Four Seasons in One Day

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"Four Seasons in One Day"
Single by Crowded House
from the album Woodface
ReleasedJune 1992
Format7", CD single, Cassette
GenrePop rock
Writer(s)Neil Finn & Tim Finn
ProducerMitchell Froom & Neil Finn
Crowded House singles chronology

"Four Seasons in One Day" is a 1992 single released by rock group Crowded House. It was co-written by Neil Finn and brother Tim Finn, originally intended for their debut Finn Brothers album; however, it was moved onto the Woodface project as the two projects amalgamated. The song reached #26 on the UK Singles Chart and #47 on the ARIA Charts. It was written about the city of Melbourne as it is commonly known as being a city of "four seasons in one day". For Neil Finn, who was living in the city at the time, Melbourne seemingly has inspired dozens of songs. Neil Finn has told an Australian newspaper that Crowded House was a proud Australian band and most of its songs were inspired in Melbourne.[citation needed]

Speaking to the Melbourne Age after the band won a music award from the newspaper's online poll of 37,000 people, Finn said Melbourne was the "birthplace of Crowded House and was always the town we chose to return to. It's forever deeply ingrained in our collective psyche and was the backdrop for many of our best musical moments."

Finn said lyrics such as "the sun shines on the black clouds hanging over the domain" were actually inspired by driving around Melbourne in his old Holden.

The songs on Woodface were first written in East St Kilda, rehearsed in South Melbourne and mostly recorded in South Yarra and Caulfield. Some of those lyrics first dawned on me as I drove between these places in my old FJ [Holden].[citation needed]

In 2005, a tribute album was created featuring a collection of Neil and Tim Finn's songs reinterpreted by female singers as the album She Will Have Her Way. "Four Seasons in One Day" was performed by Australian multi-instrumentalist Sally Seltmann, who was known by the stage name New Buffalo. The New Buffalo version was primarily recorded in the same way as the Crowded House version, however the song title was shortened to "Four Seasons".

The song was later released on the group's greatest hits collection Recurring Dream and was performed at the group's farewell performance in 1996, Farewell to the World.

After the death of Crowded House drummer Paul Hester, Tim Finn and Neil Finn had been performing together as the Finn Brothers and as a tribute to Hester, played the song in his honour at their performances.


  • 1 Track listings
    • 1.1 UK single
    • 1.2 UK CD single
    • 1.3 Alternate UK CD single
    • 1.4 Australian CD
    • 1.5 Australian extended single
  • 2 Awards
  • 3 External links

UK single

Released as cassette and 7" vinyl.

  1. "Four Seasons in One Day" – 2:48
  2. "There Goes God" – 3:50

UK CD single

  1. "Four Seasons in One Day" – 2:48
  2. "Dr. Livingstone" – 3:57
  3. "Recurring Dream" – 3:24
  4. "Anyone Can Tell" – 3:36

Alternate UK CD single

"Weather with You" and "Italian Plastic" recorded at The Town & Country Club, London, 9 November 1991. "Message to My Girl" recorded live at the Birmingham Town Hall on 5 March 1992, and not previously recorded by Crowded House.

  1. "Four Seasons in One Day" – 2:48
  2. "Weather with You" (live)
  3. "Italian Plastic" (live)
  4. "Message to My Girl" (live)

Australian CD

"There Goes God" recorded in Maastricht, Netherlands.

  1. "Four Seasons in One Day" – 2:48
  2. "There Goes God" (live)
  3. "Tall Trees" – 2:19

Australian extended single

"Italian Plastic" recorded at the State Theatre, Sydney. "Love You til the Day I Die", "It's Only Natural" and "Four Seasons in One Day" recorded at the Newcastle Civic Theatre, Australia.

  1. "Four Seasons in One Day" – 2:48
  2. "Italian Plastic" (live) – 3:34
  3. "Love You till the Day I Die" (live) – 4:50
  4. "It's Only Natural" (live) – 4:27
  5. "Four Seasons in One Day" (live) – 2:59

It was released in Canada but not in the United States.


In 2001 the song was voted by members of APRA as the 84th best New Zealand song of the 20th century.

External links

  • Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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