"Time To Move On" as written by and Tom Petty....
It's time to move on, time to get going
What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, baby, grass is growing
It's time to move on, it's time to get going

Broken skyline, movin' through the airport
She's an honest defector
Conscientious objector
Now her own protector

Broken skyline, which way to love land
Which way to something better
Which way to forgiveness
Which way do I go

It's time to move on, time to get going
What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, baby, grass is growing
It's time to move on, it's time to get going

Sometime later, getting the words wrong
Wasting the meaning and losing the rhyme
Nauseous adrenalin
Like breakin' up a dogfight
Like a deer in the headlights
Frozen in real time
I'm losing my mind

It's time to move on, time to get going
What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, baby, grass is growing
It's time to move on, it's time to get going


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"Time to Move On" as written by Tom Petty

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    General CommentTime to move on with your life, time to get past something that is only hurting you, time for something better. Time to forgive that person who hurt you, but also time to get away from them.

    She's an honest defector
    Conscientious objector
    Now her own protector

    I think this means he does love her and cares about her but its time for him to stop protecting her and time for her to start helping herself.

    Fantastic song, has helped me to see when I am stuck in something unhealthy.
    tootsie0945on October 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentBroken skyline, which way to love land
    Which way to something better
    Which way to forgiveness
    Which way do I go

    This stanza really speaks to me, it has the same sort of tone to me as Wildflowers. To me it means to find that inner peace, forgive myself and others. It is time to move on but which way do I go? After being caught up in something for long enough and breaking away from it its hard to figure out how to move on, and which way to turn.
    startingtorambleon January 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTootsie hit the meaning of the song right on. Although you might not be sure what is to come, it has to be better than what's happening now. It's time to move past this bad thing that is in your life. I really like this song...always helps me get out of a rut.
    sweetbaby17on December 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commenta Conscientious objector was a person who was opposed to a war (most noteablly vietnam) due to their moral, reglious or ethical beliefs. So what hes really saying is that he was in love with a hippy.
    Shukeon June 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentEvery man dies alone. I feel that this song is a reflection of that.
    x123321xon May 14, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think it's written from his perspective at the end of a break-up, and then "sometime later" when he's speaking to the woman again and trying to win her back.

    "Broken skyline" is the woman. In that part, he's conjuring the image of her walking off into the proverbial sunset as he watches her leave.

    "She's an honest defector / Conscientious objector / Now her own protector" = She's the one who ended the relationship. And now his role of "protector" in their relationship is over. She's decided to be on her own.

    "Which way to love land" is him asking her in the lyrics what he needs to do to make her love him again, and how he can get her to forgive him for something he did. But

    "Sometime later, getting the words wrong / Wasting the meaning and losing the rhyme" is about a conversation they have days or weeks later. He still wants her back, but the phone call doesn't go the way he hoped, then it devolves into a fight. He starts to realize she's not coming back to him. It really is over, and he knows he needs to move on.

    The chorus throughout the song is him trying to motivate himself, because he knows moving on is the only healthy thing to do.
    jimmypolecaton August 04, 2018   Link

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