I turn my back to the wind
To catch my breath,
Before I start off again.
Driven on without a moment to spend
To pass an evening with a drink and a friend

I let my skin get too thin
I'd like to pause.
No matter what I pretend
Like some pilgrim --
Who learns to transcend --
Learns to live
As if each step was the end

Time stand still -- I'm not looking back
But I want to look around me now
See more of the people and the places that surround me now

Freeze this moment a little bit longer
Make each sensation a little bit stronger
Experience slips away...

I turn my face to the sun
Close my eyes.
Let my defences down --
All those wounds that I can't get unwound

I let my past go too fast
No time to pause --
If I could slow it all down
Like some captain, whose ship runs aground --
I can wait until the tide comes around

Make each impression a little bit stronger
Freeze this motion a little bit longer
The innocence slips away...

Summer's going fast, nights growing colder
Children growing up -- old friends growing older
Experience slips away...

Lyrics submitted by scotticus, edited by Mickyfinn

Time Stand Still song meanings
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  • +2
    General CommentI'm in my early forties now, and "children growing up, old friends growing older" means even more to me than it did when the Hold Your Fire LP came out in '87, when I was 21.
    rufustfireflyon January 31, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song. Is my absolute favourite song. Rush or any other band. Aside from being a BASS! song, the vocals and all instruments seem to blend perfectly for a sound that just takes me to another place.
    I fell in love with it about 11 years ago, an older friend played part of the bass for me, and it's been my favourite ever since.
    I believe, as others have said, that it's about holding on to what you have, and how you can't stop the passing of time. How sometimes, you just wish that things would slow the hell down and you could look a little deeper at it.

    I also see it, as something very deep to me, as being about realizing you're falling in love with someone. How you never want that moment to end, and how time really seems to stand still, or how you wish it was. How you wish so desperately that you could escape to somewhere where the craziness and change of everyday life doesn't exist, where you can concentrate on pure sensation and nothing else exists. Of course, that's a personal spin and I know it wasn't the intended meaning.
    Just my two cents.
    koishiiyumeon December 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI just recently got into rush, got their Chronicles album and this song is one of my favorite. Amazing, amazing song.
    the mongeron July 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"I turn my back to the wind" makes you think of your best friend? Wow... how deep.
    socket462on December 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI accidentally discovered this song last year, and I am sooo glad I did. It is a beautiful song, Definitely about having life rush by you and wanting to slow it down, to enjoy it more fully. Love it so much!
    kuroginon July 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's all about relishing the time you have...
    igneouson August 05, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDeals with the nature of our society - Things move to quickly, kids want to grow up too fast, and people are too busy to pause and enjoy the present.
    bigmac2002on September 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyep, just want to slow time. i just graduated and this song really hits home gettin ready to leave all my friends for college
    shed27on June 22, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the song I want to lose my virginity to.
    MasterDuncan03on July 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song takes me back to when i was a kid and always wanted to grow up, but now that i am, i kind of wish i was a kid again, because man i had some great times that i would love to live through again.

    Aimee Mann's guest vocals add a nice touch. this song really resembles 80s synth rock, but 80s synth rock kicks ass and so does this song.

    one of the best songs off of Hold Your Fire (good album)
    masterofpuppets80on May 16, 2004   Link

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