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"Time" is a song by English progressive rock band Pink Floyd. It is included as the fourth track on The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) and was released as a single in the United States. Bassist Roger Waters wrote the lyrics and the music is credited to all four band members. Keyboardist Richard Wright shares lead vocals (his last until "Wearing the Inside Out" on The Division Bell) alongside guitarist David Gilmour. The lyrics deal with the passage of time – time can slip by, but many people do not realise it until it is too late. Waters got the idea when he realised he was no longer preparing for anything in life, but was right in the middle of it. He has described this realisation taking place at ages 28 and 29 in various interviews. It is noted for its long introductory passage of clocks chiming and alarms ringing, recorded as a quadrophonic test by Alan Parsons, not specifically for the album. 

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way

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Written by: David Jon Gilmour, Nicholas Berkeley Mason, George Roger Waters, Richard William Wright

10 facts about this song

Band Origination
"Time" is a song by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd. It was written by all four members of the band for their 1973 album, "The Dark Side of the Moon".
Song Lyrics
The lyrics to "Time" are often credited as being written solely by the bass player, Roger Waters, who was the primary lyricist for the band.
Album Impact
"Time" is a single song from the album, "The Dark Side of the Moon", which is considered one of Pink Floyd's greatest records. The album remained in the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988.
Unique Sound Effects
The song starts with a series of sound effects. These sound effects include alarm clocks, which were recorded specifically for this song by sound engineer Alan Parsons.
Stand-Out Lyrical Theme
"Time" deals with the theme of time passing and the realization of life's impermanence. It is a reflection on wasted time, which was a departure from the usual themes of rock music in the 1970s.
Unusual Female Vocals
Unlike most of Pink Floyd's catalogue, "Time" features backing vocals from female singers. The primary female vocalist on the track was Doris Troy.
Uncustomary Drum Solo
Nick Mason, the band's drummer, essentially has a drum solo in "Time" for the first minute of the song, which is unusual for Pink Floyd's music.
Serious Songwriting Approach
The mature and philosophical lyrical content of "Time" represented a new direction in songwriting for Roger Waters, who would go on to address more serious and existential themes in his future work with Pink Floyd.
Distinct Guitar Work
The song is notable for its long, two-minute guitar solo played by David Gilmour, which is often regarded as one of the best of his career.
Consistent Live Performances
Since the release of "Time", the song has been included in the majority of Pink Floyd's live performances, speaking to its enduring popularity and significance.

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