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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




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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