The Poetic Lyrics and the Musical Mastery of ‘Time’ by Pink Floyd.

“Time” by Pink Floyd is an exceptionally wonderful song with artful lyrics deserving poetic notoriety. The album within which this song features, ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’, is a soundscape of serious note. In fact, this album has the world record of having spent 16 years in the US Top 100 Album charts. It is regarded as the most popular music album of all time. It is important to note that all the lyrics were written by Roger Waters, and the music was compiled and written by all four members of the group Pink Floyd; Roger Waters, David Gilmore, Rick Wright, and Nic Mason.

The musicality of the song ‘Time’ is purely brilliant in terms of setting the scene and the required mood for the song. It starts off with the sound of multiple clocks ticking away for twenty seconds, then the buzzing of an alarm clock sounding and a number of grandfather clocks chiming the hour. Then, deep guitar chords are played at set intervals, while tom-toms and bongo drums beat out a great sequence before the main musical body of the song takes over. The whole introduction lasts for a couple of minutes and the song is seven and a half minutes in length. This introduction is phenomenal, as is the entire song.

Read the lyrics first and then listen to the whole song while following the lyrics again. Maybe it will blow you away, as it does me, every time I listen to it. More correctly put, I live it more than simply listen to it.

Time - Lyrics written by Roger Waters.

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 hometown
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…….

The source of the lyrics is

Philosophers have theorized extensively about time being a measure invented by humankind and they have expressed the fact that it does not exist. In everyday life we are confined by it and controlled totally by time. This, especially in the business world, where we continually recite the old saying, ‘time is money’.

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