It's just that I've been losing so long
May 15, 2012 8:06 AM Subscribe
I've been out walking
posted by Kelly Tulsa (31 comments total)
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. I don't do too much talking these days
Written by Jackson Browne in the mid-60s when he was 16, the melancholy "These Days" has been recorded by many artists over the years in differing styles.
From the Wikipedia article
In the mid-to-late 1960s Browne was a precocious songwriter who was pitching his material to various artists and publishing houses. On January 7, 1967 he made some demo recordings for Nina Music Publishing at Jaycino Studio in New York City (an unplanned double album of these recordings was made by Nina Music, with 100 copies issued). Included in these demos, and the third song on this "record," was "I've Been Out Walking," the earliest manifestation of "These Days". Yet the song was even older than that; Browne would later say he wrote it when he was sixteen years old, meaning in 1964 or 1965.
German model and singer Nico was the first to record "These Days" for release, on her October 1967 album Chelsea Girl. The production featured a fairly fast, almost upbeat fingerpicking electric guitar part by Browne (suggested by Andy Warhol), combined with strings and flutes (added after the fact by producer Tom Wilson, without Nico's knowledge).
While Nico never achieved much commercial visibility, her work caught the attention of other musicians and songwriters. And of Browne's catalogue during this period, "These Days," along with his "Shadow Dream Song," were regarded as his gems.