Book of Days (song)

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"Book of Days"
Enyabook.jpg
Single by Enya
from the album Shepherd Moons
B-side"Morning Glory"
ReleasedJuly 1992
Recorded1991
GenreNew-age
Length2:56
LabelWEA
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Nicky Ryan
Enya singles chronology
"How Can I Keep from Singing?"
(1991)
"Book of Days"
(1992)
"The Celts"
(1992)
Music video
"Book of Days" on YouTube

"Book of Days" is a hit song released in two versions, both composed and recorded by Irish musician Enya. The original version, included on the 1991 album Shepherd Moons, was sung in Irish Gaelic. The subsequent 1992 single version was bilingual, with new English lyrics; this version was recorded for Ron Howard's film Far and Away, and scenes from the film feature in the video. The bilingual English-Irish version (2:56) replaced the original pure Gaelic version (2:34)[1] on subsequent pressings of Shepherd Moons from mid-1992 onwards, making the original recording relatively rare.

"Book of Days" became Enya's second top-ten single on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 10, and reached number 12 on the Irish Singles Chart. It was used as a temp track during the editing of James Cameron's film Titanic, for the scene eventually accompanied by the musical cue called "Take Her To Sea, Mr. Murdoch" on the finished soundtrack by James Horner.[2]

Single track listing[edit]

German CD1
No.TitleLength
1."Book of Days"2:56
2."As Baile"4:03
3."Morning Glory"2:30
German CD2
No.TitleLength
1."Book Of Days"2:56
2."On Your Shore"3:59
3."As Baile"4:03
UK Limited Edition
No.TitleLength
1."Book Of Days"2:56
2."Watermark"2:24
3."On Your Shore"3:59
4."Exile"4:20
Japanese EP
No.TitleLength
1."Book Of Days"2:56
2."As Baile"4:03
3."Angeles"3:47
4."Oriel Window"2:22
5."'S Fágaim Mo Bhaile"3:57
6."Caribbean Blue [edit]"3:40

Charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 111
Ireland (IRMA)[4] 12
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[5] 34
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 10

In popular culture[edit]

The song was used in a Toyota advertising campaign for the Carina E in the UK in the early 1990s. It was also used as background music during the Medal Ceremonies at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Berlin. Additionally, the Gaelic version of "Book of Days" was used as the title sequence of the Japanese film Calmi Cuori Appassionati (2001).[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Enya Book of Days". Enya Official Fan Website. 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Filmtracks: Titanic (James Horner)". Filmtracks. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 12 July 2016". Imgur.com. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  4. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Book of Days". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Enya – Book of Days". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  7. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fle1aQ9rlOw

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