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The Call — Let the Day Begin
Album: The Best of The Call
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Released: 1989
Length: 3:43
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Here's to the babies in a brand new world
Here's to the beauty of the stars
Here's to the travellers on the open road
Here's to the dreamers in the bars

Here's to the teachers in the crowded rooms
Here's to the workers in the fields
Here's to the preachers of the sacred words
Here's to the drivers at the wheel

Here's to you my little loves with blessings from above
Now let the day begin
Here's to you my little loves with blessings from above
Now let the day begin, let the day begin

Here's to the winners of the human race
Here's to the losers in the game
Here's to the soldiers of the bitter war
Here's to the wall that bears their names

Here's to you my little loves with blessings from above
Now let the day begin
Here's to you my little loves with blessings from above
Let the day begin, let the day begin, let the day start

Here's to the doctors and their healing work
Here's to the loved ones in their care
Here's to the strangers on the streets tonight
Here's to the lonely everywhere

Here's to the wisdom from the mouths of babes
Here's to the lions in the cage
Here's to the struggles of the silent war
Here's to the closing of the age.

Here's to you my little loves with blessings from above
Now let the day begin
Here's to you my little loves with blessings from above
Let the day begin

Here's to you my little loves with blessings from above
Let the day begin
Here's to you my little loves with blessings from above
Now let the day begin, let the day begin, let the day start
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Anyone else notice how much he sounds like Pete Townsend?
This guy will drink to anything. These days he might be called an enabler.
Here's to Michael Been. May he rest in peace. Cheers!
Here's to The Call.
Such a great song, the definitive rock anthem. I'd love to have seen this performed live back in the day.
Fantastic segue, Bill and Rebecca
Son and Father
I LOVE RP
Why the heck had I given this a 4? Must have been in a bad mood. Upped to 7.
 ppopp wrote:
Horrible song to have to listen to. Cynical bullshit.
 
I'm really curious as to what this guy thinks "cynical" means... because these lyrics are nearly saccharine.
 tadeuluciano39 wrote:
Quando Jordan, uma experiente telefonista do 190, atende a ligação de uma adolescente sendo sequestrada, descobre que o criminoso é um assassino que a traumatizou. Ela então decide assumir as rédeas do caso. OBRIGADO BRAD ANDERSON
 
Umm, WHAT?  (translated via Google:)

When Jordan, an experienced 190 operator, answers the call of a teenage girl being kidnapped, discovers that the criminal is a murderer who traumatized her. She then decides to take charge of the case. THANK YOU BRAD ANDERSON
This is a great way to start any day!

RIP Michael Been.
Here's to never hearing this piece of crud again
I had a grumpy post about them before because the lyrics seemed like a commercial, but this band does have chops.  When the Walls Fell Down is amazing.  Did anyone before them think of using the start of the major scale as a riff?  I can't think of anybody.   
 Edm23Rocha wrote:
First the son, now the father!!! BRMC + The Call!!!!! Brilliant songs!!!!!!!
 
Sometimes repeat playlists really are wonderful.
Gooooood Morning!
All these years... I thought this was Tom Robinson...
OBRIGADO Jon Bokenkamp · Richard D'John Debney


Quando Jordan, uma experiente telefonista do 190, atende a ligação de uma adolescente sendo sequestrada, descobre que o criminoso é um assassino que a traumatizou. Ela então decide assumir as rédeas do caso. OBRIGADO BRAD ANDERSON
First the son, now the father!!! BRMC + The Call!!!!! Brilliant songs!!!!!!!
 DrLex wrote:
This rocks. It just rocks.
 
Certainly does, and BRMC's version does too
This rocks. It just rocks.
 annieb63 wrote:
Have been socially isolating and this just came on and I danced with abandon around my apartment. Needed that release!  Lyrics seem appropriate for today.  Blessings to RP for keeping us sane. Stay well!  Let the Day Begin!
 
You wrote what I was about to. Here's to everyone for keeping us safe, educated, healthy, and supplied.
 Piranga wrote:
A really great song, and apparently the only one from The Call.
 
Don't forget "The Walls Came Down." Also an excellent tune. 
Here's to Radio Paradise for bring such joy to our ears!
Perfect for this wintry morning in isolation ... nicely uplifting !  
Have been socially isolating and this just came on and I danced with abandon around my apartment. Needed that release!  Lyrics seem appropriate for today.  Blessings to RP for keeping us sane. Stay well!  Let the Day Begin!
A really great song, and apparently the only one from The Call.
Thanks for playing this one, Bill. Healthy dose of optimism as my day starts.
 moocray wrote:

I already liked your comment. But I felt need to also reply. I don't have a reason why, but to quote somebody i heard once say, "I love this song, that's all."
 Ditto

Right On...  can't help but love the sentiment to this song...  so catchy... every time I hear it...   I feel love for God... for another day... and for Blessings from above...  !
BRMC also did a great cover of this. 8 for me.
 Proclivities wrote:


In this song his voice sounds more like Peter Townshend's than it does Daltrey's to me.
 
My ears hear Richard Thompson, like it a lot.
 Triquel67 wrote:
this was ruined for me by the beer commercial
 
All the more reason to get rid of cable. No inundation of crap.
 poetdancer wrote:
Today is August 22, 2019, and Michael Been, the lead singer of the Call and the songwriter of this song, died almost exactly nine years ago today, on August 19, 2010. 
 
 I like to think  he recited this song when he passed.  It would be a fitting epitaph.
 mrtuba9 wrote:

I don't that fact was lost on BillG.

Also, I can imagine Dr. Johnny Fever dancing in his chair in WKRP studio to this!
 

Absolutely!!!
Hey, BillG: The day began about 4 hours ago in Atlanta!  

Doesn't matter; sometimes the day truly begins at 6 pm with happy hour.
 poetdancer wrote:
Today is August 22, 2019, and Michael Been, the lead singer of the Call and the songwriter of this song, died almost exactly nine years ago today, on August 19, 2010. 
 
I don't that fact was lost on BillG.

Also, I can imagine Dr. Johnny Fever dancing in his chair in WKRP studio to this!
this was ruined for me by the beer commercial
Today is August 22, 2019, and Michael Been, the lead singer of the Call and the songwriter of this song, died almost exactly nine years ago today, on August 19, 2010. 
 jmkate wrote:
I love this song. that's all. {#Daisy}
 
I already liked your comment. But I felt need to also reply. I don't have a reason why, but to quote somebody i heard once say, "I love this song, that's all."
What a great song thanks bill
Great way to start the morning!  Thanks, Bill..
 Proclivities wrote:


In this song his voice sounds more like Peter Townshend's than it does Daltrey's to me.
 
Agree.
here is to kill me any corner please
Here's to the cliches of the pop singers/Now let the song please end
Let the day begin little Loves!!!    
 bluejay08003 wrote:
 Art_Carnage wrote:
Never has a song screamed so loudly, "Someone make a beer commercial out of me!"
 So loudly that it took a few decades for said commercial to be made...
 
It must have been that the band said "no" to all requests for those decades, cuz I thought this sounded like the perfect beer ad music probably the first time I heard it.
Turn it up!!!
 Art_Carnage wrote:
Never has a song screamed so loudly, "Someone make a beer commercial out of me!"
 So loudly that it took a few decades for said commercial to be made...
 ppopp wrote:
Horrible song to have to listen to. Cynical bullshit.
 
I wonder if you are bringing in your own "stuff" to that assessment. Personally never heard it that way...
Solid 8 for me. Uplifting. Optimistic. Genuine.
If music has power (And I believe it does...) We could use a little more of this kind  of message...
RP = best Streaming sound on the internet
Ghostbusters!
Bill did it!  BRMC followed by The Call. Thanks Bill.

I like to think Michael was feeling optimistic after becoming a father (though sonny was 11 when this was written).
this is so goood
 jmkate wrote:
I love this song. that's all. {#Daisy}
 
"With blessings from above!"
 Baby_M wrote:
Best Roger Daltrey imitation ever.

(Honest.  I like it.  I really do.  The guy does sound like Daltrey, though.)
 

In this song his voice sounds more like Peter Townshend's than it does Daltrey's to me.
 andy.ormsby955 wrote:
Am I the only one to hear a bit of Abba - Mama Mia in this?
 
Yes, I think you are.
WOW!!! Two of my #10's in a row-"Ride My See-saw" was before this!!!
 CyrusPaul wrote:

Michael Been died running sound for BRMC, at a show in Holland.

 
^H at Pukkelpop Festival, Belgium, on August 19, 2010.
 jmkate wrote:
I love this song. that's all. 
{#Daisy}
 

I love this song. that's all. {#Daisy}
Am I the only one to hear a bit of Abba - Mama Mia in this?
Can't say it enough...

BRMC followed by The Call...

the acron fell from a mighty oak and grew to be a dang good tree itself.
AAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhwwwwwwwwwwwwwww this is beyond beyond STELLAR. 
 oldman wrote:

Yes, Michael Been  the vocalist, is the father of the bass player for BRMC.
 

 
Michael Been died running sound for BRMC, at a show in Holland.
Never get tired of this.
 Thin_Air wrote:
Rarely do covers outshine the original but Simple Minds' has in the case of this already quite likeable song.

 
Wow. I looked this up and that version was painful to hear. His vocals were strained and he looked bored in the video. Ouch. 
Guilty pleasure.
This Buds for you?
 Art_Carnage wrote:
Such a completely over the top rock anthem, that it's practically a parody of itself. Never has a song screamed so loudly, "Someone make a beer commercial out of me!"

 

Yes.


Rarely do covers outshine the original but Simple Minds' has in the case of this already quite likeable song.
To me this song is a celebration. 
"Here's to the closing of an age..." 

R.I.P. to the 80's
 ppopp wrote:
Horrible song to have to listen to. Cynical bullshit.

 

Hmm, your comment really confuses me.  I don't think it is cynical.  It's a blessing that with all the difficulties in life and the goodness that exists that the "little one" have a wonderful day.  I personally like that sentiment.
My Coo Ca Choo for grown ups
 Stingray wrote:

Is one of this 4 guys not the father of one of the BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB members...?

MUSIC IS ABSOILUTELY TERRIBLE, if you ask me!
Why no melody? 

 
Yes, Michael Been  the vocalist, is the father of the bass player for BRMC.
 
Horrible song to have to listen to. Cynical bullshit.
I always though it would be easier for them to list the people that they're not toasting. Not sure what that lyric would be. something like "screw you you lousy bastard don't bother getting out of bed"
 Rick_V wrote:
Looove this song! Listening to this song before heading out into the cold world is like tonic for the soul.

 
Nice post and a great, positive song.  
 ppopp wrote:
Corny lyrics.

 
The Call's music is about resistance to fascism, understanding,  love and revolution.  If you try giving them another listen with this context in mind, it might not seem corny at all.  
 robertomiller wrote:
What a great song to wake up to, and start-up the editing system…!! 
 

 
Always enjoyed blasting this song first thing in the morning to get going!!  
Corny lyrics.
Here's to radio paradise!
Excellent Album. That's right, I said album. 1985 goodness.

This Bud's for you?
Absolutely brilliant, only sorry I hadn't heard it before.
 loop6719 wrote:
One of my favorite cassettes from the 90's, very underrated band.

 
Is one of this 4 guys not the father of one of the BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB members...?

MUSIC IS ABSOILUTELY TERRIBLE, if you ask me!
Why no melody? 
One of my favorite cassettes from the 90's, very underrated band.
What a great song to wake up to, and start-up the editing system…!! 
 
 BlueBerryKush wrote:
Oh good song.  Good song.  
 

 
I'll third that and raise you one;  a really really good song!!
Oh good song.  Good song.  
 
Looove this song! Listening to this song before heading out into the cold world is like tonic for the soul.
I thought the next song after ths might well be from BRMC.... a father-to-son segue... and so it was. Lose Yourself. Poignant.
E' Festa (Celebration) - (Mussida, Pagani)
Premiata Forneria Marconi 1972
 
lyrics alone + hot band....{#Dancingbanana}
Cynaera wrote:
This is the song I want to be roused from sleep with, because it's positive, energetic, and pretty powerful.  I love it. It would probably cause me to leap out of bed. (The next scene would be me crouching in pain because my knees refused to acknowledge the positivity of the song, based on their age and infirmation , and sent me to the floor.)

Still - this is a very invigorating song, and in a few weeks, I'll be able to leap out of bed, do ten push-ups, stride to the kitchen and mix a strawberry/banana/flax-seed smoothie in the blender, toss it back, and tackle the day like a soldier off to war.

Yeah, this song just does that to me. It might be the death of me, but if that happens, at least it wouldn't be the death of me because I was sprawled across the davenport of despair (to quote the late Warren Zevon.)

I frellin' LOVE this song.

 

Yes. 
 Art_Carnage wrote:
Such a completely over the top rock anthem, that it's practically a parody of itself. Never has a song screamed so loudly, "Someone make a beer commercial out of me!"

 

I completely agree.
Never heard this before, Iike it, the singer sounds a lot like Pete Townsend.
It would be great if you guys added the new cover of this song, by Michael Been's son, in the band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. It's awesome!

Thanks!

PS I see others have mentioned this - but it's new news to me. :-)
 hbs47 wrote:
It's amazing how I got to my age without hearing bands like this. Just how much else have I missed? 

 
just keep listening and Bill will "school" you, as they would say in rural Georgia (US... not that one in Europe).

I say the same thing about all of the European and English music that I have been introduced to on RP.  Porcupine Tree, Elbow, John Martyn, The Staves come to mind quickly.

 Bill and Rebecca do such a marvelous job.  There's no place like RP !
I always really enjoy the upbeat positive lyrics of this song.
 rabaak wrote:
Heard a version of this by the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. I think one of the members the  Black Rebel Motorcycle Club was a son of one of the members of the Call. And they were doing their version in tribute to his dad.
 
Robert Levon Been from BRMC is the son of Michael Been, singer of The Call.  I saw them play this in December and it was awesome (like the rest of the show)!  They also just released a recording of it on a new EP which you can download for free from their website.  It will also be on their new album coming out in about 2-3 weeks.

What's more, The Call will be reuniting for a couple shows this year with Michael Levon Been of BRMC filling in for his late father!  So far all I've heard of is two shows in April - San Francisco and Santa Cruz, CA.  Definitely going to try to make at least one of those!
It's amazing how I got to my age without hearing bands like this. Just how much else have I missed? 
Heard a version of this by the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. I think one of the members the  Black Rebel Motorcycle Club was a son of one of the members of the Call. And they were doing their version in tribute to his dad.
I am adding this one to my running tunes!
 Cynaera wrote:

I remember KMET!  When I lived in Oregon in the 80's, I used to be able to get that station on my radio, and apart from KINK in Portland, it was my station of choice. Ah, the good old days.  I wonder why so many radio stations are going belly-up? Our local KOYT (Coyote FM) started in 1995 as the closest thing to early FM radio as an entity could get. I, and a bunch of other enthusiasts, were providing our CDs for uploading to their playlist, so we got to hear Jesse Colin-Young as well as Jesse Winchester. It was the first time I'd ever heard Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion" segué into "No More, No More."  I first heard Gregg Allman's "Come And Go Blues" done live and acoustic. It was my station of choice.

Coyote went from amazing rock music to current hits heard on any generic station to "classic" rock. Now, it's something with no music whatsoever - like a Larry King talk-radio show. I don't know why this happened (well, I have my suspicions, but can't prove anything), but it breaks my heart. I had a LOT invested in that fledgling station, and I really wanted to see it survive and thrive.

Sorry. Long, stupid story. It was the mention of KMET's demise that brought back memories of a better time... I am a very large, sentimental dork.

 
Miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this song...

 
 marcc wrote:
man, good tune. i met my wife at a Call / Psych Furs concert, 25-ish years ago. i still remember seeing her dance to them... good times.
  
I was reviewing the recent comments and wanted to say I do love this song.  I love the energy of it.  I know that it is over the top but in a way that works for me.  As always, my appreciation is tinged with nostalgia.  However, I wish marcc had not put a number on my nostalgia to remind me of how old I am.  TWENTY FIVE years ago?  Jeez. 
 rushed wrote:

Cynaera wrote:
This is the song I want to be roused from sleep with, because it's positive, energetic, and pretty powerful.  I love it. It would probably cause me to leap out of bed. (The next scene would be me crouching in pain because my knees refused to acknowledge the positivity of the song, based on their age and infirmation , and sent me to the floor.)

Still - this is a very invigorating song, and in a few weeks, I'll be able to leap out of bed, do ten push-ups, stride to the kitchen and mix a strawberry/banana/flax-seed smoothie in the blender, toss it back, and tackle the day like a soldier off to war.

Yeah, this song just does that to me. It might be the death of me, but if that happens, at least it wouldn't be the death of me because I was sprawled across the davenport of despair (to quote the late Warren Zevon.)

I frellin' LOVE this song.
  
Love that sentiment. Does the same thing for me.

RIP Michael
RIP Cynaera
 
Agree.

Same as to the passing of all, Cynaera, Warren and Michael.  Being sentient has its rewards, but also its drawbacks. 
 rushed wrote:

Love that sentiment. Does the same thing for me.

RIP Michael
RIP Cynaera
 

Actually it sounds like one long campaign promise to me
Such a completely over the top rock anthem, that it's practically a parody of itself. Never has a song screamed so loudly, "Someone make a beer commercial out of me!"
 Cynaera wrote:
This is the song I want to be roused from sleep with, because it's positive, energetic, and pretty powerful.  I love it. It would probably cause me to leap out of bed. (The next scene would be me crouching in pain because my knees refused to acknowledge the positivity of the song, based on their age and infirmation , and sent me to the floor.)

Still - this is a very invigorating song, and in a few weeks, I'll be able to leap out of bed, do ten push-ups, stride to the kitchen and mix a strawberry/banana/flax-seed smoothie in the blender, toss it back, and tackle the day like a soldier off to war.

Yeah, this song just does that to me. It might be the death of me, but if that happens, at least it wouldn't be the death of me because I was sprawled across the davenport of despair (to quote the late Warren Zevon.)

I frellin' LOVE this song.
 
Love that sentiment. Does the same thing for me.

RIP Michael
RIP Cynaera
The Moody Blues "Ride My See-Saw" fades into the "Let the Day Begin," a classic by The Call.  Damn, Bill, you is good!!
 kcar wrote:

The Davenport of Despair...lol...are you related to Edward Gorey? Great post—thank you. This kind of upbeat, charging song isn't around as much these days. 

Edward Gorey, definitely not despairing:

Edward Gorey napping on couch (davenport?) with cats  

  brilliant photo...love a sleep heap.


8—>9
9+  RIP Michael Been
{#Drunk}  This song is making me thirsty!

What a powerful segue from the Moodies !

8 to a 9

Been a long time since I've heard this, nice trip on the way back machine.
 Cynaera wrote:
This is the song I want to be roused from sleep with, because it's positive, energetic, and pretty powerful.  I love it. It would probably cause me to leap out of bed. (The next scene would be me crouching in pain because my knees refused to acknowledge the positivity of the song, based on their age and infirmation , and sent me to the floor.)

Still - this is a very invigorating song, and in a few weeks, I'll be able to leap out of bed, do ten push-ups, stride to the kitchen and mix a strawberry/banana/flax-seed smoothie in the blender, toss it back, and tackle the day like a soldier off to war.

Yeah, this song just does that to me. It might be the death of me, but if that happens, at least it wouldn't be the death of me because I was sprawled across the davenport of despair (to quote the late Warren Zevon.)

I frellin' LOVE this song.
 

This IS the opening song to the morning radio program (5am) on KTIDE in Santa Barbara, CA...love it!
man, good tune. i met my wife at a Call / Psych Furs concert, 25-ish years ago. i still remember seeing her dance to them... good times.
here's to fist pumping arena rock!