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Alan Parsons Project: Time Meaning

Song Released: 1981

Time Lyrics

Is flowing like a river
Beckoning me
Who knows when we shall meet again
If ever
But time
Keeps flowing like a river
To the sea

Goodbye my love
Maybe for forever
Goodbye my love
The tide waits for me
Who knows when we...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Dec 1st 2017 report

    To me the song is after death if ever...will i see my family,friends,pets etc...will they too be there?

  2. anonymous
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    Jan 28th report

    La 1ra vez que escuche "Time", allá por 1982,tenía 13 años...casi siempre ponian esa canción en una radio de mi ciudad antes de cortar su transmision(½ noche)...yo pienso que la canción habla del proceso de vivir...naces, creces,y mueres..pero dentro de ese proceso, creas logros,lazos y recuerdos, que dejaras cuando tu "tiempo" llegue a su fin y debas partir hacia el mar", "hacia las estrellas"...es lo que creo..saludos

  3. anonymous
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    Jun 12th 2022 report

    Life goes on until the people you once knew or met or grew up with are not in your life no more and you are approaching the end of your time/life on earth but time stops for no one so make your time together count when it comes to those you love and who love you and others you meet along that flowing river. Practice being kind. Have no regrets in your relationships and try to show love and patience to one another because we may never get another chance before we reach the end of our time / ocean.

  4. anonymous
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    Aug 17th 2021 report

    During my formative years my brother and I had little in common. Being eight years my senior made it difficult to share interests. When I was five, he was a teenager. At ten I was reading comics while he was chasing girls. And at fifteen, I was building kites while he was married and had a child. But our bond grew as we matured together and in my forties we became close. One of our common likes was music and we both really liked TIME. When he suddenly passed at age fifty seven, we played this song at his funeral. To this day, it reminds me of the many plans we made post retirement, that never were, and tears flow. Time waits for no one. I wish this most beautiful melody and lyrics to be played at my passing as well. Perhaps we will meet again?

  5. anonymous
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    Jul 8th 2020 report

    I have a 14 year old daughter who is going through all that a 14 year old has to endure to get to that place called adulthood which has its own heartaches and pain. I never really liked this song I thought it was dreary back when I was just about her age when it was popular...around the very early 80s. We were driving the other day and it was on my "oldies" station. She looked at the radio to see who it was. Just now...days later she's I am hearing it playing in her room. I looked up the lyrics and to me it means going through the process of time...getting on with life and growing and maturing into a wonderful loving human being. I no longer think of it as a dreary song...it is soothing and comforting in knowing that this too shall pass and there are many wonderful things waiting in this beautiful life.

  6. anonymous
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    Jun 25th 2020 report

    This song brings a peaceful state of mind to me. It flows like a dream in fact when I listen to it-it has come to me when I’m asleep. I married my soulmate when we were young-dating age 16 near 17. Mention this because he was devastated when we broke up once, realized I might never find another who cared for me like that, fought settling with one guy at that age. Best decision I ever made was to get back together-have had many challenges but 3 children 8 grand children later-close to age 70 so glad we made it. As the waves of time and life carry us along somehow we make it through. We were poor-worked hard for our accomplishments-worked to be good parents-both had at least one difficult parent. Life will keep flowing on and on, til it’s gone forever...God-center of our lives and still is. God tells us not to despair-have faith, God bless you all and enjoy such a beautiful song.

  7. anonymous
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    May 15th 2020 report

    This song has a nostalgic tone to me. When I listen to it, I remember the people I have met over the years, people who were important to me at the time, but who are now part of a past that is becoming increasingly foggy. I also remember the woman in my life, whom I met just over 15 years ago. Each one went to live in a different country, and now we are foreigners living separated by an ocean. I always wonder if I'll ever see her again.

  8. anonymous
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    May 11th 2020 report

    My little brother was killed in 1983. He was only 29.....four years older than my oldest grandson is today. Being a Christian, I had hoped that he saw something in the way I lived my life that would point him to explore what God is all about. I felt like I was robbed of the time to see this happen.....like it was all up to me.
    I thought so much about this song and wanted to buy it to play at his graveside services, but I realized that maybe my folks would like something more traditional. A few days later when my dad, sister, and I went to pick up his things they included all his records. Tim had an eclectic taste in music and had over 100 albums. We scooped everything up, and later, as we were going through his albums, guess what album was right there? I cried all over again. I cried for days......”maybe for forever”. I had to face the fact that God doesn’t force anyone, but He does give opportunities to make choices all the time. Whatever choices Tim made were between Timmy and God. But in my heart I know Tim would be very happy in Heaven. I play this song often and it does give me hope that it’s only “maybe” forever. RIP little brother. I miss you so much.
    In memory of Tim McCutcheon 1954-1983

  9. anonymous
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    Nov 23rd 2019 report

    What this song means two things to me.
    1) One person who is still alive being reminded that their time is not yet but there is a special person on the other waiting for them.
    2)Everyone in the end will pass on some day because just like the sea, there is a new wave all the time. Time waits for no one.

  10. anonymous
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    Jun 28th 2019 report

    When it was popular in 1982 the love of my life had just gotten married, which was 1 year after we broke up. I was very young, 22, but I knew that he was the love of my life. There is no consoling whatsoever when you lose the love of your life. So he was my "friend" in which I had to accept he was gone...forever. Cried no-stop for 2+ years. Deep down I had this feeling we would get back together though. Sadly my heartbreak endured throughout my 20s and early 30s. I wouldn't let go of my love for him. His marriage lasted 5 years...even he admitted he rebounded. We got back together when I was 34. I was ambivalently happy. Didn't last; his issues in which we initially parted not only still prevailed but had worsened (mental illness causing his self-destructive behavior leading to addiction to alcohol). He lied to me, something he never did. He has an IQ > 160 and he didn't finish school. Aimless life trajectory. So at age 36 I realized I need to finally let him go. Too bad for me I am 59 and still haven't found love. So now I listen to the song and my tears return.

  11. anonymous
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    May 28th 2019 report

    The song has a haunting melody that’s addictive. The lyrics can mean different things to different people. To me, the song is about the end of life. That we are all mortal and as time continues it’s flow ( on and on), we will eventually die. Will we meet again in a different time or place? Is there an afterlife? Is there a God? Some questions that many of us think about throughout our lives.

  12. anonymous
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    Feb 20th 2019 report

    To me since the first time I listened to this music, it became associated with the changes I had to do in my life at that time. Curiously,this music here and there started playing in the radio when I was about to make an important decision that could make me depart away from friends and dear ones. But I had to do it because a change was needed and one of the sacrifices was to leave friends and dear ones behind because I had to move from where I was living, working, from my home town. Because time does not wait for our indecision, it flows like a river to the sea of our life time. So, TIME instead of meaning death or loss it means to me change my tomorrow based on my decisions today.

  13. anonymous
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    Aug 26th 2018 report

    To me its about sucide

  14. anonymous
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    May 18th 2018 report

    This song is not about death, on the contrary, it connects us all with the universe, it opens our souls and makes us feel full of love. To me the most beautiful song ever written,

  15. jfaubs
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    Nov 23rd 2017 report

    when i first heard time, before that it was
    Chicago Bulls tune when the team entered the floor
    then i heard time. I am so sorry for the loss
    of your soulmate. The tears stream down my face
    every day too. I lost everyone i cared for.The 2
    things which keep me alive are God who can do all things, and the 14 songs I have composed over 21
    years. i have copywrited only 3. We are the peop;e who cam face reality. I miss her too.

    This lyrics are from a song I wrote. How could you leave, in that way? thought wed be together
    on this day. But you are gone untul the hands of
    Jesus take me away, and we cant handle the memories. dba JFobs

  16. anonymous
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    Oct 25th 2016 report

    This song describes my feelings perfectly right now. I have a serious illness, awith no cure (yet) and my "soul mate" and I recently stopped talking (I don't know why. His choice,) I feel this song deep inside my soul and tears are shamelessly pouring down my face as I type this. I have lost my soulmate and needed to embrace this song today, let the tears out and let him go.

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