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Pink Floyd — Time
Album: Dark Side Of The Moon
Avg rating:
9.1

Your rating:
Total ratings: 4191









Released: 1973
Length: 6:54
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
Fritter and waste the hours in an off-hand 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

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 in quiet desperation is the English way
The time is gone, the song is over, thought I'd something more to say

Home, home again
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
Far away, across the field
The tolling of the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spell
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 SeriousLee wrote:
And then one day you find 40 years have got behind you...
 
that's bad if you are also left with just "half a page of scribbled lines"

Any listener who thinks this isn't a "9"  or "10," or perhaps a "19" missed something and maybe, just maybe, should go back an look for it.
 hschlossberg wrote:
I'm not sure whether it deserves a 1 or a 10.  It's a great song, a classic... but of all the PF songs RP could play, isn't this one already waaayyy overplayed on every single other rock radio station so that I never really need to hear it ever again?
 
Don't know.  I don't listen to any other stations.  Went would I?
9  ->   8
 hschlossberg wrote:
I'm not sure whether it deserves a 1 or a 10.  It's a great song, a classic... but of all the PF songs RP could play, isn't this one already waaayyy overplayed on every single other rock radio station so that I never really need to hear it ever again?
 
No
 SeriousLee wrote:
And then one day you find 40 years have got behind you...
 

Oh damn, ain't that the truth?
I'm not sure whether it deserves a 1 or a 10.  It's a great song, a classic... but of all the PF songs RP could play, isn't this one already waaayyy overplayed on every single other rock radio station so that I never really need to hear it ever again?
 mhamann123 wrote:
1974. My High School teacher says we are going to analyse a poem and hands out copies to everyone. It's 'Time'. The room full of 13 year olds hadn't heard of it (including me). When seen as verse it was powerful. Then he pulled out the portable turntable (it was 1974) and carefully dropped the needle onto the right track. I was hooked right then. He was a great teacher (plus we did the same for 'Money' a few weeks later). Thank you Mr Thomas.
 
You were a very lucky boy. In the right kind of class. 1974. I'm 17, in my last year at high school. Half of my class (the ones who were switched on to proper music) knew about Pink Floyd. Indeed, we would rush home from school to stick LPs like this one on the clanky old turntable, shove the massive earphones on and escape the sunny dreariness of being a teenager in the sunny apartheid state of South Africa. Our teachers would not have dreamed of subverting THE SYSTEM by even mentioning the Floyd in front of the kids, let alone distributing the rebellious and Godless lyrics around the class. Unthinkable. Albums were regularly banned by the Censorship Board back in those days but we always had a friend whose parents would bring them in from the UK after a holiday. Then we would share them around and record them on a cassette. It was when an English guy arrived at our school and invited me to his house to listen to his FULL Pink Floyd collection on his mom's then-state-of-the-art B&O stereo that a whole new world opened up for me. My head nearly exploded when he put on Meddle that giddy-making afternoon. Weird times. Weirdly good times. A huge thank you to RP for making it so much easier to enjoy the music of my youth. And the music of today's "youth" (ie anybody younger than me!), a lot of it very cool. Love to y'all from the Rainbow Nation. Siyabonga (thank you)
 mhamann123 wrote:
1974. My High School teacher says we are going to analyse a poem and hands out copies to everyone. It's 'Time'. The room full of 13 year olds hadn't heard of it (including me). When seen as verse it was powerful. Then he pulled out the portable turntable (it was 1974) and carefully dropped the needle onto the right track. I was hooked right then. He was a great teacher (plus we did the same for 'Money' a few weeks later). Thank you Mr Thomas.
 
Bless Mr. Thomas!!  And any teachers out there take heed.....THIS is the stuff that gets your students' attention....Long Live RP (and Long Live Time!!) 
Which version is “40 years have left behind you no one told you when to run,you missed the starting gun” On my discs it’s always been 10 years. But enough of that DSOTM has always been and will continue to be the defining PF album such an influence on millions of people all around the world including the street singer in Granada. PF forever
Blimey. my old AR Caambridge A60 Amp and Heybrook HB2's have come to life
 jazzush wrote:


 
True dat.
1974. My High School teacher says we are going to analyse a poem and hands out copies to everyone. It's 'Time'. The room full of 13 year olds hadn't heard of it (including me). When seen as verse it was powerful. Then he pulled out the portable turntable (it was 1974) and carefully dropped the needle onto the right track. I was hooked right then. He was a great teacher (plus we did the same for 'Money' a few weeks later). Thank you Mr Thomas.
 LizK wrote:

"Metropolis?"
 

 
gmichaelt wrote:

More likely Busby Berkeley. The style just doesn't ring (cough) true to Fritz Lang.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Busby_Berkeley
 
Close.  It's from a film called "Madame Satan", directed by Cecil B. DeMille, 1930.
 bluematrix wrote:

Yea, how the hell did that happen...
 
How very true. 
Beat lyrics ever written hands down
Rated 10 , cranked to 10, The hardwood at this shanty  resonates.
 
This totally transports me back to my room in this crappy old house we used to live in, my room , 8 track player speakers buzzing on my little plastic Sears & Roebuck player.
 
 
Great segue from the peacefully mesmerizing Eric Saie piece.  
 SeriousLee wrote:
And then one day you find 40 years have got behind you...
 
Yea, how the hell did that happen...
a masterpiece
There you go! Include Great Gig in the Sky! Bravo!
Even after hearing this a thousand times (or more?) I STILL get chicken skin when Nick's drums start crashing.  To me....this IS the best song ever.  And for Nick's work w/ Pink Floyd, one of his best performances.  11x11^11!!
 TerryS wrote:
I do hope my neighbors are enjoying this.
 
Ha!  This is a song to crank to 11, for sure. 
 Jelani wrote:
How does this get a '1' rating? How?
 
Trump voters?
 wgsu_1978 wrote:
I used to own this album and liked it when it was new. Now I find it as ponderous and plodding as a WWI British tank. Whether this is my personal evolution or the onset of dementia I shall see (or not).

In your case (as ponderous and plodding as a WWI British tank)  not evolution more like recession
I vote for dementia !


 Dillinquent wrote:
Best song about getting old,  Ever.
 
Try their  Free Four

"The memories of a man in his old age
Are the deeds of a man in his prime
You shuffle in the gloom of the sick room
And talk to yourself as you die

Life is a short warm moment
And death is a long cold rest
You get your chance to try
In the twinkling of an eye
Eighty years with luck or even less"
And then one day you find 40 years have got behind you...
This was my second album at the age of 13. I still remember to this day getting the album home and carefully taking the LP out of the cover (in addition to the posters), placing it on the turnable side 1 up and gently lowering the needle onto the LP.............mind blowing, my Mother didn't see me for days :) Don't make them like this anymore (or maybe it's an age thing and they do :) ).
When times were worry free
Nothing like a little Pink Floyd in the afternoon.
New headphones. First song I listened to. Still as good as the first time I heard it
I was a fresh faced undergrad in the autumn term of 1973, and every evening my house tutor, a postgrad who inhabited the room next to mine, would return and put this album on his turntable and crank his amp to max. Thank God he had such good taste. This is encoded into my musical DNA.
2141 Godlikes to 48 Sucko-barfos this fine day of March 19th 20 freekin18 {#Cheesygrin}

10 > 11   if only in my mind
To me this is 9 - O U T S T A N D I N G  
timeless...
Interesting; I'm seeing two different versions of the album art on RP, depending on where I look.  



Just hearing (and understanding) the lyrics for the first time ever. They *did* make better music back in the day.
 passsion8 wrote:

As I'm turning 60 (!) in a week I find them all the more poignant right now...

 
Couldn't agree more. Sigh. 
Wow! I’ve never heard this song before,what is it? I feel like I’m in a dorm room about to develop musical tastes.
One more Time.
 LizK wrote:
"Metropolis?"
 
More likely Busby Berkeley. The style just doesn't ring (cough) true to Fritz Lang.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Busby_Berkeley
I used to own this album and liked it when it was new. Now I find it as ponderous and plodding as a WWI British tank. Whether this is my personal evolution or the onset of dementia I shall see (or not).
 Proclivities wrote:
time

 
"Metropolis?"
I do hope my neighbors are enjoying this.
 idiot_wind wrote:
just play the album side.
 
Or both!
However, I seem to recall from another thread Bill mentioning that due to broadcasting regulations he is restricted to playing a maximum of two(?) tracks from any given album in a one-hour period.        . . . or something like that . . .
 amoreena wrote:
Highly recommend making a trek to see the current Roger Waters tour. Godlike! However, it's also very political, so if you are a Trump supporter, please check your politics at the door and just enjoy the music and the Man's right to his own opinion and artistry.

 
Couldn't agree more! Quite the religious experience, and I'm nowhere (or at was nowhere) near the Floyd fanatic that many people I know are. Was wholly in awe of the show. Even felt more prescient with the current goings on in politics. Just can't recommend this tour enough.
 Skydog wrote:

don't blame me, I gave it a 2

 

 
How can this not be everyone's favorite album of all time?
just play the album side.
this song is a time machine for my generation

its the 70s and I'm in high school and everything is wonderful and everything sucks . . .
 coloradojohn wrote:
Spring of '79 I recall driving my '70 Cutlass home from High School with a righteous buzz on, and THIS in my 8-track...Timeless! "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!" I sang along, and dug it...my favorite group ever since...

 
for me, fast forward about 10-15 years...different type of car, stereo...but those lyrics you quoted....That's why I fell in love with PF...and why this is my favorite song ever.  LONG LIVE RP!!
Spring of '79 I recall driving my '70 Cutlass home from High School with a righteous buzz on, and THIS in my 8-track...Timeless! "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!" I sang along, and dug it...my favorite group ever since...
Highly recommend making a trek to see the current Roger Waters tour. Godlike! However, it's also very political, so if you are a Trump supporter, please check your politics at the door and just enjoy the music and the Man's right to his own opinion and artistry.
 fuh2 wrote:

 
From 2010.  Hilarious and probably even more appropriate these days.
 Skydog wrote:

don't blame me, I gave it a 2

 

 
Don't agree but {#Lol}
time
How is that I'm still not burned out on this song?
Shocked!  Shocked, I tell you, to find this Time piece has garnered only an average 9.1.  So shocked am I that I've broken down and decided to exercise one of my remaining rights, and I've, therefore, rated a song.  Yes, you read write: I've rated my first song here on RP. A 10 (ten).  The injustice of a mere 9.x will never be righted, I know, but far off in the infinite future, if there is any justice in this existence, the rating for this song will at least asymptotically approach the level it deserves. I can sleep forever now knowing I did what I could in my time.
  changodelaplaya wrote:

Seriously... 9.1 is the highest average rating I have ever seen from this tough crowd.

Tough crowd with GREAT taste!

ziggytrix wrote:


Funny, I just looked here (scroll to RP Classics) and the for the top three (Floyd, Jimi, and Ludwig!) the number in parenthesis says 9.6___ but clicking thru to the comments page for any of them the average says 9.2 ...
 
I noticed the same thing, ziggytrix - maybe it's something to do with "former" members?  Or (and BillG maybe you can chime in) maybe it's related to ratings from the App not showing up on the web page?  At work I have the webpage up to read comments, etc., and listen from my phone, and I've noticed songs I first rated via the app do not show my ratings on the web page when the song comes on. In fact, I tried to update a rating and/or rate on the web page and it wouldn't take at all.  Odd for sure....
 Jelani wrote:
How does this get a '1' rating? How?

 
don't blame me, I gave it a 2

 
 changodelaplaya wrote:

Seriously... 9.1 is the highest average rating I have ever seen from this tough crowd.

 
Funny, I just looked here (scroll to RP Classics) and the for the top three (Floyd, Jimi, and Ludwig!) the number in parenthesis says 9.6___ but clicking thru to the comments page for any of them the average says 9.2 ...

Dark side of the moon. Bright side of the music. TIme-less!
 Jelani wrote:
How does this get a '1' rating? How?

 
Hopefully NOT from someone trying to give it the 11 it deserves...

 


to Quote from this board:

https://cdni.wired.co.uk/620x258/s_v/spinaltap_11_620x258.jpg 
TIMELESS in its excellence, in its sheer mastery of all relevant musical conventions, and its ability to transcend and move well beyond.

This is like an aural dark chocolate cake with a moist inside and cream topping. Only I don't nearly pass out when overdosing on this.
Much of their work leaves me cold, but this is superb.  It never gets tiresome, no matter how many times I hear it.  10 for sure.
The time is the biggest mystery. Nobody knows how it works, but is fair for everyone and everything.
 boxofrain wrote:
Amazing that Roger's lyrics were so spot on when he was a younger man — And then you find one day 20 years have got behind you.

 
As I'm turning 60 (!) in a week I find them all the more poignant right now...
One of the best guitar solos from the era of album classic rock. Maybe the best guitar solo of all time.
 GreenKittenLines wrote:

They were indeed, only that they read "ten years" :-p 

 
My complete typo for sure— thanks for catching it!!
 boxofrain wrote:
Amazing that Roger's lyrics were so spot on when he was a younger man — And then you find one day 20 years have got behind you.

 
They were indeed, only that they read "ten years" :-p 
Had it rated at 10 but as "Time" passes I like it more and more.  A 12 for now,...maybe more later.  Now it's up the volume and watch the speakers dance!
How does this get a '1' rating? How?
Amazing that Roger's lyrics were so spot on when he was a younger man — And then you find one day 20 years have got behind you.
 malamucha wrote:

12

 
Seriously... 9.1 is the highest average rating I have ever seen from this tough crowd.
 rwhardy wrote:
11

 
12
11
Good to hear PF occasionally. They are still demigod. But then I heard Younger Brother!
 
Excellent suggestion! And NOT the single version.

Double_Darkness wrote:
Well now you've got to play The Chambers Brothers Time Has Come. 

 


What happened to the live versions of PF Bill (from the box sets)?!
 idiot_wind wrote:
And quiet desperation is the English way?
What about us yanks? Noisy anxiety?  
Ha!
   

 
Good one!  
Truth be told, there is something to be said for letting it all hang out.   Vent for the health.  
This song has a wonderful sensual quality to it.  Whimsical, almost wistful.  

Four decades later and it still sounds epic.   
 Ableragtacker wrote:
Um, Is just me or is this a different version from the original?

 
It's just you?
An all time classic, a masterpiece. Please don't play it again.
 sfyi2001 wrote:
This, 'Pink Floyd' - 
He's got something here - Gonna be big.
 
I'm still trying to figure out which one's Pink.


This, 'Pink Floyd' - 
He's got something here - Gonna be big. 
 dwhayslett wrote:

Yes, the statements are mutually exclusive, thus the question.

 
Had you read and comprehended what I posted, you'd know your question was redundant.
 TerryS wrote:
Bill, consider my memory jiggled.

 
NOT THE BELLS!!! 
 idiot_wind wrote:
And quiet desperation is the English way?
What about us yanks? Noisy anxiety?  
Ha!
   

 
Well, yeah, with all those punctuation marks.
Bill, consider my memory jiggled.
 idiot_wind wrote:
And quiet desperation is the English way?
What about us yanks? Noisy anxiety?  
Ha!
   

 
Well yes.
And quiet desperation is the English way?


What about us yanks? Noisy anxiety?  
Ha!
   
{#Good-vibes}
This is the very best single Floyd song in construction, execution and emotion. Not counting "Wish You Were Here", "Shine on you Crazy Diamond", "Pigs"... Never mind. Floyd just killed it. 
Amazing segue from Henry Mancini to this.  BillG, you've done it again!

Portishead — Glory Box

Henry Mancini & His Orchestra - The Pink Panther Theme

Pink Floyd — Time

Hat-trick - 3 x 10 in a row - Come on Bill make it 4 - this is my kinda set!
                  
Seems like this song comes along at the most introspective moments.....or maybe it's the other way 'round.....thanks Bill.  Needed a hug from Pink.
 
 stargazer1 wrote:
I want an alarm clock that plays this.

{#High-five}

 

You mean...like an iPhone?

pic of iPhone and Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin speaker
Consider the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin speaker to complete your 70s nostalgia/childlike sense of wonder.  

Double_Darkness wrote:
Well now you've got to play The Chambers Brothers Time Has Come. 

 

Yes, Bill. The full 11-minute version, Bill. 
Well now you've got to play The Chambers Brothers Time Has Come. 
Pretty dam amazing 
1992? 
 LowPhreak wrote:

Having trouble with that are you?

 
Yes, the statements are mutually exclusive, thus the question.
 dwhayslett wrote:

Er, which is it?  He misunderstood, or you got it wrong and he's correcting you?

 
Having trouble with that are you?
The coda makes it for me! {#Sunny}
 LowPhreak wrote:

You obviously missed my intent ...

You seem to make a habit of roaming the comment boards trying to correct people...
 
Er, which is it?  He misunderstood, or you got it wrong and he's correcting you?
 Piranga wrote:
#1 album of all time. In my DNA for sure.

 
I'm with you 100%. Utterly flawless. 
 Proclivities wrote:

By definition, Luddites would probably be more prone to liking this.

 
You obviously missed my intent - "Luddites" in the sense that people not liking this album perhaps don't like it's take on modern life, or that DSOTM was ahead of its time, and so on.

You seem to make a habit of roaming the comment boards trying to correct people, like a nerdy school kid know-it-all (but probably helped a lot by internet search).

Try to get over yourself, hmm?
 daveinnj wrote:

Solidly rated as a 2 in the 1980, when I was a teenager - Pink Floyd held the opposite of appeal. They were a signifier of everything wrong with the decadence of the 70's. The pot, the laziness, the greed ... it all disgusted me.



 

Same thing as today I'd say, except now it's worse.

Solidly rated as a 2 in the 1980, when I was a teenager - Pink Floyd held the opposite of appeal. They were a signifier of everything wrong with the decadence of the 70's. The pot, the laziness, the greed ... it all disgusted me.

But TIME is a funny thing. The song is godlike now that I'm older.

I'm actually glad that I didn't like them as a kid. It means now that I'm older I'm really 'hearing' them for the first time.

And a two-fer Pink Floyd is the highlight of my day.

 

Thanks Bill.


 LowPhreak wrote:

A handful of Luddites is all. Everyone else knows the whole goddamned album is 11.

 
By definition, Luddites would probably be more prone to liking this.
A naive kid from the suburbs of Pittsburgh, traveling across PA...1973, a 1972 Camaro, top down,  summertime...on an adventure to the Dark Side of The Moon, lots of weed, and Floyd music everywhere, all of the time.  I didn't realize until a few years later that the "jersey shore" wasn't the promise land.  Growing up in Pittsburgh was as parochial as it gets.
 OceanBlue wrote:
My dad moved from Israel to America when he was 9, and picked up his first shreds of the language by listening to this album. He's always held a soft spot for it in his heart, and has passed that on to me with time.

He's always held one defining element of PF in the highest esteem, which is that they just take their time, man. They just take their time. There's no rush, no reason to cut off at the 3:30 mark, and nothing around the bend worth running to.

I've tried to infuse every day of my life with that element of their music.

 
Moving from Israel to America and getting to learn English through the listening of one of the most prominent English bands is a nice stretch IMHO. Good choice!
 iw3gtf wrote:

Ludovico Einaudi —- Primavera
Portishead — Glory Box
Henry Mancini & His Orchestra — The Pink Panther Theme
Pink Floyd — Time
Pink Floyd — The Great Gig In The Sky

Got a really great sequence.

 
Today, the same sequence. I love it.


#1 album of all time. In my DNA for sure.

Ludovico Einaudi —- Primavera
Portishead — Glory Box
Henry Mancini & His Orchestra — The Pink Panther Theme
Pink Floyd — Time
Pink Floyd — The Great Gig In The Sky

Got a really great sequence.
This song runs deep into my blood, my bones and my subconscious.
 DaidyBoy wrote:

Again today. Isn't RP a wonderful place to spend your time?

 
And yet again today....but I ain't complaining!!
 DaidyBoy wrote:

Again today. Isn't RP a wonderful place to spend your time?

 
Yes it is.