"A Matter of Time" as written by David Eric Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Christopher A. Shiflett, Nate Mendel and Pat Smear....
Let's change the subject to someone else
You know lately I've been subject to change
Normally I reel in the strange
Hangover, I'm older

You're one to talk, the heart is a clock
Just like a bomb it keeps on ticking away
Counting down to detonate
You will need an army to summon me

It doesn't matter much to me
If it doesn't matter much to you, ooh, ooh
It doesn't matter much to me
If it doesn't matter much to you

It's just a matter of time before, before
It's just a matter of time before, before
And though I hate to rewind before, before
It's just a matter of time

My past is getting us nowhere fast
I was never one for taking things slow
Nowhere seems like somewhere to go
Come over, and over

Doing my time for line after line
When will I learn to sing these crimes to myself?
Prisoners to share a cell with
I'm holding, still holding
Holding you in

It doesn't matter much to me
If it doesn't matter much to you, ooh, ooh
It doesn't matter much to me
If it doesn't matter much to you

It's just a matter of time before, before
It's just a matter of time before, before
And though I hate to rewind before, before
It's just a matter of time

Where the hell are you? Ooh, ooh
Where the hell are you? Ooh, ooh
Where the hell are you?

It's just a matter of time before, before
It's just a matter of time before, before
And though I hate to rewind before, before
It's just a matter of time

What does it matter now?
What does it matter now?
What does it matter now?
What does it matter now?
It's just a matter of time
Time


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"A Matter of Time" as written by Taylor Hawkins David Eric Grohl

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    General CommentI think this song is about someone who is trying to move on with his life, still remembering his old thang.
    "I'm holding, still holding.
    Holding you in."

    but it'll just be a "matter of time" till he forgets that twat and moves on.
    Revelryon April 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI feel like it's the opposite of what his songs are usually about, and rather, he knows that it's just a matter of time before he rekindles something with a certain person.
    Anilandon June 13, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think the significant thing here is the part about "doing my time for line after line, when will I learn to sing these crimes to myself". Seems this is a bit of a sarcastic play about doing time in a jail for "singing" about crimes!! I think though, it has a serious undertone. What crimes? And this is pretty accusing!!!

    "Prisoners to share a cell with" ... obviously about someone going to jail.
    "It's just a matter of time .." well, if you tie this in with the part about crimes and sharing a cell, then this song is about it being just a matter of time before someone goes to jail for crimes they committed.
    Interesting song !!!
    OnceInaWhileon June 19, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThe whole song isn't about anyone in particular when he says "me". He wrote it in first person for the effect, it ties in the meaning of the song. It's a matter of time before reality hits. You have to be true to who you are, learn from mistakes... jump in head first into the unknown and oh, bring your friends.

    My past is getting us nowhere fast.
    I was never one for taking things slow.
    Nowhere seems like somewhere to go.
    Come over, and over.

    This is the only line that really supports my opinion but he's totally sarcastic with the rest of the lines. Check it out

    Doing my time for line after line.
    When will i learn to sing these crimes to myself?
    Prisoners to share a cell with.
    I'm holding, still holding.
    Holding you in.

    Making decisions your not comfortable with but doing it because the other "prisoners" are doing it too- it's not comfortable in a jail cell. But you do it anyway?

    Love them!
    BobyLuon July 26, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI wanna add to the post before this, after the first stanza I feel like he's looking at the younger version of himself or just youth in general. Not wanting to revise- not having regrets. And idk why but when he sings "It doesn't matter much to me. If it doesn't matter much to you." I just picture an awkward moment trading looks with someone trying to read how they feel about something you did before you know you're okay with it. I think he was just pointing out how strange we act when were young. I read this the other day "The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication" by Aristotle. Coincidence he mentioned he was hungover? lol
    BobyLuon July 27, 2011   Link
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    General CommentFrom my understanding this is about a partner of Dave, perhaps his life partner, that won't let him forget his past drug and alcohol abuses.

    It seems he's talking from his perspective of how what's done is done and his past cannot be changed but he's still doing time by being reminded about what he got up to by his partner, when all he wants is to just move on.

    As he says, it's a hangover into old age where he's still made to feel bad about the "night before" (his past).
    TheJoostieon August 18, 2011   Link
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    General CommentFuck this shit. This is a love song. Or tragedy-love. He loves this chick, but shits going nowhere, theyre stuck, and its time to break up, or quickly do something about it.
    They're talking about it, first Dave talks about him, then about her, and how he feels shes just so much better than him.

    Then he talks about the relationship status, he doesn't care, if she doesn't care.
    Its just a matter of time They break up
    "and tho I hate to rewind" - Shit happened in the past.

    The conversation carries on, he talks about his past, and how it is a burden, and how it will take them nowhere. "Nowhere seems like somewhere to go" I can translate it to "fuck it, we're gonna break up anyways.
    The next part, maybe he talks about how they blame each other for the things that happen, "Prisioners to share a cell with" They're both guilty, they share the same cell, for the same crimes. Hes holding on to her, because they love each other, but the relationship is coming to an end.

    Then the too bridges are like the fight between them. "Where the hell are you?" Where have you been, you are not this person, I miss the old you.

    "What does it matter now, its just a matter of time" Again, Fuck this Shit, we're gonna break up anyways.
    PeterNjoon December 19, 2012   Link

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