Time Is on My Side

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About Time Is on My Side

"Time Is on My Side" is a song written by Jerry Ragovoy (using the pseudonym "Norman Meade"). First recorded by jazz trombonist Kai Winding and his orchestra in 1963, it was covered (with additional lyrics by Jimmy Norman) by both soul singer Irma Thomas and the Rolling Stones in 1964. Winding session arranger Garry Sherman contacted friend and colleague Ragovoy after Kai had expressed an interest in going in a more commercial and rhythmic direction. Ragovoy had thought of no lyrics for the song other than "time is on my side". Produced by Creed Taylor and engineered by Phil Ramone, and including background vocals by Cissy Houston, Dionne Warwick, and Dee Dee Warwick, the recording was released on the Verve Records label in October 1963.  


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1982
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Time is on my side, yes it is.
Time is on my side, yes it is.
Now you all were saying that you want to be free
But you'll come runnin' back (I said you would baby), 
You'll come runnin' back (like I told you so many times before),
You'll come runnin' back to me.

Time is on my side, yes it is.
Time is on my side, yes it is.
You're searching for good times but just wait and see,
You'll come runnin' back (I said you would darling), 
You'll come runnin back (Spent the rest of life with ya baby),
You'll come runnin' back to me.

Go ahead baby, go ahead, go ahead and light up the town!
And baby, do anything your heart desires
Remember, I'll always be around.
And I know, I know like I told you so many times before
You're gonna come back,
Yeah you're going to come back baby
Knockin', knockin' right on my door.

Time is on my side, yes it is.
Time is on my side, yes it is.
'Cause I got the real love, the kind that you need.
You'll come runnin' back (I knew you would one day), 
You'll come runnin' back (Baby I told you before),
You'll come runnin' back to me.

Time, time, time is on my side, yes it is.
Time, time, time is on my side, yes it is. 
Time, time, time is on my side

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Written by: Jerry Ragovoy, Norman Meade

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7 facts about this song

Artist History
"Time Is on My Side" was initially performed by jazz trombonist Kai Winding and released in 1963. - Irma Thomas, known as the "Soul Queen of New Orleans," was the first to record a vocal version of the song released in 1964. - In the same year, British rock band "The Rolling Stones" also recorded and released their version.
Chart Performance
Irma Thomas' version of "Time Is on My Side" did not chart in the U.S. - The Rolling Stones' version peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. - In the UK, it was a part of their debut album and didn't released as single, hence didn't chart there.
Song Composition
The song was originally composed by Jerry Ragovoy under the pseudonym "Norman Meade". - Irma Thomas' rendition features an organ intro, while The Rolling Stones introduced a guitar intro. - There are two versions by The Rolling Stones, one with an organ intro and one with a guitar intro.
Cover Versions
Both Irma Thomas' and The Rolling Stones' versions of the song have been covered by various artists over the years. - Notable covers include those by Michael Bolton, Tracy Nelson, and Pearl Jam.
Music Videos
The Rolling Stones performed "Time Is on My Side" on the Ed Sullivan Show, which is widely circulated as the song's "music video". - Irma Thomas' version does not have an official music video, but there are live performances available online.
Cultural Impact
"Time Is on My Side" is regarded as a signature song of The Rolling Stones. - It was performed at both their 50th and 60th anniversary concerts, proving the lasting impact of the song. - The song was featured in multiple movies and TV shows, including the 1989 thriller "Fallen" starring Denzel Washington.
Song Legacy
More than 50 years after its release, "Time Is on My Side" remains a fan favorite from both Irma Thomas and The Rolling Stones. - The song proved the Rolling Stones' ability to effectively interpret R&B, which became pivotal in establishing their musical style. - Irma Thomas' version is often recognized by soul music enthusiasts for its raw emotional depth and Thomas’ powerful vocal delivery.

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