"Caught Somewhere In Time" as written by and Stephen Percy Harris....
If you had the time to lose,
An open mind and time to choose,
Would you care to take a look,
Or can you read me like a book?

Time is always on my side,
Time is always on my side.

Can I tempt you, come with me,
Be Devil may care, fulfill your dream,
If I said I'd take you there,
Would you go, would you be scared?

Time is always on my side,
Time is always on my side.

Don't be afraid, you're safe with me,
Safe as any soul can be, honestly,
Just let yourself go.

[Chorus]
Caught somewhere in time
Caught somewhere in time
Caught somewhere in time, oh oh

Like a wolf in sheep's clothing,
You try to hide your deepest sins,
Of all the things that you've done wrong,
And I know where you belong.

Time is always on my side,
Time is always on my side.

Make you an offer you can't refuse,
You've only got your soul to lose
Eternally
Just let yourself go!

Caught somewhere in time
Caught somewhere in time
Caught now in two minds!


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"Caught Somewhere in Time" as written by Stephen Percy Harris

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  • +3
    General CommentThis song reminds me about the (2001) film Donnie Darko. It's weird, because Somewhere in Time was released in '86.
    "Time is always on my side" brings an instant image of Frank the Rabbit to mind.
    It's probably about time itself, if you look closely, the album itself is:

    Wasted Years: Running out of time, realizing it's to late to go back

    Sea of Madness: maybe somebody did something terrible (murder?) and wants to rewind time, but they can't, thus remaining in the Sea of Madness

    Heaven Can Wait: Near-Death Experience

    The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner: cross-country runner, eyes always on a clock, like in the short-story

    Stranger in A Strange Land: how somebody got preserved in ice, thus time remains still for them, them never being able to move, yet

    Déjà Vu: that odd feeling, like you've been somewhere before

    Alexander the Great: History, self-explanatory.
    Atno000on September 13, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWell, I DID agree with TonganDeathGrip, right up until the whole alternate universe thingy...

    "If you had the time to lose,
    An open mind and time to choose,
    Would you care to take a look,
    Or can you read me like a book?"

    The devil is asking if the guy has the time to go to another time, maybe to see himself in the future. Then he asks if the guy KNOWS that the devil is going to take his soul, seeing thorough his scam.

    "Can I tempt you, come with me,
    Be Devil may care, fulfill your dream,
    If I said I'd take you there,
    Would you go, would you be scared?"

    This sounds like the devil is asking if the guy is willing to do something scary in order to fulfill his dream.

    "Make you an offer you can't refuse,
    You've only got your soul to lose...
    Eternally...Just let yourself go!"

    This sounds like the actual offer, eternal enslavement to the devil, losing your soul, etc.

    "Like a wolf in sheep's clothing,
    You try to hide your deepest sins,
    Of all the things that you've done wrong,
    And I know where you belong."

    The devil can see through the guy trying to mask his sins by acting good, and knows that he belongs in Hell.

    Basically, the song is about a guy who wants to time travel, probably to the future. The devil comes and offers to take him if he's really devoted. The devil tries to pursuade him to give him his soul in order to take him to the future. The guy apparently agrees, as the chorus is "caught somewhere in time". He is stuck somewhere in the future and can't leave. Maybe he doesn't like it, maybe he misses his home. In any case the devil never takes him back. "Time is always on my side" maybe refers to the fact that the devil can control time, in the song, to take the guy to the future and dump him there.
    Narcoleptic Birdon April 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWANTED: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. P.O. Box 322, Oakview, CA 93022. You'll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before.
    ZiM!on March 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is partly based on Doctor Who, which was almost cancelled during the mid-80's. This is Iron Maiden's tribute to the show, in a sense. I believe, on one version of the album covers there is a TARDIS on the back of the sleeve.

    Great song.
    Insanity_Himselfon July 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with Atno000, and I think its a concept album. I think that Narcoleptic bird is right, but I think it is about travelling into the past, where subject wants to change something he did in the past. At wasted years he realize that devil fucked him and realize that now there's no coming back. Sea of madness is probably song about something wrong that subject did and now he wants to change it, but on way to there he has near death experience(heaven can wait). At LOLDR he decides to take the shit in his hands and try to get back in the future. He fucks up and goes somewhere else(SIASL)
    VuVangon October 27, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA good song off of Iron Maiden's "Somewhere In Time" album. My favorite part of the song is probably the chorus.
    Teufelon September 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo it doesn't. It sounds like it says "Caught soomewhere in time" as they are the lyrics. How you can even think it that the sound "ty" is the sound "tur" I don't know. It doesn't even come close to sounding like that. anyway, good song about someone who's got power over time and can go anywhere, I think.
    UpTheIronson September 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, anthrax i have no idea what you're talking about. the vocals are pretty distinct, unless you're trying to be funny or something. anyway, this song is great. somewhere in time is one of my favorite maiden albums.
    hermanator05on December 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAny idea what the song actually means, anyone.
    TheEyeIsBlindon October 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentZiM: If you haven't build your Time MAchine out of a Delorean, I'm with you! Contact me asap. Can bring a live Katana, Experience in Aikido, and an SVD-Dragunov Sniper Rifle.
    bloodomenon May 18, 2006   Link

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