Dimming of the Day

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"Dimming of the Day"
Song by Richard and Linda Thompson
from the album Pour Down Like Silver
ReleasedNovember 1975
Recorded1975
GenreBritish folk rock
Length7:16
LabelIsland
Songwriter(s)Richard Thompson
Producer(s)Richard Thompson and John Wood

"Dimming of the Day" is a song written by Richard Thompson and performed with his then-wife Linda Thompson on their 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, Emmylou Harris, and the Blind Boys of Alabama, it was also featured, performed by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, in John Sayles' 1999 film Limbo, being notable as marking an important story beat. Another important cover is by Alfie Boe, from his album ’Trust’, featuring Shawn Colvin.

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." The Dutch musician Gerard van Maasakkers recorded a version with a text in Brabantine, a Dutch dialect, As 't Dalijk Donker is (on his CD Zicht, 2006). Tom Jones performed the song in a concert broadcast by BBC4 and also on his 2012 album Spirit in the Room. Another 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, and the album takes the name of this song.


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