"Time" as written by Mark Bryan, Darius Rucker, Jim Sonefeld and Dean Felber....
Time why you punish me
Like a wave bashing into the shore
You wash away my dreams

Time why you walk away
Like a friend with somewhere to go
You left me crying

Can you teach me 'bout tomorrow
And all the pain and sorrow running free
'Cause tomorrow's just another day
And I don't believe in time

Time I don't understand
Children killing in the street
Dying for the color of red

Time there red and blue
Wash them in the ocean, make them clean
Maybe their mother won't cry tonight

Can you teach me about tomorrow
And all the pain and sorrow running free
But tomorrow's just another day
And I don't believe in

Time is wasting time is walking
You ain't no friend of mine
I don't know where I'm goin'
I think I'm out of my mind
Thinking about time
And if I die tomorrow
Just lay me down in sleep

Time is wasting time is walking
You ain't no friend of mine
I don't know where I'm goin'
I think I'm out of my mind
Thinking about time

Time you left me standing there
Like a tree growing all alone
The wind just stripped me bare
Stripped me bare

Time the past has come and gone
The future's far away
And now only lasts for one second, one second

Can you teach me 'bout tomorrow
And all the pain and sorrow, running free
'Cause tomorrow's just another day
And I don't believe in time

You ain't no friend of mine
I don't know where I'm goin'
I think I'm out of my mind

Walking, wasting
You ain't no friend of mine
And I don't know where I'm goin'
No don't know

Time without courage
And time without fear
Is just wasted, wasted
Wasted time

Time why you punish me


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"Time" as written by Dean Felber Mark Bryan

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    General Comment"Children killing in the street, dying for the color of red... hey there, Red and Blue..."

    This could be about gang-war amongst youths. Red and blue are the colors for the Bloods and Crips, respectively; something of an anthem against senseless street violence, perhaps.
    Acoustic_PreMedon September 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Time" is a very deep and thoughtful song. You hear it on the radio all the time and it kind of cheapens it but here's a shocker.

    Change most references to "time" to "God" and you will see what Darius Rucker really means to say in this song. It doesn't make a lot of sense to say you don't believe in time when making such a laundry list of things that are going wrong every day in the world and in one's personal life ... but a lot more sense to say you don't believe in God after all that.
    ascribe2thelordon October 02, 2012   Link
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    General Commenttime is burning away all the secondsof our lives and hes saying that hes just gonna live his life cuz time doesnt matter to him
    chesirecaton May 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is about how time always keeps going on and on. It waits for know one, and always leaves you behind. It also mentions how everyone is killing and how there's so much 'pain and sorrow' in the world. Basically, itf you look deeper into it, all that's for nothing, because time's going to move on no matter who wins. I think he's given up on trying to figure it all out and worrying about it. He's just going to go with it, and let time drag him along like it would do anyways. He wants to learn about it, but if it's all over tomorrow, he wouldn't care.
    wolfperson1on September 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentas time goes on, things are getting worse
    jmoodson February 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song makes me a little teary eyed, because like most people i am afraid of how time passes, each second alother one closer to our deaths and a second we cant ever get back. THe song is saying to me, why bother fighting and killing when you only have so much time granted to you. Why not use that time to really enjoy life?
    linkinpark8474on August 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfully agree with chesire cat, amazing song
    LSDuseron January 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentfully agree with chesire cat, amazing song
    LSDuseron January 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSometimes, songs could really be pieces of dialogue...

    I think the singer is having a conversation with time personified. Maybe that's too abstract a concept, but I agree with the other interpretations on here.
    OpinionHeadon June 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commenttime is something that stays the same thoughout and it is somethng that cannot change under any circamstances therefore why think about it. basically time doesn't work out and people blame there shortcommings on time even through it never changes. so basically hes saying why worry about. its not changing, shifting or fixing anything by thinking about it,all it does is wastes time. therefore you need to live life and not pay attention to the deeper meaning. time can screw up manything including relationships. almost every relationship doesn't work out becaus of time in one way or another. and its not changing so its time to stop worrying about it. this i belive is what hes talking about in the song.
    karottopon December 11, 2007   Link

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