Four Seasons in One Day

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"Four Seasons in One Day"
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Single by Crowded House
from the album Woodface
ReleasedJune 1992
GenrePop rock
Songwriter(s)Neil Finn & Tim Finn
Producer(s)Mitchell Froom & Neil Finn
Crowded House singles chronology
"Weather with You"
"Four Seasons in One Day"
"It's Only Natural"

"Four Seasons in One Day" is a 1992 single released by rock group Crowded House. It was co-written by Neil Finn and brother Tim Finn, originally intended for their debut Finn Brothers album; however, it was moved onto the Woodface project as the two projects amalgamated. The song's title references a common saying used in Melbourne to describe the city's changeable weather. The song reached number 26 on the UK Singles Chart and number 47 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart. The song also peaked at number 68 in Canada, but was not released in the US.

The song was later released on the group's greatest hits collection Recurring Dream and was performed at the group's farewell performance in 1996, Farewell to the World.

After the death of Crowded House drummer Paul Hester, Tim Finn and Neil Finn had been performing together as the Finn Brothers and as a tribute to Hester, played the song in his honour at their performances.

In 2005, a tribute album was created featuring a collection of Neil and Tim Finn's songs reinterpreted by female singers as the album She Will Have Her Way. "Four Seasons in One Day" was performed by Australian multi-instrumentalist Sally Seltmann, who was known by the stage name New Buffalo. The New Buffalo version was primarily recorded in the same way as the Crowded House version, however the song title was shortened to "Four Seasons".


Neil Finn wrote the song in his flat in East St Kilda, a suburb of Melbourne. The song's title references a phrase used in Melbourne to refer to the city's changeable weather. Finn explained in an interview:

"Four seasons in one day" was a common Melbourne phrase, 'cause you go from a blazing hot, sunny day to raining and then it'd be hailing that night. [Tim Finn] and I were riding in emotional roller coasters a lot of the time and there was a lot of angst around that period. So it was a good description of the many moods of us collectively and individually.[1]

Track listings[edit]

UK single[edit]

Released as cassette and 7" vinyl.

  1. "Four Seasons in One Day" – 2:48
  2. "There Goes God" – 3:50

Both tracks from the "Woodface" album.

UK CD single[edit]

  1. "Four Seasons in One Day" – 2:48
  2. "Dr. Livingston" – 3:57
  3. "Recurring Dream" – 3:24 (remix from "Tequila sunrise soundtrack)
  4. "Anyone Can Tell" – 3:36

Track 1; from the "Woodface" album, track 2; Outtake from the Woodface sessions later to be released on "Afterglow", track 3: Remix Version from "Tequila sunrise" soundtrack, track 4; Outtake from the Woodface sessions" previously released on the Chocolate cake cd single and later to be released on "Afterglow".

Alternate UK CD single[edit]

"Weather with You" and "Italian Plastic" recorded at The Town & Country Club, London, 9 November 1991. "Message to My Girl" recorded live at the Birmingham Town Hall on 5 March 1992, and not previously recorded by Crowded House. All Live tracks exclusive to this release.

  1. "Four Seasons in One Day" – 2:48
  2. "Weather with You" (live) - 6:17
  3. "Italian Plastic" (live) - 3:28
  4. "Message to My Girl" (live) - 3:05

Australian CD[edit]

"There Goes God" recorded in Maastricht, Netherlands.

  1. "Four Seasons in One Day" – 2:48
  2. "There Goes God" (live)
  3. "Tall Trees" – 2:19

Australian extended single[edit]

"Italian Plastic" recorded at the State Theatre, Sydney. "Love You til the Day I Die", "It's Only Natural" and "Four Seasons in One Day" recorded at the Newcastle Civic Theatre, Australia.

  1. "Four Seasons in One Day" – 2:48
  2. "Italian Plastic" (live) – 3:34
  3. "Love You till the Day I Die" (live) – 4:50
  4. "It's Only Natural" (live) – 4:27
  5. "Four Seasons in One Day" (live) – 2:59


Chart (1992) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 47
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[3] 68
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[4] 50
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[5] 33
UK Singles (OCC)[6] 26

Music video[edit]

This was the first Crowded House video made in New Zealand. Director Kerry Brown and producer Bruce Sheridan wanted to emphasise the surreal, fantasy elements of the song, using distinctly Kiwi imagery. Locations included beaches and dense bush on the West Coast, the plains of Central Otago and the Victorian architecture of Oamaru. Scenes of an Anzac Day ceremony and marching girls also highlight the homeland setting. Brown took inspiration from Salvador Dali paintings for the psychedelic effects that were added in post-production.[7]


In 2001 the song was voted by members of APRA as the 84th best New Zealand song of the 20th century.


  1. ^ O'Donnell, John; Crwswell, Toby; Mathieson, Craig (2011). The 100 Best Australian Albums. Hardie Grant Publishing. ISBN 9781742735559.
  2. ^ " – Crowded House – Four Seasons in One Day". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 1905." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  4. ^ " – Crowded House – Four Seasons in One Day" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  5. ^ " – Crowded House – Four Seasons in One Day". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  7. ^ "1992 Four Seasons in one day". Retrieved 23 September 2020.

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