Moving clocks run so slow
I can't take my eyes off you
There's too many hands
To keep my eye on

Looking towards the light
Look a little cross-eyed
Sounds a little tongue-tied

The fast approaching midnight
We're locked out
The fast approaching midnight

So, you know, you take a little me
And I take a little you
We're all part of the century

So hold me down now, hold me down
A bitter disappointment
And I was restless, I was restless

You're winning me over
You're winning me over
Can't take my eyes off you
There's too many hands
To keep my eye on

The fast approaching midnight
We're locked out
The fast approaching midnight

So, you know, you take a little me
And I take a little you
We're all part of the century



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Moving Clocks Run Slow song meanings
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    Song MeaningI think this song is about Einstein's special relativity theory; it basically states that a clock moving with a very fast speed, say 40% of the speed of light, runs slower to the eye of the observer if he or she doesn't move. 'Looking towards the light' means that 'time' is in fact light according to the Lightcone theory, 1 lightsecond equals 1 second therefore it equals time.

    So, now that we know it is about time and the relativity of it's interpretation, the third sentence gives us a hint of what way time moves. 'Too many hands to keep my eye on' refers to the singer looking at the clock because he can't wait for 'time' to become midnight. Like the day before your birthday when you were a kid. You would (at least I would) look at the clock every minute to see what time it was. The singer is 'restless' and can't wait for midnight because he really wants to be with (probably) another person which will happen at midnight.

    Atleast that's what I came up with today in the train....
    rodka90xxlon April 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentGreat energy in this song; love it! I'll speculate that it's about having met or seen someone you're attracted to and how time is either going so slow or too fast for things to happen between the two of you?
    laurentertainingon October 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentBtw, I forgot the 'look a little cross-eyed' sentence referring to Minkowski's space-time diagram and the 'tongue-tied' because everybody always has such a hard time explaining the space-time theory explaining to other people.
    rodka90xxlon April 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentRodka90xxl, that seems absolutely absurd.
    Veiton October 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI don't think you'd name a song "moving clocks run slow" if you weren't alluding to the special theory in some way
    Caitlin2022on November 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think the general concept of the theory may be alluded to, but I don't think that it's the primary issue that the author is bringing up. I interpret this song to be mostly about feeling one's own mortality, or a sort of resigned ode to life moving too fast, heading towards death. In other words, "looking towards the light," is about staring at one's eventual death, which makes him tongue-tied/cross-eyed. Additionally, I interpret midnight as the final hour, or the end of one's life. Going a bit further, I interpret lines like "You take a little bit of me, and I take a little bit of you" to be talking about how he takes his time, while time takes him...time is slowly "winning him over" as the hours of his life go by idly.

    Also, on an up note, I think it's possible that there's meant to be a romantic parallel being drawn here.
    The "moving hands" and "we're locked out" lines seem to suggest that there's another person in this predicament, but I never fully got that.
    SaveHanson November 06, 2010   Link

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