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Time

by Cathy McManamon

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This is a mostly spoken word with a sung chorus highlighting numerous quotes about time. All the quotes in this piece are by poets and writers who left us at least 80 to several hundred years ago and are in the public domain. (Attributions are in the lyrics)

lyrics

Alas! How swift the moments fly!
How flash the years along!
Scarce here, yet gone already by,
The burden of a song.

See childhood, youth, and manhood pass,
And age with furrowed brow;
Time was – Time shall be – drain the glass –
But where is Time now?
(John Quincy Adams, The Hour Glass)

Time…it does not wait for me
Time flying by…
Time…it does not wait for me
Time flying by…


Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying:
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.
(Herrick, To the Virgins…)

Catch then, oh catch the transient hour
Improve each moment as it flies!
Life’s a short Summer, man a flower;
He dies – alas! how soon he dies.
(Samuel Johnson, Winter: An Ode)

Time…it does not wait for me
Time flying by…
Time…it does not wait for me
Time flying by…


Unfathomable Sea,
whose waves are years
Ocean Time, whose waters of deep woe
Are brackish with the salt of human tears!
(Shelley, Time)

A wonderful stream is the River Time
As it runs through the realm of Tears, With a faultless rhythm
and a musical rhyme, And a broader sweep, and a surge sublime
As it blends with the Ocean of Years.
(B. F. Taylor, The Long Ago)

Time…it does not wait for me
Time flying by…
Time…it does not wait for me
Time flying by…


Time and the world are ever in flight;
And love is less kind than the grey twilight
And hope is less clear than the dew of the morn.
(W. B. Yeats, Into the Twilight)

Backward, turn backward,
O Time in your flight
Make me a child again
just for tonight!
(Elizabeth A. Allen, Rock Me to Sleep)

Time…it does not wait for me
Time flying by…
Time…it does not wait for me
Time flying by…
Back, turn back, O Time, in your flight
Make me a child again just for tonight
Back, turn back, O Time, in your flight
Make me a child again just for tonight…

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released February 4, 2022
Composed, performed, and recorded by Cathy McManamon.
Quotes used in song are from John Quincy Adams, Robert Herrick, Samuel Johnson, P. B. Shelley, B. F. Taylor, W. B. Yeats, and Elizabeth A. Allen and are in the public domain.

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Cathy McManamon Chicago, Illinois

Cathy is a singer/songwriter/guitarist/drummer in Chicago.

She occasionally performs solo, but more often in the Pegasus Award-winning trio Random Fractions (with Jason Neerenberg and Daniel Gunderson), and she is the drummer for the filk rock band Toyboat.

Cathy also facilitates monthly public drum/rhythm jam circles as an Artist in Residence at Life Force Arts Center in Chicago.
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