Song of the Day: This Is The Life by Amy Macdonald

This Is the Life” is an indie pop / folk song by Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald from her 2007 album of the same title. It was released on 10 December 2007 in UK, and in April 2008 in most of European countries, becoming a major hit worldwide. It has so far been Macdonald’s most successful single, topping six charts and reaching the top ten in 11 charts around the world. The music video consists of pictures of Macdonald and her friends’ night out. As sign of popularity, the song and the music video were included on the French double compilation NRJ Music Awards 2009.

Lyrics:

Oh the wind whistles down
The cold dark street tonight
And the people they were dancing
To the music vibe

And the boys chase the girls, with curls in their hair
While the shocked too many sit way over there
And the songs get louder each one better than before

[Chorus]
And you singing the song thinking this is the life
And you wake up in the morning and your head feels twice the size
where you gonna go, where you gonna go, where you gonna sleep tonight?
And you singing the song thinking this is the life
And you wake up in the morning and your head feels twice the size
Where you gonna go, where you gonna go, where you gonna sleep tonight?
Where you gonna sleep tonight

So you’re heading down the road in your taxi for 4
And you’re waiting outside jimmy’s front door
But nobody’s in and nobody’s home till 4
So you’re sitting there with nothing to do
Talking about Robert Ragger and his 1 leg crew
And where you gonna go, where you gonna sleep tonight?

[Chorus: x2]

……

This song is about how great it is to be a musician. Amy McDonald explained on her website how she came to write this song: “I saw Pete Doherty’s first gig in Glasgow after he left Libertines. It was a great night – he did a little acoustic thing at the aftershow party too, and we got into that. Then me and my pals went back to someone’s house and just sat, passing the guitar round, singing songs. It was a brilliant night. The next morning I wrote ‘This Is The Life’ about it, cause I realized, this is the life.”

Amy Macdonald

Birth name Amy Macdonald
Born 25 August 1987 (age 26)
Origin Bishopbriggs, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Genres Rock, indie rock, folk
Occupations Singer, songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboard
Years active 2007–present
Labels Vertigo, Mercury, Melodramatic Records
Website http://www.amymacdonald.co.uk

image by Ludovic Jacqz

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