"Only Time Will Tell" as written by and John Kenneth/downes Wetton....
You're leaving now
It's in your eyes
There's no disguising it
It really comes as no surprise
To find that you planned it all along

I see it now
Becomes so clear
Your insincerity
And me all starry-eyed
You'd think that I would have known by now

Now, sure as the sun will cross the sky
This lie is over
Lost, like the tears that used to tide me over

(Only time will tell)
One thing is sure
That time will tell
(Only time will tell)
If you were wrong
The brightest ring around the moon
Will darken when I die

Now, sure as the sun will cross the sky
This lie is over
Lost, like the tears that used to tide me over

You're leaving now
It's in your eyes
There's no disguising it
It really comes as no surprise
To find that you planned it all along

I see it now
Becomes so clear
Your insincerity
And me all starry-eyed
You'd think that I would have known by now

Now, sure as the sun will cross the sky
This lie is over
Lost, like the tears that used to tide me over

(Only time will tell)
You're on your own
Inside your room
(Only time will tell)
You're claiming victory
You were just using me
And there is no one you can use now

(Only time will tell)
One thing is sure
That time will tell


Lyrics submitted by TheFunkyMudgoose

"Only Time Will Tell" as written by John Wetton Geoffrey Downes

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  • +4
    General CommentThis song is about a guy that is starting to put all of the pieces of the picture together. He finally realizes her love was just a charade. At least that's my take on it.
    GottaRockOnon December 03, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI grew up with this song.I can still remember when my jr.high girlfriend broke up with me and I Listened to this song and felt so sorry for myself.LMAO right now thinking about it.we sure are vulnerable at that age.I still like Asia.and asians.
    dooglepopon May 08, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe songwriter is trying to gain sympathy from the audience because his ex dumped him. He tries to villianize the ex. Would like to hear her perspective of the relationship. And why he thinks the world of himself ("The brighest ring around the moon will darken when I die" - that's conceited).

    Several decades have passed since this song was composed. If it was based on a real life incident, I hope the songwriter has moved-on; bet the ex doesn't even reflect on what she did to him. The ultimate revenge (if a person is dumped) is to live well; not hope for the ex's misfortune. Karma always comes back around to everyone in one form or another.
    lyricalONEon July 04, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song. Typical story of of a woman who leached onto a great successful man...in this case John Wetton. As is usual with these women they are totally useless. They never accomplished anything in their lives so they have to suck the soul, energy and finances of a successful man. But in the end they up regretting their decision as they grow old and shriveled
    bob1159728on March 04, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYea, great song, I can relate to this song right now...
    CedarPointRageon August 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGood song. Pretty simple in meaning....
    xmakesherflyxon August 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song so much... she's leaving him and he's saying that she won't live without him... at least thats what i think :D
    itstehchibinesson June 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome song. Underated.
    MuffHawkon July 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAsia was one of my favorite groups in high school and this was one of my favorites that they did.
    BigDave1967on July 12, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAsia was one of my favorite groups in high school and this was one of my favorites that they did.
    BigDave1967on July 12, 2015   Link

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