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Realizing Resonance’s Top 10 Songs About Time

By Realizingresonance @RealizResonance

Given that the theme of the month is the Philosophy of Time, I thought it would be fun to list Realizing Resonance’s Top 10 Songs about Time. I have also included some lyrical snippets that illustrate the philosophical draw of these 10 great tracks.

#10: “Child in Time” by Deep Purple

Sweet child in time, you’ll see the line

 

Line that’s drawn between the Good and the Bad

 

See the blind man, he’s shooting at the world

 

Bullets flying, ooh taking toll

 

If you’ve been bad - Oh Lord I bet you have

 

And you’ve not been hit oh by flying lead

 

You’d better close your eyes, you’d better bow your head

 

Wait for the ricochet

#9: “The Longest Time” by Billy Joel

If you said goodbye to me tonight

 

There would still be music left to write

 

What else could I do

 

I’m so inspired by you

 

That hasn’t happened for the longest time

#8: “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper

Lying in my bed I hear the clock tick

 

And think of you

 

Caught up in circles confusion

 

Is nothing new

 

Flashback warm nights

 

Almost left behind

 

Suitcase of memories

 

Time after

 

Sometimes you picture me

 

I’m walking too far ahead

 

You’re calling to me, I can’t hear

 

What you said

 

Then you say go slow

 

I fall behind

 

The second hand unwinds

 

If you’re lost you can look and you will find me

 

Time after time

 

If you fall I will catch you I’ll be waiting

 

Time after time

#7: “Caught Somewhere in Time” by Iron Maiden

If you had the time to lose

 

An open mind and time to choose

 

Would you care to take a look

 

Or can you read me like a book

 

Time is always on my side

 

Time is always on my side

 

Can I tempt you, come with me

 

Be Devil may care fulfill your dream

 

If I said I’d take you there

 

Would you go, would you be scared

 

Time is always on my side

 

Time is always on my side

 

Don’t be afraid, you’re safe with me

 

Safe as any soul could be…Honestly

 

Just let yourself go

 

Caught somewhere in time

 

Caught somewhere in time

 

Caught somewhere in time

#6: “Whisper in Time” by Bad Religion

All those stories that my dad told me

 

They are just a whisper in time

 

All those things that never came to be

 

They are just a whisper in time

 

A whisper in time, a whisper in time

 

Things that I can’t shake from my mind

 

A whisper in time, a whisper in time

 

Moments that just flicker and die

 

All those places I wanted to go

 

They are just a whisper in time

 

All those friends who now I do not know

 

They are just a whisper in time

 

Maps and roads that brought me here today

 

They are just a whisper in time

 

Circumstances that were explained away

 

They are just a whisper in time

 

Because we are messengers of memory

 

Just whispers in time

#5: “Essence of Time” by isa (my old band with my bro Devin Roberts)

Words of wisdom

 

Cloaked in love but meaningless

 

Don’t wish for what you can’t have

 

When time and love don’t coalesce

 

But time is of the essence

 

And the essence is loaded up

 

With violent words in passages

 

Where do we go from here

 

All this time is floating away

 

Where do we go from here

 

All my love is floating away

 

It’s always the same

 

Time is of the essence

 

And the essence is fading away

 

Stuck in this atmosphere of worry

 

Oh it carries on

 

I swear its hard to breathe

 

Oh everything is still and waiting for to come around

 

Day after day it’s all the same

#4: “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day

Another turning point

 

A fork stuck in the road

 

Time grabs you by the wrist

 

Directs you where to go

 

So make the best of this test

 

And don’t ask why

 

It’s not a question

 

But a lesson learned in time

 

It’s something unpredictable

 

But in the end it’s right

 

I hope you had the time of your life

#3: “Somewhere in Time” by Savatage

So what can I tell you

 

If life’s the length of this play

 

Perhaps God gave the answers

 

To those with nothing to say

 

The years are forgiven

 

If God’s forgiving and kind

 

Perhaps we’ll all find the answers

 

Somewhere in time

 

Somewhere in time

 

I’ve been changing

 

Redefining

 

All the things I thought I knew

 

So long ago

 

When I was flying

 

Through the years that seem so far away

 

In the back of a reason

 

In the back of my mind

 

Where I’ve piled up the seasons

 

That I’ve traded for time

 

I’ve been grasping at rainbows

 

Hanging on till the end

 

But the rain is so real lord

 

And the rainbows pretend

 

The rainbows pretend

#2: “Got the Time” by Anthrax

If I, Tell Ya What I’m Doing Today

 

Will You, Shut up and Get out of My Way

 

Someone Ask Me What the Time Is, I Don’t Know

 

Only Know I Gotta Go Now

 

No Time, Tryin’ Ta Get a Watch Repaired

 

No Time, Never Got a Thing to Wear

 

Little Ringin’ on the Telephone

 

Oh No, Hear a Ringin’ in My Head Now

 

No Such Thing as Tomorrow

 

All We Want

 

Two, Three, Go!

 

Time, Got the Time Tick Tick Tickin’ in My Head

 

Time, Got the Time Tick Tick Tickin’ in My Head

 

Time, Got the Time Tick Tick Tickin’ in My Head

 

Tickin’ in My Head, Tickin’ in My Head, Tickin’ in My Head

#1: “Time” by Pink Floyd

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day

 

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

 

And 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

 

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

 

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 quiet desperation is the English way

 

The time is gone, the song is over, thought I’d something more to say

 


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