John Mellencamp – Just Another Day

This song and “Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First) came out around the same time off the album Mr. Happy Go Lucky in 1997.

This album was his first album released after his 1994 heart attack and some of the music dealt with his brush with death. The cover artwork caused some controversy with Walmart. They didn’t like that it depicted Jesus and the Devil with Mellencamp holding what looked like to them to be a dead boy. He told them that no…that was his son Hud and he was asleep at the time. The artwork was changed because Mellencamp didn’t care since he didn’t design it. Jesus and the Devil were taken off. As long as the music didn’t have to change he was alright.

The song peaked at #46 on the Billboard 100 and  #1 in Canada in 1997.

Some trivia about Mellencamp. Mellencamp’s first manager, Tony DeFries, gave him the name “Johnny Cougar.” He started using “John Cougar Mellencamp” in the early ’80s and eventually dropped the “Cougar.” DeFries is the same guy who persuaded David Jones to change his name to David Bowie. With Bowie I understand because of Davy Jones…but Cougar?

Mellencamp released the album “Strictly a One-Eyed Jack” this year and it contained three songs with Bruce Springsteen… “Wasted Days, A Life Full of Rain, and Did You Say Such a Thing.

John Mellencamp on the song: “That was what the record company wanted to put out as the first single. They said, ‘It sounds familiar.'”

Just Another Day

Bobie Doll and Big Jim Picato
Call me up every single day
They don’t work and they don’t want to
Come on down to some damn café

Bobie Doll tells me, “Live in the moment”
Don’t get too far ahead, don’t live in the past
I blink my eyes and the moment is over
I guess another day has passed

But it’s just another day
It’s just another day
Watching girls on the street
Well, that’s alright with me
And it’s just another day

Bobie Doll and Big Jim Picato
Always there with their free advice
They’ve got pearl-handled pistols under their vests
They want me to go out drinkin’ with them tonight

But it’s just another day
It’s just another day
Watchin’ girls on the street
Well, that’s alright with me
And it’s just another day

You’ve got clean white sheets in the mornin’
Conversation all afternoon
Bobie Doll and Big Jim Picato, baby
And me and you

But, it’s just another day
Just another day
Watching girls on the street
Well, that’s alright with me
And it’s just another day

Well, it’s just another day
It’s just another day
Watching girls on the street
Well, that’s alright with me
And it’s just another day