Time – Pink Floyd

“Time” is the fourth track[1] from British progressive rock band Pink Floyd’s 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon, and the only song on the album credited to all four members of the band. 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.
The song is a memento mori describing the phenomenon in which time seems to pass more quickly as one ages, often leading to despair in old age over missed opportunities of the past.

Each clock was recorded separately in an antiques store. This is followed by an eerie two-minute passage dominated by Nick Mason’s rototoms and backgrounded by a tocking sound created by Roger Waters picking two muted strings on his bass. With David Gilmour singing lead on the verses and with Richard Wright singing lead on the bridges and with female singers providing backup vocals, the lyrics of the song deal with Roger Waters’s realization that life was not about preparing yourself for what happens next, but about grabbing control of your own destiny. A guitar solo from Gilmour provides the refrain over the same chord progressions as the verse and chorus. A reprise of the album’s earlier “Breathe” brings the song to a close, before it segues into “The Great Gig in the Sky”. When the tom drums were recorded, there were only 3 available so the band had to tune the drum after each hit to get the right pitch and then mix the hit into the song. “Time” is at the tempo of 120 bpm, which switches to half time (60 bpm) at the chorus. This is at the same tempo of a clock.
The song is the second longest on the album[2], after “Us and Them”, and is renowned for Gilmour’s guitar solo after the first verse, which is often considered to be one of his best.


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