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Updated: Apr 2

I’m so far away from where I want to be

Caught up in what should or shouldn’t be

Such a difference between what is and what ought to be

Oh, it’s just another day

The bars are full but there’s nobody there

Just the drunks in the corners too stoned to care

And the boardwalk psychos who reach out for my hair

Oh, it’s just another day

There’s a crazy man walking in the middle of the street

With the cars so close the tires practically crush his feet

But he’s marching to his own internal beat

Oh, it’s just another day

He steps back onto the curb once the light turns green

And turns down the alley popping jellybeans

See him passed out on the sidewalk OD’d on Listerine

Oh, it’s just another day

Just another day

The same old scene

Just another day

The same worn-out theme

Just another day

How many ways to sing

Just another day

About the same old tired thing.

The office yentas dish out the dirt

The married overhill bitch tries to flirt

Jehovah’s Jerkoffs do their best to convert

Oh, it’s just another day

I sit at my desk plucking out my eyelashes

While the tech heads repair the usual system crashes

The emergency warning buzzes and flashes

Oh, it’s just another day

Well, I got on the phone and spoke with Denise

She wanted to know why her fee was increased

That’s just the way it goes, I said, just deal and make peace

Oh, it’s just another day

The nameless faceless lost human herd

Full of losers and geeks and yutzes and nerds

Just moves along complacently with nary a word

Oh, it’s just another day

Just another day

Killing precious time

Just another day

Fashioning songs out of loose lines

Just another day

The way to get there from here

Just another day

Has gone and disappeared.

The old hotel is getting ripped down

The construction destruction going on in this town

Kinda leaves you feeling knocked out in the first round

Oh, it’s just another day

So I get in my car and take a drive

To see any signs of this place coming alive

Will there be something happening once I arrive

Oh, it’s just another day

Just another day

Pages and walks

Just another day

Dates and talks

Just another day

Musings and songs

Just another day

Righting some wrongs.

Yesterday was a day that went wrong from beginning to end

Stuck doing things I couldn’t comprehend

It just flat out sucked—just give up trying to pretend

It was just another day

But maybe today will be better—one can always hope

Can’t go on living each day at the end of your rope

Or sliding away down the slippery slope

Oh, it’s just another day

Just another day

A day in the life

Just another day

Stresses and strife

Just another day

The usual things

Just another day

Of which many still sing.

©2023 The Hesh Inc.

Penn Station escalators - original photo by The Hesh Inc.
"And if your train's on time you can get to work by 9, and start your slaving job to get your pay ... "

There are so many songs with the title or theme of "just another day": Paul McCartney, John Mellencamp, Jon Secada, Dr. Dre, Queen Latifah, Lady Gaga, Oingo Boingo, and others. So I didn't feel so bad adding my voice to the chorus of voices bewailing the mundane. Since I entered the work force, it has pretty much been my life.

In the early 2000s, I was writing just about a song per day, during my lunch breaks at work. The activity helped keep me sane in what seemed to be an endless conveyor belt of mind-numbingly similar days, hoping for a brighter future or at least a weekend or other occasion when I could sit at the piano or keyboard and play for an audience. On the afternoon when I wrote this, I had started off just scratching a few lyrics, but then I started combing through my notebook full of throwaway lines I had accumulated since I started working, and by the time I had to go back to the office for the second half of the day, I had written over 2 pages worth. No music though ... but that can be taken care of.

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