Time Lyrics - Pink Floyd
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Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way.
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way.
Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain.
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today.
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you.
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.
So you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again.
The sun is the same in a relative way but you're older,
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.
Every year is getting shorter; never seem to find the time.
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
The time is gone, the song is over,
Thought I'd something more to say.
I like to be here
When I can
When I come home
Cold and tired
It's good to warm my bones
Beside the fire
Across the field
Tolling on the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spell
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Tik tak tik tak.. | Reviewer: Motto Hed | 10/3/13
Great song really. I bought that LP in 70's and I have to say, that song is the one in that album. It hits immediately.
As a matter of fact, there's no dark side... sorry, there's no time at all. We live in eternity.
So, some may think, that it's all the same, how you use your lifetime, in the end.
You can't get anything with you, when it's time to go. No money, no memories, nothing.
Maybe most of the people naturally try to live so good life they can anyway.
Pink Floyds Lyrics | Reviewer: Andy Sherman | 9/6/13
As many reviewers say I heard this song when I was in my teens....and it never made sense to me then. I was more into hard rock music and less into the lyrics...recently when I walked out of my job in LA, jumped in my car and drove all the way back to Dallas TX, I was playing this song more than 5 times...and what strikes me are the words: The sun is a the same in a relative way but you are older...shorter of breath and one day closer to death....Even though the truth is the truth....of the song, I decided the "highway" was far better than the "self pity" of the job...but the lyrics of this song has always motivated me and kept me going
Untitled' | Reviewer: Tee | 7/20/13
Whenever i hear this song, i associate it with a quote that's always in the back of my mind;"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom" ~ Anais Nin .
I'm in the thirties now, and i believe if i lived for another 10 yrs, i would appreciate this song even more. We can not run away from time, it is inevitable; we are humans- we make mistakes- but people should try to make the least possible ones as to not have many regrets as we grow older. Reminds of me this movie " Magnolia". Do not ever take life for granted.
Ps: been quiet a while since i've seen comments without lots of arguments and swearing over the internet. FLOYD FANS ARE DIFFERENT!
Sorry for the bad english! Greetings from EGYPT!
Time..it sure flew by since I 1st heart it | Reviewer: JoJo | 6/7/13
and then one day you find,ten years have got behind you,no one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun..no words are more true..I was 16 when I heard this for the first time and I somehow knew it would stick with me 4 ever and it has 4 decades later.. most prophetic song I ever heard..touche' Pink Floyd "-)
To the last guy | Reviewer: Roy | 10/22/12
Apparently you only listened to this song, then. The entire cover of this album by The Flaming Lips is superb, almost as great as the original.
However, it still doesn't compare to listening to DSOTM through.
what | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/6/11
i listened to the flamming lips cover and honestly why listen to that when Pink Floyd's version is so much better. I good cover thats not just the same generic covers is Dubside of the moon by the Easy Star All-Stars
Time is timless. | Reviewer: BDAqua | 10/7/11
Whew, it's uncanny, the musical heart beat, the alarm, not only are the words prophetic, but uncannily it not only rhymes, but has no added words to make it rhyme!???
Pure genius, & the theme actually carries out in oh so many of their songs/albums from Atom Heat Mother onwards to the end.
Astronomy Domine, Echoes, Comfortably Numb, The Wall,etc...
Buddhist Translation | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/12/11
I'm translating a Buddhist text right now with some friends, where it talks a lot about the fleeting nature of time, and how we shouldn't let it go by in vain. It immediately reminded me of this song, so I read some lines of it. Everyone really liked it.
Cover by the flaming lips | Reviewer: AJ | 11/5/10
This song is one of the most beautiful, meaningful songs of all time. The entire album was. The flaming lips covered the entire album and released it, and for all you true floyd fans its worth listening to, trust me. The first time i listened to the cover of time, when the vocals started, i started tearing, it was beautiful. Listen to the cover, your life won't be the same :)
For Mike | Reviewer: Jo | 10/3/10
@Jean. There is a lot of comfort in this song. I know your nephew hears you, keep playing the song, talk to him, he hears you. I am sorry for your loss, I lost my brother to suicde in 05. May they be at peace.
Ode to Mike | Reviewer: Jean | 9/5/10
I used to send these lyrics to my son or just play the song to his voice mail, periodically, to remind him we are only on the planet a short time.
He was trying to regain his lost high school years at the time. It became our reality check with each other. We spoke "Floydian" to each other for many happy years.
Sadly, he passed on at the age of 44. I know he is shining on as my crazy diamond.
Remaining comfortably numb, I will celebrate his life with his brother, sister and my granddaughter at the wall concert in 2010. Thirty years after I attended the original.
I know he'll nod if he can hear us.
Fritter away... | Reviewer: Piers | 8/4/10
This song scares the shit out of me, because the lyrics sound so much like me. Thankfully I'm still 18 and on my way to working at what I love. Thankyou Pink Floyd for making a song this catchy with such an important message as well. Now I'll never forget it.
The hour is late | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/14/10
I remember writing about this song in an English exam I had back in high school. I was supposed to choose a poem we had studied during the semester, but nothing resonated with me the way this song did.
As a 16 year old kid the words both summarized my present and warned me of a possible future. That was almost 30 years ago now. So far my life has been lived with few regrets.
Sure, I never wrote that great novel I had always planned on ("Half a page of scribbled lines" and the rest)but I had been all through China and lived in Tibet twice by the time I was 22. I've watched the sun set over the Ganges in Banares and seen it rise over Machu Picchu. I've loved and I've laughed and I've lived.
If tomorrow never comes, then I'm grateful for the time I've had. Life is but a moment, and the hour is always late.
Nassraddin Alrezzagi | Reviewer: Nassraddin | 6/12/10
" And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but it's sinking,Racing around to come up behind you again,The sun is the same in a relative way, but you're older,Shorter of breath and one day closer to death "
They are more than just words more than just a song, Thank you Pink Floyd this song never die.
A timeless poem made into a song | Reviewer: TA | 6/11/10
I probably first heard this song when I was in my twenties, but I don't think the words resonated with me at tht time. I think I was in my thirties when I connected with it again and ever since that time the words have become stronger with each year I live. I sort of consider my change from indifference to deep recognition and reflection to be much like the words of the song - "Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day. Fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way" would describe my teens when time seemed limitless, it was if it couldn't pass quickly enough in order that I graduate from secondary school and get on with my life as a young adult. "Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town. Waiting for someone or something to show you the way. Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain. And you are young and life is long and there is time to kill today" is an extension of that abundance of time, however now as I pass through my twenties, university a graduate degree, at this stage I am beginning to recognize that time is running and maybe there could have been better, more constructive uses of that abundance of time I pissed away in my youth.
"And then one day you find ten years have got behind you. No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun" is reflective of the cold stark reality that time will eventually run out for us all and that there is no time like th future to make the most of each day, whatever that may be, a smile to a stranger, holding the door for the person behind you, giving some change to the guy on the street corner with his hand out, that there's no "I'll do it tomorrow". If you do, you've "missed the staring gun". Life begins today, and every day is new and you have to make the most of it. don't ever go to sleep thinking you wasted the day. Always consider what good you can do in a day and go to sleep content for what you have done and try to do better the next day. I believe that is the best we can do, to always try to do good each day and then wake-up the next and try to do even better.
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