Day by Day (Godspell song)

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"Day by Day"
Single by Original Cast of Godspell
from the album Godspell
Released 1972
Format 7"
Recorded 1971
Genre Folk rock
Length 3:50
Label Bell Records
Writer(s) Stephen Schwartz
Producer(s) David Greene

"Day by Day" is a song from the 1971 Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak musical Godspell.

Day by Day is the third song in the show’s score and it is also reprised as the closing number for the 1973 film version.[1] Its refrain follows a prayer ascribed to the 13th-century English bishop Saint Richard of Chichester:

May I know Thee more clearly,
Love Thee more dearly,
Follow Thee more nearly.[2]

In 1972, the song was released as a single attributed to the original cast album, with Robin Lamont as the lead singer. It spent 14 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at the #13 position on July 29, 1972.[3] Billboard ranked it as the No. 90 song for 1972.[4]

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  1. ^ Ian C. Bradley (2005). You've Got to Have a Dream: The Message of the Musical. Westminster John Knox Press. p. 142. ISBN 0-664-22854-2. 
  2. ^ Philip H. Pfatteicher (2008). New Book of Festivals and Commemorations: A Proposed Common Calendar of Saints. Fortress Press. p. 159. ISBN 0-8006-2128-X. 
  3. ^ Billboard. July 29, 1972. 
  4. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1972