"Days Go By"
is the title of a single by Keith Urban
, written by Urban and Monty Powell. The song was the lead-off single for his Be Here
album, which ends with a variation called "These Are the Days.". It became Urban's fifth Number One single, spending four weeks at the top of the Billboard
U.S. Hot Country Songs
chart in late 2004.
Starting with an acoustic guitar
phrase and then built in D major
around Urban's typical up-tempo banjo
-driven riffs with exuberant vocal yelps and electric guitar
fills, the song's message is a variation on the carpe diem
theme, as played off the song's title phrase.
Australian Track Listing
- Days Go By (Australian Re-Mix)
- Days Go By (Album Version)
- These Are The Days (Album Version)
A portion of the song's music video
shows Urban appearing to walk forwards, while everyone else about him is walking backwards; this segment was actually filmed in reverse, with Urban walking backwards. The video won a CMT
Award for Best Video of 2005.
In another part of the video, Urban makes a hand gesture, holding it parallel to the ground while raising and lowering it in an undulating motion, illustrating the "out the window in the wind" lyric. This inspired a colloborative project in which Urban fans videoed themselves imitating the motion while doing purposeful things, most often by visiting recognizable landmarks such as the Washington......