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“End of the Day”
Made In The AM cover
Information
Album

Made in the A.M.

Released

November 13, 2015

Format

Digital download

Recorded

2015

Length

3:15

Writers

Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Julian Bunetta, Wayne Hector, John Ryan, Ed Drewett, Ryan Kahser and Gamal Lewis

Producer

John Ryan, Julian Bunetta

End of the Day is the fifth track on Made in the A.M. It was exclusively released on November 9, 2015, in advance of the album's November 13 release.

Lyrically, the song describes relationship troubles and learning to be secure in what one knows about love.

Background

"End of the Day" was written by Liam, Louis, Julian Bunetta, Ed Drewett, Ryan Kahser, Wayne Hector and Gamal Lewis.

Julian Bunetta revealed the song was actually left off One Direction's previous album Four. "It was written during Four, at the end of [the sessions for] Four. But it was not the same 'End of the Day' as we know it. It was just a little bit of the melody; it was some of the verse lyrics and some of the chorus melody. It was written at the very, very end of Four, but there was no way it was ever going to get there, and it survived through a year of scrutiny. We re-worked the lyric and re-wrote it. That one was our link to the past. Good chorus."[1]

Some fans have speculated the song could allude to same-sex relationships, with lyrics such as "You love who you love, there ain't no other way" and "Priest thinks it's the devil, my mum thinks it's the flu" in reference to those who condemn gay relationships. The band have not elaborated on the meaning behind the lyrics.

Lyrics

[Harry]
I told her that I loved her, was not sure if she heard
The roof was pretty windy and she didn't say a word
Party dying downstairs, had nothing left to do
Just me, her and the moon

[Niall]
I said you're on fire babe then down came the lightning on me
Love can be frightening for sure

[All]
All I know at the end of the day
Is you want what you want and you say what you say
And you'll follow your heart even though it'll break
Sometimes
All I know at the end of the day
Is you love who you love, there ain't no other way
If there's something I've learnt from a million mistakes
You're the one that I want at the end of the day

At the end of the day
You're the one that I want at the end of the day

[Liam]
Said the night was over, I said it's forever
20 minutes later, wound up in the hospital
The priest thinks it's the devil, my mum thinks it's the flu
But girl it's only you

[Louis]
I said you're on fire babe then down came the lightning on me
Love can be frightening for sure

[All]
All I know at the end of the day
Is you want what you want and you say what you say
And you'll follow your heart even though it'll break
Sometimes
All I know at the end of the day
Is you love who you love, there ain't no other way
If there's something I've learnt from a million mistakes
You're the one that I want at the end of the day

[Louis]
When the sun goes down I know that you and me and everything will be alright
And when the city's sleeping
You and I can stay awake and keep on dreaming
You and I can stay awake and keep on dreaming

[Harry & All]
All I know at the end of the day
Is you want what you want and you say what you say
And you'll follow your heart even though it'll break
Sometimes
All I know at the end of the day
Is you love who you love, there ain't no other way
If there's something I've learnt from a million mistakes
You're the one that I want at the end of the day

At the end of the day
You're the one that I want at the end of the day
You're the one that I want at the end of the day

Reception

"End of the Day" received favorable reviews from critics with Spin.com saying the track begins "with some peppy handclaps, but soon gives way to a sweeping fun.-like declaration of love above all else when everything’s said and done"[2]. Rolling Stone described the song as "fiery" and "catchy enough to be considered two songs" noting the "head-spinning tempo shifts and squealing, distorted guitar solo, illustrates the eclecticism of the group's upcoming fifth LP"[3].

The song is also notable for featuring a particularly high note from Louis Tomlinson with E! Online noting Twitter had "gone ballistic" upon hearing his vocal performance.[4]

Live Performances

End Of The Day - One Direction (London Session)03:14

End Of The Day - One Direction (London Session)


Promotion

"End of The Day" was released to iTunes and Spotify on November 9, 2015. Niall, Harry and Louis all tweeted a link and Niall thanked fans for trending #EndOfTheDay worldwide on Twitter all day[5].

References

  1. Julian Bunetta Interview
  2. Spin Article
  3. Rolling Stone Article
  4. E! Online Article
  5. Niall's tweet

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