Song of the Day #1,058: ‘These Days’ – Ron Sexsmith

In 2002, one year after Blue Boy, Ron Sexsmith released Cobblestone Runway, a disc that marked his most significant leap forward in production values, not to mention confidence.

It’s hard to imagine the Ron Sexsmith of his first few albums recording a duet with Coldplay’s Chris Martin, as he does here on ‘Gold in Them Hills.’

And this is the first album for which I could readily find music videos of the songs. Sexsmith will never be the sort of artist who shows up in the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown, but the fact that he strapped on a guitar and played for the cameras in interesting in itself.

The backing vocals on today’s track are another signal that Sexsmith had started paying more attention to the sound and production of his songs and not just their construction.

Promises are made to be broken haven’t you heard
You said he’d never break your heart now haven’t you learned
You believed in the words and all that they meant
Whoa, but love is not some popular song filled with empty sentiment

That’s what passes for love
That’s what passes for love these days
Oh these days

And it won’t take a miracle darling just keep it real
This world can make us cynical darling I know how it feels
You took it too hard to set on the screen
Oh but love is not displaying a part into very scripted scenes.

That’s what passes for love
That’s what passes for love
That’s what passes for love these days

No one can complete you or make you whole
Well love will come to greet you half way
But the streets are never paved with gold

Promises are made to be broken haven’t you heard.
You said he’d never break your heart now haven’t you learned
You believed in the words and all that they meant
Whoa, but love is not some popular song filled with empty sentiment

That’s what passes for love
That’s what passes for love
That’s what passes for love these days
Oh these days

These days

That’s what passes for love

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,058: ‘These Days’ – Ron Sexsmith

  1. Dana says:

    I must say, I find this song rather boring. I’m with Amy–switch to Newman weekends ASAP:)

  2. Clay says:

    To paraphrase Woody Allen in Hannah and Her Sisters, you don’t deserve Ron Sexsmith!

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