Give me time to reason
Give me time to think it through
Passing through the season
Where I cheated you

I will always have a cross to wear
But the bolt reminds me I was there
So give me strength to face this test tonight

If only I could turn back time
If only I had said what I still hide
If only I could turn back time
I would stay for the night
For the night

Claim your right to science
Claim your right to see the truth
Though my pangs of conscience
Will drill a hole in you

I seen it coming like a thief in the night
I seen it coming from the flash of your light
So give me strength to face this test tonight

If only I could turn back time
If only I had said what I still hide
If only I could turn back time
I would stay

(The bolt reminds me I was there)
(The bolt reminds me I was there)

If only I could turn back time
If only I had said what I still hide
If only I could turn back time
I would stay for the night
If only I could turn back time
If only I had said what I still hide
If only I could turn back time
I would stay for the night

If only I could (if only I could)
If only I could (if only I could)
If only I could turn back time
I would stay for the night
If only I could (if only I could, if only I could)
If only I could (if only I could, if only I could)
If only I could turn back time
I would stay for the night
If only I could (if only I could, if only I could)
If only I could (if only I could, if only I could)
If only I could turn back time


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Turn Back Time Lyrics as written by Karsten Dahlgaard Johnny Pederson

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  • +4
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    If only I could go back to that night. Said to him what I wanted to say. Maybe it would've been different. I knew it by looking in his eyes,I knew he could it in my eyes too. But I whispered "good night",and shut the door behind me and stood there looking through the peep-hole. He stood outside for a long time and I could see the hesitation for him too.Then he quietly turned and left...if only I could...

    redshiftdazzleron November 24, 2012   Link
  • +3
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    sighs this reminds me of what I should have done when I was younger that I didn't... Grasp your chances.

    penwhaleon April 29, 2003   Link
  • +1
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    I always thought this song was pretty, but it has a sinister feel in the middle, where the singer gasps and the words stop for a short time. I think it was about how one night she left her lover's place late at night, and then she got raped on the way home. And she never told him, she just broke up with him after that, maybe she got pregnant from the rape. And the baby was her "cross to wear".

    silverdoveon July 26, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Never really analyzed the song all the way through, but the chorus... "If only I could turn back time"... It reminds me of my childhood, very happy memories... I never listened to THAT song 10 years ago, but now I really love it

    RobertGarsideon January 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
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    This is such a good song so diffrent from what I usually hear of the band

    McShineon April 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
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    I think that this song is about a relationship that potentially could have been THE ONE, but she got scared and ran away. Now she's dealing with the regret. I relate, I adored this guy but ran away to avoid the hurt if he broke up with me... now we're back together, I didn't turn back time, but I did get him back.

    bitchgoddesson April 29, 2003   Link
  • 0
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    I love this song...I think there's also a really good radio mix of it that's not on the CD.

    emoBettyrocketon April 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
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    This song is one of the best (if not the best) of this band, and prove they were not only into party and "happy" songs to dance to. It belonged to the soundtrack of a movie called "Sliding Doors" that followed the life of a woman who discovered his boyfriend cheating on him, and at the same time what could have happened if she hadn't catch him. I think this song is about cheating, but personally I have always given my own personal meaning.

    It makes me think about my past choices and what could have been if I would have been more open, if I had really try and fought for this guy that is still so important to me after almost 6 years. It reminds me that some things just can't change because it's too late, which is scary and too painful too even think about. "If only I could turn back time - if only I had said what I still hide"...

    Gabigson January 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
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    Ughh silverdove is right. I thought it was a pleasant, soft song but it definitely isn't.

    "If only I could turn back time, I would stay for the night".

    The "cross to wear" may be a reference to how it was a punishment for committing adultery back in the 1600's. At least that's what happened in "The Scarlett Letter".

    So yea there is some really dark stuff in this song.

    jbisaskyon February 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
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    When I listen to this song, I think of my dad, and that I should have spent more time with him when he was alive.

    rogermaniaon February 20, 2006   Link

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