Dimming of the Day - Bonnie Raitt

This old house is falling down around my ears
I am drowning in a river of my tears
When all my will is gone you hold me sway
And I need you at the dimming of the day

You pull me like the moon pulls on the tide
You know just where I keep my better side

What days have come to keep us far apart
A broken promise or a broken heart
Now all the bonnie birds have wheeled away
And I need you at the dimming of the day

Come the night you're only what I want
Come the night you could be my confidant

I see you on the street in company
Why don't you come and ease your mind with me
I am living for the night we steal away
And I need you at the dimming of the day
Yes I need you at the dimming of the day


Dimming of the Day" is a song written by Richard Thompson and performed with his then-wife Linda Thompson on the 1975 album Pour Down Like Silver.

It has been covered by the Irish band The Corrs for their Irish-themed fifth studio album Home. Other notable covers include those by Bonnie Raitt, Mary Black, and the Blind Boys of Alabama. The latest version is by Alison Krauss & Union Station on their album Paper Airplane. A new duet version is on the debut album of singer/actress Anastasia Barzee.

The song was also covered by Pink Floyd's David Gilmour in 2002 at his semi-acoustic shows in London's Royal Festival Hall; it was released on his David Gilmour in Concert DVD where he introduced the song as "this one's got nothing what-so-ever to do with me but I like it. It's by Richard Thompson and it's called Dimming of the Day."

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