Thursday, 24 February 2011


You might know this song. You might love it, just as much as me. This is probably my favourite song in all the world. But it is also my most poignant song. Listen. And then check out those lyrics. I first heard the song in my teens, and didn't really "get" what the song was dealing with. From the perspective of 30, with some of my dreams lying in waste behind me, this song has far more resonance. Ask me again in ten years what I think of this song, and I will probably cry. Enjoy! These seven minutes are worth your time.

Time - Pink Floyd

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.


  1. That's an excellent and poignant song. For poignancy, I really like John Lennon's "Watching the Wheels." The song is poignant in and of itself and then there is the context of everything unrealized.

  2. Great song, great album, great band. This is definitely a song that inspired me to make some changes in my life about ten years ago.