Lost Time

I know it’s not fashionable to post song lyrics. Nobody likes reading them. Nobody cares. On the other hand, this is my page and bite me. I’ve heard this song (Time by Pink Floyd on their Dark Side of the Moon album) a bazillion times but never really paid attention to what the lyrics were saying, never mind that I’ve known them by heart for years. I have a new appreciation for this song, not only because of the way this year has played out so far (anyone else fritter and waste any hours this year?), but also how it points out how you tend to see time as you get older and that it can have a tendency to slip away from you if you’re not careful (or even if you are).

The last three lines don’t apply to me because I’m not English and I probably have a word or two more to say before I’m done, but the rest of it is a really great description of how I feel some days in 2020. I’m sure much of it is just the times we’re in…who knows what normal feels like anymore?

TIME (Pink Floyd)

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
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.

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