"One Time" as written by Robert Fripp, Trey Gunn, William Scott Bruford, Anthony Charles Levin, Pat Mastelotto and Adrian Belew....
One eye goes laughing,
One eye goes crying
Through the trials and trying of one life
One hand is tied,
One step gets behind
In one breath we're dying

I've been waiting for the sun to come up
Waiting for the showers to stop
Waiting for the penny to drop
One time

And I've been standing in a cloud of plans
Standing on the shifting sands
Hoping for an open hand
One time


Lyrics submitted by Metropolis, edited by Vadiar

"One Time" as written by Trey Gunn Robert Fripp

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    General CommentI don't know if I'm correct but to me this song suggests that life is fragile (In one breath we're dying) and we never know what hardships we may come to endure in life and that there may be no reward for our efforts. Also that we're like beggars when it comes to our future plans and their certainty, and our chances of changing what life has in store for us.
    kristaps_kon January 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think you're pretty close, and there's always room for interpratation in Belew's stuff. I just have t say that I kind of "discovered" this song on the Eyes Wide Open DVD, and I was so surprised. It's got to be one of the most beautiful songs I've heard in recent years.
    itzedon February 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commentline 9 "waiting for the panic to drop"

    Amazing song


    Shine On
    Unsoundon May 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commentline 9 "waiting for the panic to drop"

    Amazing song


    Shine On
    Unsoundon May 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure it's "waiting for the penny to drop". Google agrees with me.
    I agree with kristaps_k's interpretation.
    bugmenot123on July 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song immediately struck as written on a large dose of psychedelics, where one isn't bound by time and space. He is everywhere and nowhere, he was, is, and will be and never was at all. All at once. Everything is relative in a single moment. All emotions are present and relevant.
    And in this moment a rare chance for insight is possible. It reveals how our lives may seem insignicant and yet every waking moment is so imporant. And in this moment, one may find themselves yearning for closeness and better times. And this may bring us into the intimacy of our inner selves. Which explains to me why this song suggests intimacy so much.
    MonkaCZon January 24, 2017   Link

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