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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Top 10 Songs Called "Time," and What They Will Teach You

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3. "Time," David Bowie," 1973 (5:14, single edit 3:38)

This is "Time" as a person/God/character -- a whore whose "trick is you and me." (We wonder why more haven't taken this approach in their songs called "Time.") Another reality: Songs called "Time" should be either quiet and melancholy or dynamic and epic. This one is the latter. It rules.

2. "Time," Tom Waits, 1985 (3:55)

We have officially entered the realm of true poetry about the subject of time. Waits takes the narrative, melancholy approach, and does it well.

1. "Time," Pink Floyd," 1973 (7:05; single edit 3:33)

A timeless "Time," whose overlong intro of course begins with that most jarring reminder of time: The cacophonous blare of a bunch of alarm clocks. Dingalingalingaling! This has to land near the top; sorry folks, but time is too serious a subject for surprises, brevity, or a non-English perspective.

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