An odd choice of mood for a Christmas special as Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush duet on Roy Harper’s classic song of regret. Another Day was originally released on Harper’s first album for Harvest Records, Flat, Baroque And Berserk (1970) the album reaching No.20 on the UK chart. The song was also covered by This Mortal Coil on their debut album It’ll End In Tears (1984) and exquisitely sung by Cocteau Twins’ singer Elizabeth Fraser.
If you are considering buying your first Roy Harper album, Flat, Baroque And Berserk might be a good place to start, then you only need the other seven released on the Harvest label.
As this predates Kate Bush’s collaboration with Harper on The Unknown Soldier (1980) this was probably what led to it with mutual friend Dave Gilmour passing along the phone numbers.
The kettle’s on, the sun has gone, another day
She offers me Tibetan tea on a flower tray
She’s at the door, she wants to score
She dearly needs to say
I loved you a long time ago, you know
Where the wind’s own ‘Forget me nots’ blow
But I just couldn’t let myself go
Not knowing what on earth, there was to know
But I wish that I had ’cause I’m feeling so sad
That I never had one of your children
Then across the room, inside the tomb, a chance has waxed and waned
The night is young, why are we so hung up in each other’s chains?
I must take her and I must make her while the dove domains
And feel the juice run as she flies
Run my wings under her sighs
As the flames of eternity rise
To lick us with the first born lash of dawn
Oh, really, my dear, I can’t see what we fear
Sat here with ourselves in between us
And at the door, we can’t say more than just another day
And without a sound I turn around and I walk away