"Time" as written by Premro Smith and T. Jones....
Time, he's waiting in the wings
He speaks of senseless things
His script is you and me, boys

Time, he flexes like a whore
Falls wanking to the floor
His trick is you and me, boy

Time, in quaaludes and red wine
Demanding Billy Dolls
And other friends of mine
Take your time

The sniper in the brain, regurgitating drain
Incestuous and vain
And many other last names
Oh, well, I look at my watch, it say nine twenty-five
And I think "oh God, I'm still alive"

We should be on by now
We should be on by now
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la

You are not a victim
You just scream with boredom
You are not evicting time

Chimes, goddamn, you're looking old
You'll freeze and catch a cold
'Cause you've left your coat behind
Take your time

Breaking up is hard, but keeping dark is hateful
I had so many dreams
I had so many breakthroughs
But you, my love, were kind, but love has left you dreamless
The door to dreams was closed
Your park was real dreamless
Perhaps you're smiling now
Smiling through this darkness
But all I had to give was guilt for dreaming

We should be on by now
We should be on by now
We should be on by now
We should be on by now
We should be on by now
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, yeah, time!


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"Time" as written by David Bowie

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  • +2
    General CommentI think the two lines, "flexes like a whore" and "wanking to the floor" are supposed to be interpretations of what the hands of a clock looks like. Just check it out for yourself.

    10:10 - "flexes like a whore"
    09:00 - "falls wanking to the floor" (no legs)
    09:25 - '"Oh God I'm still alive"' (hurdled over [drunk or in pain, maybe?])
    maninthewombon January 04, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentReminds me of the void between input and output. Everyone goes through it once. That's adolescence. Artists go in and out and in and out and in and out again. That's just being an artist.
    It's a depression and a numb sort of cowardice. You know you could be doing something productive with your time, learning how to play another instrument or helping someone with their chores. You just can't seem to escape the sludge of your own spirits, and no amount of rationalising or motivational speeches will force you into doing so. That's why I'm wasting my own precious time commenting on David Bowie's lyrics. Not that the aren't worth commenting on.

    NellieWhiskeyon June 20, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI believe this song is about nothing more than knowing that time ends all things. Time is compared to a predator(he's waiting in the wings), a director (his script is you and me), and a few other things. Bowie is just saying that any second now he expects time to come and get him (Oh God I'm still alive). Then towards the end of the song he changes it and says "take your time" but I do not think he means you have the time to take. Instead I think he means use the remainder of your time before it's too late. At the end I think it's about someone dying; "Perhaps you're smiling now, smiling through this darkness
    But all I had to give was the guilt for dreaming"
    That concludes my interpretation.
    BowieOwnsAllon January 11, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with BowieOwnsAll (and oh he does!), however, Bowie himself, in an interview once said in regards to this song something like "Oh my god! I've written a GAY song!"
    IcarusIncarnateon December 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of the most underrated Bowie songs out there. What an amazing song!
    thinwhiteduchesson March 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like the intro alot and then how the song just explodes. Very glam, this one.
    Bonehead XLon June 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song would of had critical and popular success if he had omitted the lines about time flexing like a whore and wanking to the floor.

    Those lines define this as a Ziggy/ Bowie bisexual song though. I love it.
    ejownz6on September 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe sniper in the brain, regurgitating drain
    Incestuous and vain, and many other last names
    I look at my watch it say 9:25 and I think "Oh God I'm still alive"

    Fucking Genius.
    kankurouon September 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is layered with meaning. An obvious one is the passing of time, not just the shortness of a lifetime, but the tendency for time to vary in it's pace, one moment it speeds by, the next it crawls in tedium, another interpretation of time 'flexing like a whore', not a physical flex, but a perception one, the juxtaposition between it's fleeting when youre enjoying yourself but showing no interest in passing when you're not. Touring is known for its long, dull, periods in between performances, travelling, sound checking, ect, often given as a reason for a lot of artist's drug taking, in this case quaaludes and red wine, and the generally missed double meaning of Billy Dolls (I'm looking at you, Wikipedia) not just a nod to the New York Dolls, but also amphetamine in capsule form (Billy Whizz, a character from the Beano comic, was a British slang term for speed, also known as just Billy or Whizz, 'dolls' is used as a term for capsule drugs in Jaqueline Susanne's cult 1966 novel Valley of the Dolls), 'other friends of mine' could well be referencing cocaine.
    A great song, RIP Mr Jones, I feel like I've lost a friend.
    SakuraFallingon May 12, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat an amazing song? The lyrics flow so smoothly and the music is electrifying. I think that this Aladdin Sane classic is about time running out similar to "Rock N Roll Suicide" on Ziggy. Please someone else share your interpretation of this song.
    BenDon2000on June 20, 2002   Link

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