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Song of the Day – ‘Thursday’s Child’ by David Bowie (Video and Lyrics)

The ever-lovely David Bowie

I’m wondering how I could have possibly missed ever seeing this video, Thursday’s Child, by my beloved David Bowie.  I remember being nearly brought to tears the first time I heard the song.  It was in 2004.  I was with my son, Hunter at The Reality Tour, David’s final tour.  It’s not a terribly theatrical song; far more heart-wrenching, with a sad beauty, that concludes with a ray of light in the darkness.

“Thursday’s Child”

All of my life I’ve tried so hard
Doing my best with what I had
Nothing much happened all the same

Something about me stood apart
A whisper of hope that seemed to fail
Maybe I’m born right out of my time
Breaking my life in two

Throw me tomorrow
Now that I’ve really got a chance
Throw me tomorrow
Everything’s falling into place
Throw me tomorrow
Seeing my past to let it go
Throw me tomorrow
Only for you I don’t regret
That I was Thursday’s child

Monday Tuesday Wednesday born I was
Monday Tuesday Wednesday born I was
Thursday’s child

Sometimes I cried my heart to sleep
Shuffling days and lonesome nights
Sometimes my courage fell to my feet

Lucky old sun is in my sky
Nothing prepared me for your smile
Lighting the darkness of my soul
Innocence in your arms

Thursdays Child - David Bowie
Studying the aging of the body, but not the heart.

I found the traditional, old fashioned poem that is referenced in the title of the song, which describes the children’s qualities based on the day they were born.

Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
Thursday’s child has far to go,
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child works hard for his living,
And the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.

I was born on a Thursday, it turns out.

Oh, and David Bowie was born on January 8, 1947 — a Wednesday.

(Yeah, I know. I think too hard sometimes, and I love music too much sometimes.)