Don't put your head on my shoulder
Sink me in a river of tears
This could be the best place yet
But you must overcome your fears

In time it could have been so much more
The time is precious I know
In time it could have been so much more
The time has nothin' to show because

Time won't give me time
And time makes lovers feel like they've got somethin' real
But you and me, we know they've got nothin' but time
And time won't give me time won't give me time

Don't make me feel any colder
Time is like a clock in my heart
Touch, we touch, was the heat too much
I felt I lost you from the start

In time it could have been so much more
The time is precious I know
In time it could have been so much more
The time has nothin' to show because

Time won't give me time
And time makes lovers feel like they've got somethin' real
But you and me, we know they've got nothin' but time
And time won't give me time won't give me time
Time, time, time

In time it could have been so much more
The time is precious I know
In time it could have been so much more
The time has nothin' to show because

Time won't give me time
And time makes lovers feel like they've got somethin' real
But you and me, we know they've got nothin' but time

And you know time won't give me time
And time makes lovers feel like they've got somethin' real
But you and me, we know they've got nothin' but time

And you know time won't give me time
And time makes lovers feel


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Time (Clock of the Heart) Lyrics as written by Jonathan Moss George O'dowd

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  • +4
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    my most favrit song by culture club....soulful vocals of boy george is the main beauty of this song...im not sure...but this song seems like a relation thts not working out...the gal is willing to continue...but the guy thinks thea is no point in keeping things goin...things aint clicking...instead he is askin the gal to b strong("But you must overcome your fears")...n it seems ...he is tryin to say no matter how long they continue ....thea is no time for makin things fall in the right place... cuz he has realised its not meant to be....

    steam rock feveron July 26, 2007   Link
  • +4
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    I think this song is about the drummer of the culture club, who Boy George was in love with, and who loved him too, but was confused because he wasnt gay. I believe the first verse is Boy George telling the drummer not to complain to him about how much he loves him but is confused, because this could be a beautiful relationship if he just overcomes his fears. The rest if the song continues from that theme.

    AprilQweenon October 26, 2007   Link
  • +3
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    omg this song kicks ASS

    painted_faces_frownon December 12, 2006   Link
  • +3
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    This is my fav Culture Club song and Video! It just takes you back...

    Sink me in a river of tears... This is what you say to that special person in your life when they are down...' Your shoulder is there for them.

    The time has nothing to show / Time won't give me time

    So true! Sorta like Dust In The Wind!

    THis is the one of the greatest songs of all Time!

    PotholesInMyLawnon November 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
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    This is blatantly and obviously about how George feels about Marilyn

    exobscuraon February 08, 2023   Link

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