In the quiet silent seconds I, I turned off the light switch
And I, I came down to meet you in the half light the moon left
While a, a cluster of night jars sang some songs out of tune
A mantle of bright light shone down from a room

Come down in time I still hear her say
So clear in my ear like it was today
Come down in time was the message she gave
Come down in time and I'll meet you half way

Well I don't know if I should have heard her as yet
But a, a true love like hers is a, a hard love to get
And I've, I've walked most all the way and I, I ain't heard her call
And I, I'm getting to thinking if she's coming at all

Come down in time I still hear her say
So clear in my ear like it was today
Come down in time was the message she gave
Come down in time and I'll meet you half way

There are women, women, and some hold you tight
While some leave you counting the stars in the night

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Come Down in Time Lyrics as written by Elton John Bernie Taupin

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  • +4
    General CommentHey, anyone hear Sting's version on the Tribute Album for Bernie and Elton? Great song, great lyrics. AND I can relate to the last part since I have been left counting the stars in the night one time too many. Damn.

    daedoloson December 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about how a memories are more distinct if they're emotionally loaded - and they can be at once positive and negative. It could also be about promises coming true or not coming true - she said come down in time and I'll meet you half way but now he's left counting stars in the night without her.

    The music tracks with the emotion, from the crushing sorrow of the verse to the empty promise in the chorus to the face-punch of the final line of the chorus.

    Like a few songs on Tumbleweed Connection, it grows and grows on you until you think it's so awesome you're not sure why it wasn't a bigger hit- but it's just too gorgeous to hit people with the immediacy of a pop/radio hit.
    interpretatoron January 28, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General Commentway under rated. wonderful, wonderful song.
    nelia_slye_on September 25, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"And I'm getting to thinking, If she's coming at all."

    One of the saddest lines in song.
    mousey03on January 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Translationa lucid dream, perhaps, about a person you are deeply attracted to in real life and would like to be engaged with them romantically in real or a lucid dream about someone you do not even know, but attracted to in the dream. The reason I think it is about a dream is because Night Jars birds are nocturnal. Also cutting out then night lights could be symbolizing going to sleep. 'Come down in time' is the person you see in the dream telling you to hurry before you wake up and miss her. Sadly, the person never got really talk to the person again..because they woke up. Playing with translation here, but trying to decipher anything a brilliant writer like Bernie Taupin put down on paper is difficult. I just know that this is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. The whole Album, Tumbleweed Connection' is perfection. Not many writers have accomplished with Bernie and Elton have. Thanks to them both.
    aurajon May 19, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhy hasn't anybody commented on this song? Its fantastic!!
    DeManon August 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, indeed it's been far too long a wait, but I agree it's an impossibly delicate song from Elton and Bernie. One of the few times they came together to achieve perfection.
    tooloudon October 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI fell in love with this song in 1989 when I heard it sung my Sting. It is so slow and sensuous I wanted to slow dance with my lover, and I never do that anymore, no time, I love the end some hold you tight some leave you counting the stars in the night -why is it always the ones that got away that play across our minds from time to time (smile).
    snowprincess0703on October 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is maybe my all-time favourite with Elton John. At par only with 2-3 other similarily delicate tunes from the early singer-songwriting era (ie 1970-71). But it's a very difficult one to sing, don't you think? With at least two passages with sliding pitch.
    PAJA63on July 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree, that particular era was unsurpassed. Pure genius from Elton and Bernie.

    Hell, I can't sing it.
    mearenon August 26, 2007   Link

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