"Flirting With Time" as written by and Tom Petty....
A coyote ran across the road
On the move without a home
A flash of light reminded me of you

This could well be your last stand
Hold the sunlight in your hand
Spread your fingers
Feel the sand fall through

I've done all I can do, now it's up to you...

You're flirting with time baby
Flirting with time, and maybe
Time, baby, is catching up with you

Shadow men talk a real good game
Every punch line has your name
You cried out and no one came to you

I've done all I can do, now it's up to you...

You're flirting with time baby
Flirting with time, and maybe
Time, baby, is catching up with you

Should be more to learn from this
Can't say I know what it is
No difference 'tween a hit or miss, it's true

I've done all I can do, now it's up to you...

You're flirting with time baby
Flirting with time, and maybe
Time, baby, is catching up with you


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"Flirting with Time" as written by Tom Petty

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    General CommentGreat song. Best on the new album, which is saying a lot.
    arrstaron August 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt this a slap at the old wife?
    philmelinon October 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentone of the best
    ./on January 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe man is absolutely brilliant. His music is the soundtrack to my life and having seen him live when he came to London last year, I am privileged. This song is sublime. Whatever the lyrics mean I think it's very tongue in cheek.
    mrslangtryno1on August 26, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationTom Petty is a legend. I love his uncomplicated song structures and emotive lyrics. He has always been in my life. Sometimes quiet and unassuming and other times very loud and proud - Like my big brother.

    For me this song reminds me of the time when my father passed away. This is a personal interpretation of a song that helped me out in a big way at a sad and painful time.

    My Dad had been ill for some time and had been in and out of hospital for a while. Unable to return home he went to live with my dear sister who cared for him until he finally had to go to a nursing home. We were told that there was no hope and it was just a matter of time. My father was nearing the end and I was driving the 70 odd miles to spend the night with him at the nursing home when I first heard this song off Toms latest - Highway Companion.

    So while I guess this song is most likely about something else entirely for me its all about my dads passing.
    1st verse - on the move without a home. (as explained earlier)
    2nd verse This could well be your last stand hold the sunlight in your hand. Spread your fingers feel the sand fall through are all about him (and me) accepting his fate.
    The family had done all they could and now it was up to him. He was flirting with time and sadly time was catching up with him.
    The shadowmen represent the medical team and carers in the background and while I knew my Dad was being well cared for the lyric made me wonder if he had cried out and no one came to him.
    The last verse reflects the helpless way we all felt and not having any answers.
    My father passed away that night.
    I have never known the timing of my first listen to a song to have such personal relevance.
    I know this is a sad interpretation but when ever I hear the song I turn the volume up and think fondly of my dear old Dad. May he rest in Peace always. Thanks Tom.
    paul649602on March 21, 2016   Link

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