The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #25209   Message #3508716
Posted By: Jeri
25-Apr-13 - 11:43 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Joke and Push About the Pitcher
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Joke and Push About the Pitcher
Except I've heard Jeff [Warner] sing it loads of times, and he always sang "it's not yet day". I didn't hear every time he sang it though.

The difference to me is:
"It's almost day"
[Holy shit! It's almost damned day and I have to drink this stuff before the sun comes up and I have to go home.]
vs
"it's not yet day"
[Hey, people, don't go home just yet! We still have some time to have fun!]

One way is having a mini-panic because the night will soon be over. The other way, the singer is trying to persuade people to stay a little longer, which is more what the verses are about.

...which is just saying what Siochain said, differently.
I first heard Jeff sing the song in 1995-ish, and the words were mostly what were in my first post to this thread. They have since folk-processed into something quite different, and it seems they continue to evolve. Whatever sticks, sticks, but it's hard to sing choruses when those present have different versions. (The "it's not the leaving of Liverpool that grieves me, but my darlin' when I think of theeyou" syndrome.)