Days Go By (Keith Urban song)

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"Days Go By"
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Single by Keith Urban
from the album Be Here
Released 29 June 2004
Format CD single
Genre Country, country pop
Length 3:44
Label Capitol Nashville
Songwriter(s) Monty Powell
Keith Urban
Producer(s) Dann Huff
Keith Urban
Keith Urban singles chronology
"You'll Think of Me"
"Days Go By"
"You're My Better Half"
"You'll Think of Me"
"Days Go By"
"You're My Better Half"

"Days Go By" is a song co-written and recorded by Australian country music artist Keith Urban. It was released in June 2004 as the lead-off single from his album Be Here. It became Urban's fifth Number One single, spending four weeks at the top of the Billboard U.S. Hot Country Songs chart in late 2004. Urban wrote this song with Monty Powell.


Starting with an acoustic guitar phrase and then built in D major around Urban's typical up-tempo banjo/mandolin-driven riffs with exuberant vocal yelps and electric guitar fills, the song's message is a variation on the carpe diem theme, as played off the song's title phrase.

Music video[edit]

A portion of the song's music video shows Urban appearing to walk forwards, while everyone else about him is walking backwards. This segment was actually filmed in the opposite direction, with Urban walking backwards.[1]

In another part of the video, Urban makes a hand gesture, holding it parallel to the ground while raising and lowering it in an undulating motion, illustrating the line "I can feel it flying like a hand out the window in the wind". This inspired a colloborative project in which Keith Urban fans videotaped themselves imitating the motion while doing purposeful things most often by visiting recognizable landmarks (such as the Washington Monument, Yellowstone National Park, The Parthenon) and the most modest places, like Paducah, Kentucky. A compilation containing those videos was seen on the large image wall backdrop as the song was performed during Keith Urban's 2007 Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy World Tour.[2]

The video won the CMT Award for Best Video of 2005.[3]

Other performances[edit]

"Days Go By" is one of Urban's songs with the most pop and rock crossover appeal, and was featured in his sets at both the Live 8 concert in Philadelphia in 2005 and the Live Earth concert in New Jersey in 2007.

Chart performance[edit]

On the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, the song reached number one and remained there for four consecutive weeks until it was knocked off by "Suds in the Bucket" by Sara Evans.

Chart (2004) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 31
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 10
Preceded by
"Girls Lie Too"
by Terri Clark
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number one single

18 September-9 October 2004
Succeeded by
"Suds in the Bucket"
by Sara Evans


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