Time won't stand by forever if I know it's true
And I've learned not to say never
Or else I'll seem the fool
Twenty-nine you'd think I'd know better
Living like a kid
When my lies may seem less than clever
Is when I fall for it
Only time will tell if wishing wells
Can bring us anything
Or fade like scenes from childhood dreams
Forgotten memories
Some rides don't have much of a finish
That's the ride I took
Through good and bad and straight through indifference
Without a second look
There's no intentions worthy of mention
If we never try
So hang your hopes on rusted-out hinges
Take 'em for a ride
Only time will tell if wishing wells
Can bring us anything
Or fade like scenes from childhood dreams
Forgotten memories
Only time will tell...


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    I first heard this song when I was 15. I am 30 now and understand it. Time won't standby forever...he wasn't lying. Everyday the roller coaster is gaining momentum.

    Tapies24on July 01, 2008   Link
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    I might be alone in this, but this song moves me more than any other one on the whole album. It's just so profound and powerful, and in fact it's a little bit hopeful - which is a real rarity when you consider the other songs on the CD.

    MelvinFrohikeon August 18, 2002   Link
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    I agree very much,this song makes you feel good...kinda hopeful,and has a nostalgic sting to it, in my words,beautiful...I miss the Gin Blossoms

    shameinyou22on March 05, 2003   Link
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    Well this song to me is kinda sarcastically hopefully in a way in my opinnion its like wishful thinking with pessimessic over tones. and there is no need to miss the gin blossoms for they are back and have been back since new years eve 2002

    getbornagainon March 10, 2003   Link
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    you are not alone melvin...i feel the same way about this song.

    Tapies24on March 01, 2005   Link
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    Very possibly the best song Jesse Valenzuela has ever written.

    DHMachine31on August 18, 2006   Link
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    This song reminds me of the good old days..

    mcroy76on February 25, 2008   Link
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    To me this song is about growing up and learning from experience. It is pessimistic and sad but also optimistic and hopeful. I too first heard it as a teenager. I am now 30 and I can appreciate the feelings expressed in the song. "Twenty-nine you'd think I'd know better living like a kid" for instance. When I was a teenager I thought twenty-nine seemed old and mature, yet I still feel like a kid now that I have reached that age. Very good song.

    JMCAutomaticon December 23, 2008   Link

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