"Time Passes Slowly" as written by and Bob Dylan....
Time passes slowly up here in the mountains
We sit beside bridges and walk beside fountains
Catch the wild fishes that float through the stream
Time passes slowly when you're lost in a dream

Once I had a sweetheart, she was fine and good-lookin'
We sat in her kitchen while her mama was cookin'
Starin' out the window to the stars high above
Time passes slowly when you're searchin' for love

Ain't no reason to go in a wagon to town
Ain't no reason to go to the fair
Ain't no reason to go up, ain't no reason to go down
Ain't no reason to go anywhere

Time passes slowly up here in the daylight
We stare straight ahead and try so hard to stay right
Like the red rose of summer that blooms in the day
Time passes slowly and fades away


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"Time Passes Slowly" as written by Bob Dylan

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    General Commenti think this is one of dylan's underrated song (as are many on 'new morning'). i really like the way he phrases some of the lines in this song, like: 'Stared on out the window to the stars high above/Time passes slowly when you're searching for love'. Any fans of dylan's should definately give this song a listen, its one of those great song that feels more personal because it isn't one of his big numbers. it has a really relaxing, layed back feel with some nice piano work. as for the meaning it seem quite straight forward but i wouldn't put it past dylan to has some cryptic hidden message in there, but it's a great song.
    msr123on September 15, 2006   Link
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    General Commentim two years late to agree with you mrs123. its suck a mellow song. the music is just as good as the lyrics and thats rare with dylan i find
    martindxon February 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentConcur with thoughts about New Morning. I've been reading Krishnamurti lately and have been thinking about the line "Time passes slowly when you're searching for love." Now, over the years I haven't really given much thought to this song. It just felt like a homey country tune about the virtues of simplicity, family, love, nature. But I'm wondering if there's a deeper meaning. When time passes slowly, when time drags on one it usually makes one miserable, no? In light of Krishnamurti, who claims that the thinking of love, the yearning for love has the unintended result of losing love, I wonder if Dylan is saying that searching for love = time passing slowly = misery.
    DharmaRainon June 13, 2010   Link

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