Song of the Day #3,977: ‘The Day and the Time’ – Shakira

‘The Day and the Time’ is a track from Shakira’s 2005 album Oral Fixation, Vol. 2, an English-language record that was released five months after Fijación Oral, Vol. 1, a Spanish-language counterpart.

Most of the songs on each album are unique, but two overlap. Today’s track is the English-language version of a song called ‘Dia Especial.’ The same music is used but Shakira’s vocal track is replaced.

As with most of Shakira’s work, I greatly prefer this track in Spanish. Her English-language work has improved over the years but she is always superior in her native tongue.

[Verse 1]
Who’s to say that we always have to agree
I think we can both can take this one mistake
Like some kind of amnesty
Why to love and with such brutality?
We’re compatible, maybe a bit too much
That’s our ambiguity
I’ve cried a thousand storms
I’ve blown away the clouds
The heartbeat of the sun is racing mine
And listen how my heart is waiting

[Chorus]
This is the day and the time
I wanna believe that we may still have a chance
We took a leap in the dark
And I can see now
How shadows have turned to light

[Verse 2]
Well, we know how ephemeral are things
Disillusion takes what illusion gives
What’s the use of make believe?
The needles of the clock
Are moving right to left
Pretend we never heard of things we said
Like we’ve been deaf
And start all over

[Chorus]
This is the day and the time
I wanna believe that we may still have a chance
We took a leap in the dark
And I can see now
How shadows have turned to light

[Bridge]
The heartbeat of the sun is racing mine
And listen how

[Chorus]
This is the day and the time
I wanna believe that we may still have a chance
We took a leap in the dark
And I can see now
How shadows have turned to light
The time

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,977: ‘The Day and the Time’ – Shakira

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Her lyrics tend to be a bit clunky in English. “Well, we know how ephemeral are things.” Maybe they are this way in Spanish as well, but we wouldn’t notice.😀

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