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Tom Petty — Time To Move On
Album: Wildflowers
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Released: 1994
Length: 3:14
Plays (last 30 days): 3
It's time to move on, it's time to get going
What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, baby, grass is growing
It's time to move on, time to get going

Broken skyline
Movin' through the airport
She's an honest defector
Conscientious objector
Now her own protector

A broken skyline
Which way to love land?
Which way to something better?
Which way to forgiveness?
Which way do I go?

Yeah, it's time to move on, time to get going
What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, baby, grass is growing
It's time to move on, time to get going

Sometime later
Getting the words wrong
Wasting the meaning
and losing the rhyme

Nauseous adrenalin
Like breakin' up a dogfight
Like a deer in the headlights
Frozen in real time
I'm losing my mind

Yeah, it's time to move on, time to get going
What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, baby, grass is growing
It's time to move on, it's time to get going

Yeah, it's time to move on, time to get going
What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, baby, grass is growing
It's time to move on, it's time to get going

Yeah, it's time to move on, it's time to get going.
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 LizK wrote:
One by one, the Highwaymen pass into that Choir in the Sky.
Travelling Wilburys, I think...

 LizK wrote:
One by one, the Highwaymen pass into that Choir in the Sky.

I don't think he was one of the Highwaymen.

But they are passing.
Beautiful lyrics.  And that lap steel guitar (or so I think) is beautiful.
One by one, the Highwaymen pass into that Choir in the Sky.
Wow! Leave it Radio Paradise to make me appreciate songs that I forget were on the album....
Miss you ....
Never tired of this stunningly, gorgeous, perfectly arranged song. Every element of it is just perfection.
 fredriley wrote:
Normally I applaud Bill's segues, but this one is a crashing and unwelcome contrast to the ethereally beautiful and moving Vienna Teng song that preceded it. Vienna had lulled me into a contemplative tranquil mood then yer man Petty comes tromping in with his size 12 hobnails to wreck it.
 
Tom was a lightweight compared to Vienna

Mostly harmless
its a really good song {#Dancingbanana}
This is a really nice song.
Great song with a skip along beat for travelin'.

  This is great song. Very awesome! :)
{#Devil_pimp}zesty ! such a great lp would love to hear maybe a little " honey bee "
RIP Tom. Such a sad, sad loss that is brought back every time I hear one of his songs, which ALMOST makes me not want to hear them anymore.  Thankfully, I regain my composure by the second or third verse and rock on.
..You've moved on Tom..my love of your music will endure {#Daisy}
The War on Drugs opened their LA show with this song a few days after TP's passing.  Pretty cool tribute.
Rest in peace, Tom.
Forever in our memory and our hearts.
rock on Tom, anywhere!
 CoYoT51 wrote:
Time to click on PSD button. You're just right, Mister Petty, Time to move on.

 
Funny.  I just hit PSD to get away from that horrible Yes song and landed on this gem.  To each his own I would say.
 
Time to click on PSD button. You're just right, Mister Petty, Time to move on.
Time to move On,toward your inspirations..., baby
Tom Petty is not a good singer, nor always a good lyricist, but he usually gets my attention in a good way.
I got divorced in 95, left everything and everyone, and drove from CT to Lincoln City, OR - or as far as my car would take me coast to coast.  Wildflowers was my inspirational and emotional anchor for the 3,500 trip, (1st of 9 cross-country drives).  
Sounds very like Mark Knofler!  (or does Mark sound like Tom?)
These days, for some reason or another, it seems like it's always time to move on.

Quite frankly, Wildflowers may be Tom Petty's best album.



I thought it was Paul Simon at first. Pretty decent low-key tune from Petty. I don't think his voice goes very well with this material, but it's not bad.

marvelous...  love it...
 
Normally I applaud Bill's segues, but this one is a crashing and unwelcome contrast to the ethereally beautiful and moving Vienna Teng song that preceded it. Vienna had lulled me into a contemplative tranquil mood then yer man Petty comes tromping in with his size 12 hobnails to wreck it.

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
Thank you for playing this.
 Proclivities wrote:

Same beat, more or less, but I suspect many others do not harbor that expectation.

 
I certainly had Graceland going through my head as this started.

Good song from a good album that I have not played for years. 
Well I was about to go home, but not until this beautiful songs concludes.
Have you still not 'got goin', Petty?
Well, STFU and 'Get Movin' then, Petty! Geeeez.
 dont ya hate movin on, movin period..but seriously never tire of the tracks on "Wildflower"  , or Mr. Petty
 MostTornBrain wrote:
Is it just me, or does anyone else keep expecting him to break out into the '"I'm going to Graceland" chorus from Paul Simon's song?
 
It's that snare but the songs are quite different. I see your point, though.
The more I hear of this fella the more it makes me want to hear more!
Great stuff.
 MostTornBrain wrote:
Is it just me, or does anyone else keep expecting him to break out into the '"I'm going to Graceland" chorus from Paul Simon's song?
 
Same beat, more or less, but I suspect many others do not harbor that expectation.
Is it just me, or does anyone else keep expecting him to break out into the '"I'm going to Graceland" chorus from Paul Simon's song?
Great. Shift 9 to 10 mark.
 hallogallo wrote:

Tom Petty has aged real well, in my opinion.
 

You sure about that? This album is almost 20 years old.
 Cynaera wrote:
I haven't heard but two songs from this album, but I love them - and now this song.  Far as I'm concerned, Mr. Petty can do whatever he wants and sound good doing it.{#Yes}
 
This one from TP has found it's way onto my player time and time again. The whole doggone album, for me, is a road trip must-have!
 randyblew wrote:
But under my feet, baby, grass is growing
It's time to move on, it's time to get going
 
I'm not a huge TP fan, but that lyric always gets me. 

A most excellent tune.
Yes it is, Tom. 'Night, everybody!
Tom Petty is great.  Timeless.
8:50 Dec 24. Is Tom trying to tell me it is time to do the Christmas shopping?
The right song in time. Thanks. Just wha i need now!


Tom Petty has aged real well, in my opinion.


Indeed, it is nigh on time to move on Tom. Great tune.

It's time to move on, time to get going
What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, baby, grass is growing
It's time to move on, it's time to get going

Broken skyline, movin' through the airport
She's an honest defector
Conscientious objector
Now her own protector

Broken skyline, which way to love land
Which way to something better
Which way to forgiveness
Which way do I go

Time to move on, time to get going
What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, baby, grass is growing
It's time to move on, it's time to get going

Sometime later, getting the words wrong
Wasting the meaning and losing the rhyme
Nauseous adrenaline
Like breakin' up a dogfight
Like a deer in the headlights
Frozen in real time
I'm losing my mind

It's time to move on, time to get going
What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, baby, grass is growing
It's time to move on, it's time to get going




 PA1749 wrote:
One of Tom's best.

 

Agreed. This album sold me on him. A true songsmith.
I haven't heard but two songs from this album, but I love them - and now this song.  Far as I'm concerned, Mr. Petty can do whatever he wants and sound good doing it.{#Yes}
One of Tom's best.

 azdcryan wrote:
This is my 3 year old's new favorite song to sing with mom...alternating the lines of the chorus between the two of the them...he fills in the "time to get goin" piece.  It slays me.  Thanks Tom.

 
+1

Nice song!
Like it!
This album came out 15 years ago and still sounds great.  Although it would be TOTALLY awesome if Bill would let it run right into You Wreck Me, the rockingest song on the album.
 Bosami wrote:
Love it.
 
x2

yes, this is a definite "blind squirrel" album. Strange, how he seemed to recapture all of the magic from earlier in his career in this one album, he done good with this one!{#Cheers}
Yea, yea, grumble, grumble, this is a good song he says begrudgingly, grumble, grumble....{#Arghhh}{#Lol}
Love it.
 Darlington wrote:


This is one of his best. Not a bad song on it.
 

+1

Wildflowers is simply awesome.
 osbyec wrote:
I REALLY need to get this album.  My love for the Beatles developed into discovery and love of Traveling Wilburys, which then developed into a new-found apprecation for Tom Petty.
 

This is one of his best. Not a bad song on it.
Going to see TP at Verizon Ampitheater in Charlotte, NC in May. Can't wait!

I REALLY need to get this album.  My love for the Beatles developed into discovery and love of Traveling Wilburys, which then developed into a new-found apprecation for Tom Petty.
This song is grand. Love it.
 westslope wrote:
Hannio, Are you a fan or a tea partier?  Just curious.
 
I think this person's saying that Obama needs to get on with his agenda with or without the support of Congressional Democrats. That, or they're from Nevada and they wish Harry Reid would go away.
Hannio, Are you a fan or a tea partier?  Just curious.

 fredriley wrote:
It's time to move on, it's time to get goin', it's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights, it's time to meet the muppets on the Muppet Show tonight...

Something about this song makes me reach for the mute at some speed, even though I like some of Petty's other stuff :(

 

Maybe, and it is just a suggestion, you do not understand the important role of "road songs" in NA culture.

Bill, please stop reading my mind- it's freaking me out!
I am about to move across the country and (hopefully) find a place to settle in and call home.  Leaving my friends and family behind and hitting the road....so this song is more perfect than ever for the mood I'm in and the thoughts swirling in my head.  Thanks RP, yer the best!


time to turn the radio off. zero to the drums.

jwb wrote:
I'd like to dedicate this song to the Bush the Lesser.

Also known as "The Brazilian"

This is my 3 year old's new favorite song to sing with mom...alternating the lines of the chorus between the two of the them...he fills in the "time to get goin" piece.  It slays me.  Thanks Tom.

 Hannio wrote:


Whistle in the dark much?
 
Whistling while your whining... Time to move on, time to get going, what lies ahead I have no way of knowing. 

 h8rhater wrote:

Pretty damn good.  The economy is slowly coming back after 8 years of "downhill on a rail" and people like you are whinin' like babies.

 

Whistle in the dark much?
 Hannio wrote:


So, how's that hopey-changey thing working out for ya?
 
Pretty damn good.  The economy is slowly coming back after 8 years of "downhill on a rail" and people like you are whinin' like babies.

One of my favorite songs of all time.  Also happens to be one of Tom's most under-appreciated songs, along with 'A Face in the Crowd.'
Downloaded this whole album after hearing this song last time.  I realized that I had no Tom Petty in my collection.  Definitely an overlooked album.

One of Tom's many lesser known gems.
 jwb wrote:
I'd like to dedicate this song to the Bush the Lesser.
 

So, how's that hopey-changey thing working out for ya?
superb album...
 fredriley wrote:
It's time to move on, it's time to get goin', it's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights, it's time to meet the muppets on the Muppet Show tonight... 

{#Lol}
The King of "American" music ... makes me nostalgic for the "way it used to be."{#Daisy}
It's time to move on, it's time to get goin', it's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights, it's time to meet the muppets on the Muppet Show tonight...

Something about this song makes me reach for the mute at some speed, even though I like some of Petty's other stuff :(

 jwb wrote:
I'd like to dedicate this song to the Bush the Lesser.
 

AKA The Shrub.
 jwb wrote:
I'd like to dedicate this song to the Bush the Lesser.
 
That would be 41. 43 is Bush the Least.
 jpgr69 wrote:
This song is giving me goosebumps- seems so appropo right now! Time to move on, indeed. Praise be.
 
Same for me! New country, new home, now job,...cheerful song !

Very underrated album. I think it's Petty's best. {#Hearteyes}
This would be great followed with Mike Doughty's "Bloom Like the Sunlight in My Song"...
 jwb wrote:
I'd like to dedicate this song to the Bush the Lesser.
 
Which would intimate that Sr. is Bush the Greater...don't know if I can roll with that.

DOH! And that would have been so perfect too.

 
adroc wrote:
My all time favourite Tom Petty song.  Was supposed to be the final song played at my wedding as the wife and I were shipping off to travel the world shortly thereafter...too bad the fuckin' DJ fucked up and played "Wildflowers".
 


My all time favourite Tom Petty song.  Was supposed to be the final song played at my wedding as the wife and I were shipping off to travel the world shortly thereafter...too bad the fuckin' DJ fucked up and played "Wildflowers".
I'd like to dedicate this song to the Bush the Lesser.
This is one of those songs that makes me wish I would have liked Tom Petty enough to buy an album or two of his along the way.  (Chicken/egg.)  This is great stuff that you don't hear on the radio, and really exemplifies what a talent he is.
Sigh. It's Mr Mumbles again ... Yes it is time to move on.
 pannaramma wrote:
I am not a Tom Petty fan. But I like this at the 8 level. Dylan-esque?

 

My sentiments exactly. He doesn't sound so darned stoned and sleepy in this one.
This song is giving me goosebumps- seems so appropo right now! Time to move on, indeed. Praise be.
Happy Birthday!
Kate > Tom = superlative! Stupendous guit on this track. JJ would dig it...........
just when I've been stuck in the middle, Bill pulls me out and wakes me up! and a follow up by sigur ros! Celebrate
I saw him in Omaha back in July (with Steve Winwood as an opener).  Great show indeed!

 SchrodingersCat wrote:
If you like Tom Petty at all, and you haven't seen him live, you must.  He puts on a great show.
 


If you like Tom Petty at all, and you haven't seen him live, you must.  He puts on a great show.
I am not a Tom Petty fan. But I like this at the 8 level. Dylan-esque?

This isn't my favorite TP song, but I still think it ranks in "8" territory...a reflection of what I think about TP. :guitarist:
Given that this is Tom Petty, shouldn't he be singing "Time to get dronin' "? Seems more appropriate.
Time to move on. Yeah, I sure know that feeling. There is no moss growing on a rolling stone, and so on. :cool:
mrtuba9 wrote:
yes, it's time to get goin...
What he said...
yes, it's time to get goin...
BKardon wrote:
Put on this album on the first clear, sunny day of summer and go for a long cruise on open roads. You'll want orgasms to shoot out of your eyes, it'll feel so good.
Wow! This sounds like a challenge worth accepting!!! ...... though it might cause traffic mayhem..... :wink:
We love you, Tom! Don't ever stop writing, your songs are so full of imagery and sentiment. :good-vibes:
bumrush wrote:
More from this album would be greatly appreciated, this is one of the greats of all time.
Right on! :daisy:
Put on this album on the first clear, sunny day of summer and go for a long cruise on open roads. You'll want orgasms to shoot out of your eyes, it'll feel so good.
More from this album would be greatly appreciated, this is one of the greats of all time.
azdcryan wrote:
one of the most succinct, accurate, and truthful posts I've ever read on RP
I may have posted this same sentiment 100 messages upthread but, DAMN, I love this song. Everytime I hear Campbell's slide guitar here I imagine George Harrison smiling down from heaven...
mandolin wrote:
...brief, simple, beautiful...
one of the most succinct, accurate, and truthful posts I've ever read on RP