No time left now for shame, horizon behind me, no more pain
Windswept stars blink and smile, another song, another mile
You read the line every time, ask me about crime in my mind
Ask me why another read song, funny but I bet you never left home

[Chorus:]
On a good day, it's not every day,
We can part the sea
And on a bad day, it's not every day,
Glory beyond our reach

Seconds until sunrise, tired but wiser for the time
Lightning 30 miles away, three thousand more in two days

[Chorus]



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"Wiser Time" as written by Christopher Mark/robinson Robinson

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    Song Meaning:I never thought the lyrics amounted to anything more than what they are. So I don't think the road is the motif, I think it is the whole song!

    It sounds to me like a straight-forward ode to touring, probably penned after an especially bad show. They shake off their lumps knowing that there's another show tomorrow for all new faces, and then another one the day after that.

    On the road, you have a bad show, get over it, go to the next one, and try again. The critics have no idea what happens to a band backstage or before a show ("funny, but I've bet you never left home" is an obvious FU to fans/critics that write-off a band for a bad performance when they could have been through a $#!+storm to even make the show) so, by comparison, the critics are none-the-wiser.
    PinsNeedleson August 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Wow, what a great song. Simple, melodic, slightly cosmic and altogether refined and well played. A classic work of songwriting for the song's musicality and lyrics from one of the most underrated albums in rock and roll, Amorica. It's a relationship-on-the- road song--a couple striving to make things work against the odds. Even more, it's about moving onward and upward in spite of past transgressions, especially in relationships. The lyrics suggest a tumultuous relationship between two lovers, possibly new to each other, who, when things are going well, are capable of incredible, often improbable things: "On a good day . . . we can part the sea." However, every rose has its thorn. When things are not so good, even simple things, like the "glory" shared between two lovers, are impossible to attain: "On a bad day . . . Glory beyond our own reach." I am especially fond of the last four lines of this song. They seem to hint at an up-all-night argument (and possibly an intimate resolution?) between these two lovers. Fighting until dawn, neither one giving up because they are too much in love to let it all go, willing to give that last ounce of energy to save what is, more often than not, a tremendous, heartfelt connection between two people: "Tired, but wiser for the time." And, like all those who love another, there is more heartache on the horizon, "Lightning thirty miles away," and more trouble to get through in the future: "Three-thousand more in two days."

    Whatever, it is, whatever your interpretation may be, you can't deny the song's musicianship. I still, to this day, listen to the back-to-back solos, guitar and organ, and still smile at the talent of this band. Excellent work, Crowes.
    avdelaurentison May 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Yes, this is a good song.

    Not enough people have commented on this (or any other Black Crowes song for that matter o_O)
    NickBush24on January 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I like the first interpretation. I myself have always seen it as a sort of ode to a loner, whether on his own by choice or by force, struggling against society's stigmas and corruptions... but I guess one would always hold tight to a song's first impression... whatever it means it's a damn fine song.
    lzphishheadon January 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:It's about a relationship, be it between brothers or lovers, whatever. The ups and downs, on a good day, we can part the sea. No matter what we stick together and we are wiser for the time. The song also has a road travel theme to it as well.
    remedy74on November 09, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:I agree with remedy74.. this is about Chris and Rich Robinson.
    joedrums8aon April 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:--No time left now for shame
    (we're on the road, moving forward and can't worry about past regrets)

    --Horizon behind me no more pain
    (we've covered some ground and those problems are far in the rear view)

    --Windswept stars blink and smile
    (we're really out there now, miles from where we started, sometimes the stars are all we see in the sky driving at night reminding us to push on, we are free,.. other times we run into really grand people in the world, windswept people, sometimes famous and rich rock stars and movies stars that schmooze with us at Hollywood parties we've been to now that we are successful)

    --Another song, another mile
    (Each moment from place to place, hour to hour, person to person, and all things along the way)

    --You read the line every time
    ("you" at home, read whatever makes it back and perhaps wonder what's going on)

    --You ask me about crime in my mind
    (you wonder how we could live so free when everyone else punches the clock)

    --You ask me why another roadsong
    (you wonder why we continue to live our own way)

    --Funny, but I'll bet you never left home
    (alot of your questions about us are answered when you take the journey)

    --On a good day, well I know it ain't everyday
    --We can part the sea
    --On a bad day, well I know its not everyday
    --Glory beyond our reach
    (we live, we go for it, and when it's on we can accomplish magic in life, romance, coming and going places doing amazing things, and as long as we keep that sentiment alive, our bad days will be greater than most others best)

    --Fourteen seconds till sunrise
    --Tired, but wiser for the time
    (we've been so drivin to get where we are and we are road worn but so much fuller and better off for it because the world we're in never stops spinning)

    --Lightening thirty miles away
    --Three thousand more in two days
    (we see flashes of electricity and feel the sensation that awaits us ahead, and crowds of people energized with more where they came from too)

    --On a good day, well I know it ain't everyday
    --We can part the sea
    --On a bad day, well I know its not everyday
    --Glory beyond our reach

    --On a good day, well I know it ain't everyday
    --We can part the sea
    --On a bad day, well I know its not everyday
    --Glory beyond our reach

    I hope this was worth your time to read, as I am a southern rocker who made the trip to California with my brother, my guitar, and my dreams. But as a kid from the south the 1st show I ever went to was the Black Crowes opening for Robert Plant and I'v been a BC fan ever since! I believe this song has alot of double meanings, things everyday people can relate to, somethings that are exactly like life on the road literally, and other clever metaphors about the things they as a successfull rock group experienced with people, artists, lovers, and friends.
    iNapperon March 10, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Yeah, it is mainly about the touring life of a band. But am I crazy to think there's a little about the come-down from psychedelics? "Tired, but wiser for the time..."
    AndrewMuon April 12, 2014   Link

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