End Of The Day started off as an instrumental piece written by Peter White, long time collaborator of Al Stewart’s, and was the closing track on the 1978 album Time Passages. The intro is a beautiful guitar piece that includes two sections with a lead guitar part over the progression. Al wrote lyrics and that vocal is the second half of the song.
The fingerstyle opening is quite challenging as it has a lot of embellishments, hammer-ons and pull-offs mostly, that need to be played effortlessly and smoothly. The lead played over the progression also needs to be very lyrical and does not need to be played precisely as written, the tab is only a guide.
There is also a basic strumming version with this lesson, which is much like what Al plays when he is performing this with someone like Dave Nachmanoff.