Ordinary Day (3:59)

Cover of Be Not Nobody

From Be Not Nobody and 12 other releases

Originally titled Ordinary Days, this song first appeared on Vanessa Carlton’s self-titled demo tape from 1999.

“Ordinary Day” is a song written and performed by Vanessa Carlton from her album Be Not Nobody. The single peaked at number thirty on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Carlton wrote the song when she was 17. It is the first song that Vanessa has ever written in only one sitting.

When Carlton performs the song live, she uses some of the original lyrics that she wrote for the song rather than the ones recorded for the album version. On the album, the lyrics at the end of the chorus are “Don’t you see your dreams lie right in the palm of your hand?” and in the live version Vanessa sings “If we walk now, we will divide and conquer this land”.
Vanessa has stated that she had to change the lyrics for the album version due to the label’s disapproval because of the events of September 11th, 2001.
The trademark piano riff from the song was used in the trailer of the 2007 film Martian Child.

Music Video

The music video to the song is a fairly simplistic one. The video was directed by Marc Klasfeld, the same director who directed the music video for her previous hit single “A Thousand Miles”.
The video starts with Vanessa writing the songs title in a diary. As she starts to sing “just a boy, just an ordinary boy”, a boy appears in the back of her. The video continues with clips of her playing piano in a field, along with various people hugging and kissing each other while she sings the song.

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