Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Music – ​Song #122

John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers
​”Gimme One More Day” —

John Mayall is an English blues singer, guitarist, organist and songwriter, whose career spans over sixty years. In the 1960’s, he was the founder of John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, and band that has counted among its many members some of the most famous blues and blues rock musicians. They include the likes of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, Walter Trout and Coco Montoya and others.

John Mayall has released more than fifty albums either with the Bluesbreakers or solo and he is still performing although turning 84 years old in 2018. He was inducted to the Blues Hall of Fame in 2016.

“Gimme One More Day”, was written by Mayall and he sings about his personal slide into alcoholism and subsequent recovery. Blues musicians are often exposed to temptation to drink because the blues are often performed in bars, before audiences interested in drowning sorrows or just cutting loose.

“It may seem like a contradiction to be playing a song (saying) ‘don’t drink’ when your gig depends to a large extent on how much (business) they do at the bar, and we do a great bar business,” Mayall said.

“It’s up to each individual. The point of putting something like this on the record is to make them think about it.”

Some of the lyrics in “Gimme One More Day”  are straight from the twelve-step program for Alcoholics Anonymous. Mayall uses the slogans, “one day at a time” and “keep coming back” as if he too had been a member of Alcoholics Anonymous. 

“Gimme One More Day” has special meaning to me personally because it’s almost as if the person Mayall sings about in the song is me. While I was desperately trying to recover from alcohol and drug addiction I would play this tune in my head as a therapeutic means of coping with the times in life that I struggled with my addictions the most. In the second verse Mayall says, “Now for every day sober, the more it’s alright being me”. These words always seemed so very powerful to me. The music played on the guitar in the song sings out such positive vibrations. I would recommend this song to anyone fighting their addictions because it gives the best advice. One day at a time, keep coming back, another day of being clean, stay away from where I’ve been and building a new life and dream are key terms in achieving sobriety.

I was a liquor store outlaw
ridin’ on the devil’s train
I was headin’ for trouble
like a mad dog broke his chain
I had my 80 proof poison
steady fuel all in my brain

I was a liquor store outlaw
daddy’s gone to an early grave
I could be drinkin’ and sinkin’
never know how I’ll behave
I feel I gotta’ be drownin’
to help me ride on against the wave

Gimme one more day
another one more at a time
Gimme one more day
workin’ on this life of mine
Cuz’ the way I feel
everything gonna work out fine

I was hurtin’ all over
until I found the light to help me see
I certainly found some
helping hands to set me free
Now for every day sober
the more it’s alright being me

Gimme one more day
another one day being clean
Gimme one more day
stay away from where I’ve been
cuz’ today I feel
this old life can build a dream

Gimme one more day
keep comin’ back
Gimme one more day
keep comin’ back
cuz’ today I feel
​I’m riding on a brand new track

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