"Once Upon A Time" as written by and Mark Curtis/kennedy Alston....
No time before it's too soon
No time after it's too late
Time's getting old, time's over now
Don't try to be on time
Don't try to run after time
Time's getting on, time's over now

I'm a little boy, you're a little girl
Once upon a time
I'm a little boy, you're a little girl
Once upon a time
Time's getting on, time's over now
I'm a little boy, you're a little girl
Once upon a time
I'm a little boy, you're a little girl
Once upon a time
Time's getting on, time's over now

I'm a little boy, you're a little girl
Once upon a time
I'm a little boy, you're a little girl
Once upon a time
Time's getting on, time's over now
I'm a little boy, you're a little girl
Once upon a time
I'm a little boy, you're a little girl
Once upon a time
Time's getting on, time's over now


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"Once Upon a Time" as written by Lisa Steele Kirth Anthony Atkins

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +1
    General CommentYeah! Finally new Air-song! I think this is about how time goes on and on... Maybe.
    I´m too tired to think of big things. Anywa, I´m waiting for the new album.
    psychocherryon February 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm stoked about the new album, too! I just bought it yesterday on a whim (my first exposure to AIR) and I'm really impressed. They remind me of Explosions in the Sky.

    Anyway, I think this song is about how time always feels relative. If something seems to soon, it feels like there's no time left before it, etc. Great piano, though. Yum!
    jalchemooron March 12, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyessss this is the first air song i heard and i really like it so i bought the whole album and i love it! im also a big fan of Explosions.

    the thing about this song that stuck out to me the most were the drums. the beat is really cool and complex imo
    campbellon May 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentto me....i think this song means to live in the moment. As for the whole "im a little boy, your a little girl".....i thought of it like this..when i was a kid, and as for all of us when we were kids, how many of you were conscience of time?? did you guys always check when your essay will be done, or when the bus is running late or early, or how long we exercise for or what time you have to wake up at so you wont be late for work. No we didnt, cuz when we were little kids....we didnt have to worry about it. We had parents to take care of all of that. Time was never a hinderance for us as kids and during those times, we lived in the moment.
    theeonekoreanon October 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIt's sweet reading the innocent interpretations from 10 years ago when the album first came out.

    But if you check out the album as a whole and the songs are all about heartbreak, disappointment, and things coming to an end. This song sets the tone.

    "I'm a little boy, you're a little girl" refers to the feeling a very intimate relationship can have that the people have known each other their whole lives going back to childhood.

    "Once upon a time" refers to how it was in the past, or is passing, and how it was so magic it seems like a fairy tale to him.

    "Time's getting on, time's over now" refers to the relationship ending. The "time" from "once upon a time" is over now.

    Taken together, he's saying that somewhere back there, they are still the little boy and little girl, but that was once upon a time, and in the present, their time is ending, has ended.

    The admonishments "no time after it's too late" and "don't try to run after time" refer to not trying to resurrect the relationship after it's become clear that it's over.

    It is a terribly heartbreaking lyric.
    Euthymiaon October 22, 2017   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song absolutely kills me. I think it is about how death is part of life, how time only ever moves us forward, bringing us closer to the end.

    The experience of time changes, from when we are children and time goes slowly and has a magical and endless quality, to when you are older and time feels precious and short. But time ALWAYS marches forward, never backward. Whether it feels slow or fast, it is still bringing us closer to death.

    "Time's getting old, time's over now...Don't try to run after time…time's over now" These all reflect the fact that time is NOT limitless; time will truly end one day for us all.

    You may remember being a little boy or a little girl, “once upon a time”, but you can't travel backwards. Time passes…until it runs out. When time is TRULY over then you die. Thus the musical punctuation at the lyrics “time’s over now.”

    As someone who is struggling with a family member's recent death, the lyrics are so poignant to me. You will always remember your youth, and that feeling of time being endless. You may yearn for this and hope to chase that time and that feeling, but eventually it will be far behind you.

    I love this song intensely.
    Bellissimaon November 06, 2017   Link

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