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The Rolling Stones — Time Waits For No One
Album: It's Only Rock & Roll
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7.7

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Released: 1974
Length: 6:27
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Yes, star crossed in pleasure the stream flows on by
Yes, as we're sated in leisure, we watch it fly

And time waits for no one, and it won't wait for me
And time waits for no one, and it won't wait for me

Time can tear down a building or destroy a woman's face
Hours are like diamonds, don't let them waste

Time waits for no one, no favours has he
Time waits for no one, and he won't wait for me

Men, they build towers to their passing yes, to their fame everlasting
Here he comes chopping and reaping, hear him laugh at their cheating

And time waits for no man, and it won't wait for me
Yes, time waits for no one, and it won't wait for me

Drink in your summer, gather your corn
The dreams of the night time will vanish by dawn

And time waits for no one, and it won't wait for me
And time waits for no one, and it won't wait for me

No no no, not for me...
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 On_The_Beach wrote:
Time waits for no one:

 

No. but the journey getting to the same place as all of us eventually do, is the adventure. What woman wouldn't have wanted to win his smile or man to fill his shoes for even one night? The story behind that face is one I'm curious to know.
May be one of the least Stones songs there is, and yet pretty nice in a Santana kinda way.
Ah, one of Mick’s finest...and I don’t mean Jagger
I remember playing the hell out of this album on my tiny mono cassette player...I guess I was about 12. I saved my money and most months treat myself to a new r&r album This was one of those treats. Fine album
Ich weiß, es ist 2019, aber: diesen Song habe ich erst gestern auf KASSETTE aufgenommen. Ich hab in meinen alten Autos noch Kassetenrecorder und find Mixtapes noch immer toll.
Fantastic LP, all tracks.  Thank you Bill.  
Mick Taylor!!!
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Time waits for no one:

 
For each wrinkles on his face, a masterpiece song. Not a bad life, i think.
🦉
I have always enjoyed the melancholy chords in this song. I am a nurse practitioner and work in hospice care. I actually listened to the words for the first time today and they are PROFOUND.  I identify strongly with this song at the age of 51 now and as well with what I see on a daily basis in my work.
I think there are 2 camps.  You either love the Stones or you cannot stand them.  Thank you for the PSD button.
 molson wrote:
My favorite Stones song ever!! Thanks Bill:-)

Mine too!
 

nice guitar - rather Jeff Beck-ish. But sometimes I hate Jagger's voice, and this song is a good example.
yes, but only Bill plays Gay Sons > Time Waits 


 horstman wrote:
Another fine example of having Spotify Premium to fully explore all of an artist's work. This is a great album from their productive years. Radio Paradise provides me direction, Spotify allows full comprehension. Perfect pairing!
 

 jhorton wrote:
Love all the Stones, but really, the Mick Stones were far superior to the Ronnie Stones.
 
In reality, they are all The Rolling Stones.

btw: You forgot Brian.
 horstman wrote:
Another fine example of having Spotify Premium to fully explore all of an artist's work. This is a great album from their productive years. Radio Paradise provides me direction, Spotify allows full comprehension. Perfect pairing!
 

I do this all the time!
Another fine example of having Spotify Premium to fully explore all of an artist's work. This is a great album from their productive years. Radio Paradise provides me direction, Spotify allows full comprehension. Perfect pairing!
I sat up and really listened the first time I heard this played on RP.  It had been yeeeears since I'd heard it.  What a fcking fantastic song... the guitar, the piano, the ticking of the clock at the end...  perfection.
The piano playing at the end of song, is also quite nice. 
Mick Taylor provided the best guitarwork stylistically and technically while still maintaining that "rough" Rolling Stones feel. His work here is solid and his studio work on Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Exile was superb but he really shone live, especially on the '69 tour. Give a listen to his solos on Midnight Rambler, Gimme Shelter and his slide work on Love in Vain, all off Get Yer Ya Yas Out.
espetacular!!!
 Vinco wrote:

Yes, very much like a Carlos Santana solo! That's why I like it so much. 
 
Sorry, I hear very little Carlos-isms in that. I think perhaps you're not as familiar with those isms as I am. Although, truth be said, Carlos could cover this quite well, but in the end I think it would sound little like Mick's run. 
 
Songs like this remind me of how incredible the Stones are. Their overplayed top 40 aside, these jems are a perfect reminder of how they became icons in music. 
Song: 6
Mick Taylor's work on it: 2
So that's an 8.

Great segue from "Gay Sons of Lesbian Mothers", Bill. 
Awesome track. 
In terms of a rock & roll song... this scores high marks. In terms of where this song rates in the Stones catalog? In the middle for me. Their catalog is so damn strong that I can't rate this better than so many other great songs they have. 
 idiot_wind wrote:
I keep hearing Carlos Santana. 

 
Yes, very much like a Carlos Santana solo! That's why I like it so much. 
 jambo wrote:

i could see that. but it's like neil's slightly off vocals or dylan's whiny, now pit run gravelly voice. in his film on the stones scorcese shows the band playing but takes out all of the soundtrack but keef. it sounds bloody awful. like a goose honking in pain. but then the whole band returns and it's a symphony.
 
Ah, "the fine art of guitar weaving".
 
https://consultkeith.com/2013/01/29/the-art-of-weaving/
One of my ALL TIME STONES favorites. Love it ... thanks to Mr.Taylor !!
 justin4kick wrote:
Maybe the best guitar solo ever.
 
Then again, probably not.
 idiot_wind wrote:


Quite from Mick Taylor, on why he quit:

"I just couldn't believe how bad they sounded," the guitarist recalled from his first rehearsals with the Stones. "Their timing was awful. They sounded like a typical bunch of guys in a garage — playing out of tune and too loudly. I thought, 'How is it possible that this band can make hit records?'"

 
i could see that. but it's like neil's slightly off vocals or dylan's whiny, now pit run gravelly voice. in his film on the stones scorcese shows the band playing but takes out all of the soundtrack but keef. it sounds bloody awful. like a goose honking in pain. but then the whole band returns and it's a symphony.

{#Crown}

damn
he
was
right
{#Bananajam}
 westslope wrote:
Not a big Stones fan, but this one is sweet.  

 
I learn to truly appreciate them with less-known songs like this one, too. That's why we're lucky to have found this radio station.
My favorite Mick Taylor guitar too, Bill and one of my all time favorite Stones song.  
Maybe the best guitar solo ever.
 idiot_wind wrote:


Quite from Mick Taylor, on why he quit:

"I just couldn't believe how bad they sounded," the guitarist recalled from his first rehearsals with the Stones. "Their timing was awful. They sounded like a typical bunch of guys in a garage — playing out of tune and too loudly. I thought, 'How is it possible that this band can make hit records?'"

 
Or... for a different perspective on the "looseness" of the Stones style in 1970.  Legendary Muscle Shoals session musician Jim Dickenson on the sessions that produced Wild Horses, Brown Sugar, and You've Gotta Move:

I think as great as they are, truly the thing that’s understated about them is how great the songs are ‘cause they can write songs like nobody in the genre.  I mean they’re whatever you call the songs, it’s certainly not like the typical rantings of an English schoolboy. But the thing that I learned from them was that’s spontaneity, capturing the moment ‘cause the first time they got through the song without a major mistake, Charlie Watts got up from the drums and that was it. – Jim Dickinson

 

2 part video (awesome if you've got the time)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2gZyTNKikc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx8X2Dtkuaw

 

Wild Horses @ Muscle Shoals:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Za42dnIipwA



Quite from Mick Taylor, on why he quit:

"I just couldn't believe how bad they sounded," the guitarist recalled from his first rehearsals with the Stones. "Their timing was awful. They sounded like a typical bunch of guys in a garage — playing out of tune and too loudly. I thought, 'How is it possible that this band can make hit records?'"
 sid1950 wrote:
Had to go and look up the liner notes! The line-up on this track is:
Mick Jagger – lead vocals, backing vocalsKeith Richards – electric guitarIan Stewart – pianoKenney Jones – drumsWillie Weeks – bass guitarDavid Bowie – backing vocalsRonnie Wood – twelve–string acoustic guitar, backing vocalsI had forgotten that only Jagger and Richards were on this track. A great track. I listen to it a lot at the time as I was playing in a covers band and had to learn the bass line! {#Bananajam}

 
I believe that's the line-up for the song "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It), not this song.  This tune has all five of the Stones line-up at that time playing on it, with Mick Taylor playing the solo and Nicky Hopkins playing piano.
 sid1950 wrote:
Had to go and look up the liner notes! The line-up on this track is:
Mick Jagger – lead vocals, backing vocalsKeith Richards – electric guitarIan Stewart – pianoKenney Jones – drumsWillie Weeks – bass guitarDavid Bowie – backing vocalsRonnie Wood – twelve–string acoustic guitar, backing vocalsI had forgotten that only Jagger and Richards were on this track. A great track. I listen to it a lot at the time as I was playing in a covers band and had to learn the bass line! {#Bananajam}

 
This is a joke, right?  
Had to go and look up the liner notes! The line-up on this track is:
Mick Jagger – lead vocals, backing vocalsKeith Richards – electric guitarIan Stewart – pianoKenney Jones – drumsWillie Weeks – bass guitarDavid Bowie – backing vocalsRonnie Wood – twelve–string acoustic guitar, backing vocalsI had forgotten that only Jagger and Richards were on this track. A great track. I listen to it a lot at the time as I was playing in a covers band and had to learn the bass line! {#Bananajam}
 idiot_wind wrote:
I keep hearing Carlos Santana. 

 
Yep, that’s what I thought first. 9
Wow I'm 16 again
Not a big Stones fan, but this one is sweet.  
what... miracle segue out of Kaki King... BLISS!
 idiot_wind wrote:
I keep hearing Carlos Santana. 

 
Mick Taylor!!  Very underrated.
Some people don't like to rush to judgement.  The song only came out 44 years ago, what's the rush?

Tomasni wrote:
To me 7 perhaps 8 still considering

  

                       GREAT comment Tomasina. Thanx for the insight ~



 Tomasni wrote:
To me 7 perhaps 8 still considering

 

                       GREAT comment Tomasina. Thanx for the insight ~



. 
To me 7 perhaps 8 still considering
Time seems to have shown these guys at least a bit of respect. And rightly so.
Awesome... One of their best.
Great album — one of their best. 
I keep hearing Carlos Santana. 
One of my top 5 favorite Stones tunes.  Makes my afternoon happy.  {#Bounce}
One of my top 20 favorite Stones tunes.  Makes my afternoon happy.  {#Bounce}
Weird....I just imagined this was playing and it came on...love this second only to Can't you hear me knockin
 idiot_wind wrote:
There was a rumor that after Mick Taylor left, the Stones wanted Roy Buchanan, but he turned them down. So they got Ronnie Wood.  

 
A guitarist that was so close in style and temperment to the band's members that he has been at their side for 42 of their 54 years.  He and Richards are like two peas in a pod, weaving their musical tapestry together for decades.  I'd say they chose wisely.

BTW:  He can play this song, as well as all the others from the Jones and Taylor eras, with aplomb.  Seen it.
THIS...is their best song released from 1973 - 1977.
damn this is a good one, wonder if that woman I've got a crush on likes the Stones, shit, this guitar is phenominal... gonna text her now
wish me luck folks, I need a seriously deep rocker chick in my arms after swerving to this beauty and remembering past friends  : )
 funkyalfonso wrote:
When this album came out, London was covered with the title sprayed over walls. It was generally thought that the record label had paid kids to do it. How we laughed. This track has never failed to amaze me.

 
When I was in London, the only thing I saw on the wall was, "Stuart is a wanker!"
 
 molson wrote:
My favorite Stones song ever!! Thanks Bill:-)
 
Despite a multitude of other fabulous and iconic Stones tracks, I think I'm with you on your assessment. This one is almost transcendent. It doesn't belong just to the Stones, but to the ages.  
Fantastic LP.  One of my favorites.  
There was a rumor that after Mick Taylor left, the Stones wanted Roy Buchanan, but he turned them down. So they got Ronnie Wood.  
It is amazing how lackluster the sound quality is on some recordings. Multi-track recording was overused, I think.
When this album came out, London was covered with the title sprayed over walls. It was generally thought that the record label had paid kids to do it. How we laughed. This track has never failed to amaze me.
 h8rhater wrote:

Seek out a professional in the field of psychiatry.

 
I second that!
My favorite Stones song ever!! Thanks Bill:-)
 msymmes wrote:
I have some childhood thing with this band.  I really hate every note they ever recorded. But I don't know why.  Maybe someone can explain my fear of Mick and the guys.

 

 
Seek out a professional in the field of psychiatry.
 hayduke2 wrote:
can't explain why some folks resist the high quality of this song, so totally awesome... maybe if they got a little high, and could allow the guitar to take them away man,  so super outrageously cool     : P

 
Wow - from Southampton UK to Southampton NY! Cheers hayduke2!
In 5th grade I fell in love with Mick and the boys and have never looked back. 50 years later and I still love every note they play.  This is one of my top 10. Thank you, Bill. 
Possibly my favourite Stones song of all time. Thank you Mick Herbert...
can't explain why some folks resist the high quality of this song, so totally awesome... maybe if they got a little high, and could allow the guitar to take them away man,  so super outrageously cool     : P
 
 justin4kick wrote:
Maybe someday I will tell my beloved ones to play this at my funeral. 


Proclivities wrote:

Make sure you tell them in advance; that way you'd save them the expense of hiring a psychic. Great song.

 
I agree, it's always a good idea to avoid financial problems at a time of family grieving
The Stones showing a fresh approach and substantial songwriting well into their career. 
I have some childhood thing with this band.  I really hate every note they ever recorded. But I don't know why.  Maybe someone can explain my fear of Mick and the guys.

 
 dwlangham wrote:

The guitar work on this track grabs my ear every time I hear it and makes me realize that Taylor's is a totally different sound. Maybe he was too good for them.

 
As evidenced by his great enduring success since then leaving the band.  All those amazing #1 hits, album releases, and world tours that he's had since 1975.
Play it again, Bill.  Put it on a loop. It's not really "their" track, but imho this is the Stones at their peak. 
 
I attended my 60th (!) Reunion recently and was reminded that Mick had attended the same "away"school for  part of each week for woodworking lessons in Lowfield Street, Dartford kent. Keef too.
F*** he's old.
And yes, I'm getting there too - only slower, I say.
 
 Proclivities wrote:

Make sure you tell them in advance; that way you'd save them the expense of hiring a psychic. Great song.

 
Attended a Funeral today. I had the same thoughts as I pondered what I would want played. Great song. 
 justin4kick wrote:
Maybe someday I will tell my beloved ones to play this at my funeral. 

 
Make sure you tell them in advance; that way you'd save them the expense of hiring a psychic. Great song.
Maybe someday I will tell my beloved ones to play this at my funeral. 
thank you again...:)
Thank you Bill! As a faithful RP follower from the very early days, you have no idea how much your music selection affects me everyday...and this brought tears again!
New computer up and running today! I hope to be involved with the RP community more often...
 dwlangham wrote:

The guitar work on this track grabs my ear every time I hear it and makes me realize that Taylor's is a totally different sound. Maybe he was too good for them.

 
Mick T  left because, in a choice between the world of SexDrug&RockNRoll and family, Taylor chose family.
 diannemck56 wrote:
One of my all time favs.  And I LOVE the voice.  {#Hearteyes}

 
+1
One of my all time favs.  And I LOVE the voice.  {#Hearteyes}
Great tune, but such a terrible voice. 
 ScottN wrote:
Great as they are, the Stones should have found a guitarist as lyrical as Taylor, instead of Richards' shadow.  Also, keyboards play such a vital role in their studio work.

This is a wonderful song.

 
The guitar work on this track grabs my ear every time I hear it and makes me realize that Taylor's is a totally different sound. Maybe he was too good for them.
 WonderLizard wrote:
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Time waits for no one:
 
Yeah, well, if we're all lucky, we can have Sir Mick's legacy. For the longest time I was in the Richards/Jones/Taylor camp, that the song was only as good as its lead guitarist. Jagger has taught me the value of song writing and lyrical excellence. So what if he's aged. IMHO, the fact that he has aged is a testament to his sticktoitness, a trait that in my own old age I admire.

 
Absolutely.  We've all aged.  There's a lot of years between those two shots.  And a lot of great times.  And a lot of LIFE.  I wish him well.
 WonderLizard wrote:
Yeah, well, if we're all lucky, we can have Sir Mick's legacy. For the longest time I was in the Richards/Jones/Taylor camp, that the song was only as good as its lead guitarist. Jagger has taught me the value of song writing and lyrical excellence. So what if he's aged. IMHO, the fact that he has aged is a testament to his sticktoitness, a trait that in my own old age I admire.
 
Agree completely!
Mick is probably the best rock vocalist ever.
I just liked the irony of the lyric and image(s).
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Time waits for no one:
https://www.sexcigarsbooze.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/how_rock_stars_640_01-e1280420576720.jpg

 
Yeah, well, if we're all lucky, we can have Sir Mick's legacy. For the longest time I was in the Richards/Jones/Taylor camp, that the song was only as good as its lead guitarist. Jagger has taught me the value of song writing and lyrical excellence. So what if he's aged. IMHO, the fact that he has aged is a testament to his sticktoitness, a trait that in my own old age I admire.


that was a really nice transition from Kaki King
Nice Santana touch{#Bananajam}
I really like this song, it's not a masterpiece music-wise and a bit repetitive but it has a magic touch to it, at least for me it has. {#Bananapiano}

By the way, on the photo below, i wonder if he ate a apple a day and kept of the candy if he would look different. Those photo's remind me of before after photo's of people on meth. {#Cheesygrin}
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Time waits for no one:
https://www.sexcigarsbooze.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/how_rock_stars_640_01-e1280420576720.jpg

 
So true. And it won't wait for Mick

Amazing Mick Taylor on guitar. Richards and Wood are simply not in the same league.
I repeat myself on this song. 

But this is a such a great song with Mick Taylor's fantastic guitar work.  

It's a sign of a super great band: they can play so many different styles and sound so freakin good. 
Off the meter good. No matter how long it is, it's too short. 
My favorite all time Stones song{#Bounce}
Time waits for no one:

8 for Mick Taylor.
 jhorton wrote:
Love all the Stones, but really, the Mick Stones were far superior to the Ronnie Stones.

 
Still accelerating with Mick Taylor; in cruise control w/ Ronnie.
Perhaps to be followed by 'Who knows where the time goes" by Fairport Convention? Similar themes and both blindingly good!
Hints of Carlos Santana in there, love this.
Mick taylor's guitar work in sooooo good. 
 Skydog wrote:
Don't care for this song or album,...maybe it's just me

 
It's just you.
 jhorton wrote:
Love all the Stones, but really, the Mick Stones were far superior to the Ronnie Stones.

 
The Roland Stoves were OK
Great song, but a harsh reminder to hear it on my birthday.
 flyboy50 wrote:
Guitar. Wow. Mick. Wow.

 
Wow is right.  10 from me.
One of the best guitar solos ever. 
Love all the Stones, but really, the Mick Stones were far superior to the Ronnie Stones.
This is one of those songs I call "Ghost Songs." I was a second year cadet at the Air Force Academy, and we weren't allowed to have radios. The years 1973 to 75 are lost to me. I still feel like I'm discovering old gems every time I hear one of the greats from that era.
 AlanJ wrote:
Just wow. Sitting in the garden in the sun listening to this while having a wine... Paradise!

 
I can imagine that! {#Yes}
Just wow. Sitting in the garden in the sun listening to this while having a wine... Paradise!
Guitar. Wow. Mick. Wow.
The gods were definitely smiling on this track.
C'mon folks.Who cares about the better player. 

Taylor's guitar work on this song is freakin great.    
ultra-cool     this wicked piece conquers time man, it's so sliding along cool
 LowPhreak wrote:
There's no way that Taylor was a better guitar player than Keef, or for that matter, Ronnie. Just listen to Ronnie's lead on 'Love You Live's version of 'Can't Always Get What You Want'. I'd like to have seen Mick Taylor top that.


Quit with the sappy nostalgia and get real.

 

Keef and Charlie have both admitted that Mick was a superior musician.  Definitely a better technician than Keef.  But hey, I love 'em all so why argue?