5th February 2014) (5:52)
Recorded: Jovel Music Hall, Munster, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (7th February 2014) (6:04)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Bremerhaven, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (8th February 2014) (6:11)
Recorded: Sparkassen Arena, Aurich, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (9th February 2014) (6:19)
Recorded: Ringlokschuppen, Bielefeld, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (11th February 2014) (6:33)
Recorded: Tollhaus, Karlsruhe, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (12th February 2014) (6:16)
Recorded: Europahalle, Trier, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (14th February 2014) (6:25)
Recorded: Palladium, Köln, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (15th February 2014) (6:36)
Recorded: Konzerthalle, Olsberg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (16th February 2014) (6:10)
Recorded: Capitol, Hannover, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (18th February 2014) (6:20)
Recorded: Phönixhalle, Mainz, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (20th February 2014) (6:31)
Recorded: Werfhalle, Göppingen, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (21st February 2014) (6:11)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Fürth, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (23rd February 2014) (6:01)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Singen, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (25th February 2014) (6:24)
Recorded: Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (26th February 2014) (6:16)
Recorded: Festhalle, Berne, Switzerland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (28th February 2014) (6:19)
Recorded: Incheba Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (1st March 2014) (6:35)
Recorded: Sala Ziemi, Poznan, Poland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (2nd March 2014) (6:10)
Recorded: Stodola, Warsaw, Poland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (9th June 2014) (6:27)
Recorded: KulturPur Festival, Hilchenbach, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (11th July 2014) (6:21)
Recorded: Kunst!Rasen, Bonn, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (24th July 2014) (7:21)
Recorded: Teatro Antico, Taormina, Sicily
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (26th July 2014) (6:54)
Recorded: Banchina San Domenico, Molfetta, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (27th July 2014) (?:??)
Recorded: The Cavea, Rome, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (28th July 2014) (?:??)
Recorded: Piazza Castello, Ferrara, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (29th July 2014) (7:09)
Recorded: Arena Alpe Adria, Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (30th July 2014) (7:41)
Recorded: Gru Village, Turin, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB




videography
Album Version (Segment) (1:33)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman
Backing Vocals by Sarah Brown

Let The Day Begin promo video

Radio Edit (3:52)
Produced by Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Mixed by Gavin Goldberg
Assisted by Lewis Chapman
Backing Vocals by Sarah Brown

Let The Day Begin promo DVD Let The Day Begin promo DVD

Live Version (7th April 2015) (6:21)
Recorded: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK


Big Music YouTube




sessions
Billy Sloan, Radio Clyde: 2nd November 2014 (Acoustic version)



live history
Americas Tour: 2013
South Africa / Europe: 2013
Stonehaven: 2013
Greatest Hits + European Tour: 2014
Greatest Hits + Summer Tour: 2014
Big Music European Tour: 2015
Travelling Light: 2016
Acoustic Live: 2017