Song Lyric Sunday | “Days Like These” – Janis Ian

Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “days.”


Janis Ian is best known for her breakout hit At Seventeen back in 1975. While she was never a mega-star, Janis had a devoted following and continued to sing and release albums.

In 2000, Janis released her eighteenth studio album, God & the FBI. It didn’t produce any memorable hits, but one track achieved fame because of a television show.

Teen-drama, Dawson’s Creek–which celebrates it’s twentieth anniversary this year–aired it season three finale in May of 2000. Fans will remember the episode, True Love, is where Joey Potter finally broke away from anally-retentive Dawson Leery and ran off for the summer with new love Pacey Witter aboard his boat… the True Love. (This episode also contains the infamous scene of Dawson ugly-crying!)

As Pacey and Joey sail away, the haunting song played in the background is Janis Ian’s Days Like These. It’s about accepting life for what it is. If you don’t put anything in, you won’t get a return. I bought the album after hearing the song once and still listen to it.

The video is a compilation of scenes from season three of Dawson’s Creek. Not the best quality, but the audio is spot on!

(And yes! I watched all six seasons of Dawson’s Creek, own the DVDs, and contributed to a fanfic site! Don’t judge me! 😀 )


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Days Like These

Written and sung by Janis Ian

On days like these
When the rain won’t fall
And the sky is so dry
That even birds can’t call
I can feel your tears
Disappearing in the air
Carried on the breeze
On days like these

Its years like these
That makes a young man old
Bend his back against the promises
That life should hold
They can make him wise
They can drive him to his knees
Nothing comes for free
On days like these

But you can’t reap what you don’t sow
And you can’t plant in fallow ground
So let us fill this empty earth with hope
Until the rains come down

In lives like these
Where every moment counts
I add up all the things
That I can live without
When the one thing left
Is the blessing of my dreams?
I can make my peace
With days like these

I can make my peace
With days like these

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, YouTube, and Google.