Thursday

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"Thursday"
a song by The Features
 
Performed By: The Features

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"Thursday" is a song written and performed by The Features. From its thin guitar intro to its belted, epic close five minutes later, "Thursday" is perhaps The Features' most noteworthy song in their history as it has weathered all the band's line-up changes, remained in the setlists the longest, has been played live more times than any other, and stands out in the band's setlist as their epic show stopper.

The song was probably written sometime in late 1996 or early 1997. It was described as "new" when played live on the radio for the Thunder 94 show, although the exact date of that show is unknown. The song was then recorded for the band's full-length debut, and while the rest of the album was not released, "Thursday" was released in 1999 as a 10" single on Spongebath Records, even though Don Sergio and Jason Taylor had left the band by then and the band had re-tooled the song considerably as a four-piece band without Sergio's noteworthy lead guitar.

Curiously, the band seems never to have recorded the song again. It would have been logical to have re-recorded it during the Mahaffey Sessions, but no new recordings have surfaced of the song or have been rumored to have been made. This leaves this fan-favorite staple of their live sets only available on an out-of-print vinyl that sounds very different from its present form.

Lyrics

These lyrics were transcribed by message board members HeyItsBriggs, featuresgirl, and JustAnotherDrive.[1]

Thursday is the only day that I've been looking forward to
'Cause Thursday is the only day that on my way I run into you.
I've been trying hard, I've been trying hard for a while.
Changed my walk and my talk and my hair try and make you smile.
Ya da da da

Try and talk to you, speak to you, tell you what's on my mind.
You don't wanna hear about it ,know about it. That's just fine.
Give me a sign. Let me know everything's OK.
I don't know if I can hide all these feelings I've tried to convey.
Ya da da da

Hey hey hey
Why'd you have to say those things?
I've got a fragile heart
It's been torn apart at the seams.
Try and talk to you, speak to you, tell you what's on my mind.
You don't wanna hear about it, know about it. That's just fine.

Hey.
Hey.
Hey.

Recorded Versions

There are no known studio recordings of this song.

It should be noted that the recordings mentioned above, the Dortch sessions and the Thursday 10" single, are actually the same recording.

Performances

This song has 7 documented performances.

PerformanceSlotEncore?VenueCity
2002-03-10 at NXT Generation12noNXT GenerationNashville, TN
2002-04-24 at David Lipscomb University15noDavid Lipscomb UniversityNashville, TN
2002-10-25 at Barretones9noBarretonesLouisville, KY
2002-12-07 at Southpaw7noSouthpawBrooklyn, NY
2004-01-24 at 12th & Porter20no12th & PorterNashville, TN
2004-03-24 at Blue Cat's14noBlue Cat'sKnoxville, TN
2004-10-01 at The Black CatnoThe Black CatWashington, DC

Tournament of Features Songs Results

Given its popularity with fans and historical position as the closing song for each set, one would expect "Thursday" to fare very well in the Tournament of Features Songs. However it has only made the Final Four once and has never reached the Championship round.

"Thursday" appeared in the very first tournament in 2002. It was grouped into the "North" region as the #1 seed.

  • Defeated "M.E." by a score of 4 to 3 in the First Round
  • Defeated "Attention" by a score of 8 to 3 in the Second Round
  • Lost to "Circus" by a score of 2 to 7 in the Sweet Sixteen

In 2003, the song was grouped into the "Midwest" region as the #6 seed.

In 2004, the song was grouped into the "Phoenix" region as the #5 seed.

In 2005, the song was grouped into the "Old Favorite" region as the #1 seed.

  • Defeated "Rabbit March" by a score of 18 to 1 in the First Round
  • Defeated "Oh My Love" by a score of 7 to 5 in the Second Round
  • Defeated "God Save Rock and Roll" by a score of 10 to 7 in the Sweet Sixteen
  • Lost to "Dark Room" by a score of 6 to 9 in the Elite Eight

In 2006, the song was grouped into the "Old Favorite" region as the #2 seed.

  • Defeated "Harold" by a score of 12 to 7 in the First Round
  • Defeated "Buffalo Head" by a score of 13 to 8 in the Second Round
  • Lost to "See You Through" by a score of 5 to 16 in the Sweet Sixteen

In 2010, the song was grouped into the "Spongebath" region as the #3 seed.

  • Defeated "Rabbit March" by a score of 10 to 3 in the First Round
  • Defeated "33 1/3" by a score of 4 to 3 in the Second Round
  • Defeated "Armani Suede" by a score of 6 to 5 in the Sweet Sixteen
  • Defeated "Paid to Think" by a score of 9 to 1 in the Elite Eight
  • Lost to "Circus" by a score of 3 to 6 in the Final Four

In 2013, the song was grouped into the "Mark" region.

References

  1. Features Message Board Archive: Thursday