"Praying For Time" as written by and George Michael....
Do you think we have time?
Do you think we have time?

These are the days of the open hand
They will not be the last
Look around now
These are the days of the beggars and the choosers

This is the year of the hungry man
Whose place is in the past
Hand in hand with ignorance
And legitimate excuses

The rich declare themselves poor
And most of us are not sure
If we have too much
But we'll taking our chance to say
I sang twenty years and a day
But nothing changed
The human race found some other guy
And walked into the flame

It's hard to love, there's so much to hate
Hanging on to hope
When there is no hope to speak of
And the wounded skies above say it's much too late
Then maybe we should all be praying for time

Doo oh oh
Do you think we have time?
Do you
Do you think we have time?

These are the days of the empty hand
Oh, you hold on to what you can
And charity, charity is a coat you wear twice a year

This is the year of the guilty man
Your television takes a stand
And you find that what was over there is over here

So you scream from behind your door
Say what's mine is mine and not yours
I may have too much but I'll take my chances
I sang twenty years and a day
'Cause nothing changed
The human race found some other guy
And walked into the flames

It's hard to love, Jesus, there's so much to hate
Hanging on to hope, there is no hope to speak of
And the wounded skies above say it's much too late
Then maybe we should all be praying for time

Doo doo doo
Do you think we have time?
Do you
Do you think we have time?
Lord, give us time

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"Praying for Time" as written by George Michael

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  • +2
    General Commentwhat a beautiful voice
    perplex_on April 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIncredible message that is so true it hurts, and unfortunately dismissed by many because it was written by ex Wham! guy. George deserved a lot of credit for this song, but I guess it would make a lot of people feel bad about themselves.
    Marcus7on April 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYep, it's really amazing that this song was written by George Michael - a person who I've always supposed to be a very futile one. It's hard to know how ironic he was on giving such an apocalyptical tone to this lyrics. Anyhow, I really enjoy this lyrics, despite it doesn't sincerely make me feel guilty of anything. I mean I surely know there are a lot of needy people everywhere I go in this world but I also know that the biggest responsible ones for their misfortune are the politicians who are able to spend real fortunes on wars and pharaonic projects but are totally unable to make something really good for helping the poor people. These are the first ones who should fear some punishment from Heaven... Nevertheless, I also think many of us could give more than we are used to give to. And most of us certainly need to learn to be less selfish and more charitable.

    Regarding more specifically the lyrics, on its 1st part he declares that it's time to look at the poverty around us with more attention before it's too late for saving ourselves from ourselves, while on its 2nd part he exposes our almost total negligence in relation to the sad things that have happened around us, so we all need to believe that it still exists time for us to come out from our comfortable houses for doing something useful for the rest of the world...
    circusjuggleron September 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great song. The lyrics are every bit as relevant today as they were nearly 20 years ago.
    Han_Soloon February 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWell, the song was a number one hit. But it's the nature of the song that might make one think that. It sort of has its place, but it's not something you hear on the radio every day. Aswell the fact that George Michael refused to appear in a video for the song.

    The lyrics encompass the song's message so effectively, that I don't think a video would have been a particularly good idea anyway.

    The song is, thankfully, not about a particular event, but sort of a commentary on the state of the world, the culture, and the media's effect on us.

    He says this is the year of the guitly man, where the television takes its stand. I may be wrong, but based off of what Michael's sad, aswell as my own interpetation, I think it's about the media programming us to believe things are a certain way, and we are guilted in various ways - always as a way to get into our pockets, or make us go along with something.

    He says charity is a coat you wear twice a year. Charity is a fashionable thing to do, and everyone will dress up for the occasion once or twice a year, but is change in their hearts? Do they truly care or understand the full gravity of the world's plight? Maybe what is over there is also over here, but they don't at all realize it. We are mesmerized and distracted, distracted by the things we must obtain before it's too late.

    We're hiding behind our posessions, our faux sense of security, so we scream from behind our doors with a defensive scream to the world outside. We cling to the things they sold us because, afterall, God stopped keeping score.

    God comes into the story quite interestingly. My interpretation is that God, not knowing what was to occur, turned his back for a moment, and his children (possibly Adam and Eve, if you like) crept out the back door, out of touch, and became lost in the world and its darknesses.

    It is as if we've made such a mess of everything, that God stopped keeping tabs on who's doing what. And he won't return because he has no one to come back for. Of course, it only seems that this is the case, and it is true in the virtual sense.

    I don't think that he is criticising God for anything, but rather, the lyric is meant to illustrate the state of mankind. That it would be a wonder if God were still with us.
    Bettermanon May 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe album Listen withouth prejudice is an album of unusual quality. I was suprised that this song was the opener for the album - this topic is rarely discussed in music and certainly not in the way that Michael discribes it. I love it how he took facts, religion and his own intepretation into this song.
    Plottoberryon June 25, 2011   Link
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    General CommentListen Without Prejudice is one of the best albums that I own, together with a Led Zeppelin album. It is incredible how talented George Michael is.

    I think this is one of his best songs. I thinkt he lyrics are pretty self explanatory.
    Plottoberryon April 30, 2012   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful song, and yeah, it's got me preying for time, and alot of other things aswell. Simply AWSOME
    WhatsWhaton January 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentA special song that i guess didn't succeed to be so popular as other songs althought it somehow great.
    pf_scorpionon May 23, 2008   Link

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