"Pastime Paradise" as written by and Stevie Wonder....
They've been spending most their lives
Living in a pastime paradise
They've been spending most their lives
Living in a pastime paradise
They've been wasting most their time
Glorifying days long gone behind
They've been wasting most their days
In remembrance of ignorance oldest praise

Tell me who of them will come to be
How many of them are you and me
Dissipation
Race relations
Consolation
Segregation
Dispensation
Isolation
Exploitation
Mutilation
Mutations
Miscreation
Confirmation, to the evils of the world

They've been spending most their lives
Living in a future paradise
They've been spending most their lives
Living in a future paradise
They've been looking in their minds
For the day that sorrows gone from time
They keep telling of the day
When the savior of love will come to stay

Tell me who of them will come to be
How many of them are you and me
Proclamation
Of race relations
Consolation
Integration
Verification
Of revelations
Acclamation
World salvation
Vibrations
Stimulation
Confirmation, to the peace of the world

They've been spending most their lives
Living in a pastime paradise
They've been spending most their lives
Living in a pastime paradise
They've been spending most their lives
Living in a future paradise
They've been spending most their lives
Living in a future paradise
We've been spending too much of our lives
Living in a pastime paradise

Let's start living our lives
Living for the future paradise
Praise to our lives
Living for the future paradise
Shame to anyone's lives
Living in the pastime paradise


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"Pastime Paradise" as written by Stevie Wonder

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  • +5
    General CommentTo me, "pastime paradise" means nostalgia. Stop living in the past (and for that matter stop idly dreaming of the future) and work towards a better tomorrow.
    DrRoyon May 04, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song is about living in the moment, living in the now. Many of us spend our lives dealing so much with the pains of the past, or the fears or hope of the future, that life escapes us. Every moment spent in the past or the future robs of the enjoyment of the moment,
    randolf888on July 10, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentuh...this song is AWESOME!!!
    Seriously I own this cd and this song is great!
    chaossphereon December 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song's music was used for Gangsta's Paradise by Coolio. It's obvious if you hear both songs, but lots of people seem to not have heard of Pastime Paradise... which is a shame, since this is an awesome song.
    docsigma2000on February 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow... a sick song, lyrically and musically. only expectable from stevie wonder.

    as well as it's immortality. stevie wonder is totally immortal. and he deserves it.
    rupertgriffinon July 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is about people who never knew about God's love and are very worldly people and few who are Godly people waiting for the Savior of love which is Jesus.
    Warren67on August 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti see this song as being about the past and future of racsim... too many people are looking back on what was, all the hate but we should be looking for the love...
    "Let's start living our lives
    Living for the future paradise"
    silverprodon October 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHella song I LOVE IT
    mms5129on May 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the haunting sounds of the songs.

    My fave line: "Tell me who of them will come to be
    How many of them are you and me"

    Great song by a great artist!!
    **Michael.JACKSON**
    knieretson April 13, 2010   Link
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    General Comment

    They've been spending most their lives
    Living in a pastime paradise
    They've been spending most their lives
    Living in a pastime paradise
    They've been wasting most their lives
    Glorifying days long gone behind
    They've been wasting most their days
    In remembrance of ignorance oldest praise
    Tell me who of them will come to be
    How many of them are you and me

    Dissipation
    Race Relations
    Consolation
    Segregation
    Dispensation
    Isolation
    Exploitation
    Mutilation
    Mutations
    Miscreation
    Confirmation.......to the evils of the world

    They've been spending most their lives
    Living in a future paradise
    They've been spending most their lives
    Living in a future paradise
    They've been looking in their minds
    For the day that sorrow's gone from time
    They keep telling of the day
    When the Savior of love will come to stay
    Tell me who of them will come to be
    How many of them are you and me

    Proclamation of Race Relations
    Consolation
    Integration
    Verification of Revelations
    Acclamation
    World Salvation
    Vibrations
    Simulation
    Confirmation.......to the peace of the world

    They've been spending most their lives
    Living in a pastime paradise
    They've been spending most their lives
    Living in a pastime paradise
    They've been spending most their lives
    Living in a future paradise
    They've been spending most their lives
    Living in a future paradise
    We've been spending too much of our lives
    Living in a pastime paradise

    Let's start living our lives
    Living for the future paradise
    Praise to our lives
    Living for the future paradise
    Shame to anyones lives
    Living in a pastime paradise

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    Released September 1976. The first few chords are a prelude to Bach's C Minor. The song has been released by 9 other artists: Ray Barretto in 1980; Billy MacKenzie in 1992; Panache Culture in 1994; Najee in 1995; Trijnte Oosterhuis in 1999; Youngblood Bass Band in 2000; Sherry Winston in 2000; Rainer in 2000; and the great Patti Smith in 2007. (I added the 'great' part:)

    TurnMeOnon November 16, 2011   Link

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