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Ticking away the moments
That make up a dull day
Fritter and waste the hours
In an off-hand way

Kicking around on a piece of ground
In your home town
Waiting for someone or something
To show you the way

Tired of lying in the sunshine
Staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long
And there is time to kill today

And then the one day you find
Ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run
You missed the starting gun


And you run and you run
To catch up with the sun
But it's sinking

Racing around
To come up behind you again

The sun is the same
In a relative way
But you're older

Shorter of breath
And one day closer to death

Every year is getting shorter
Never seem to find the time

Plans that either come to naught
Or half a page of scribbled lines

Hanging on in quiet desperation
Is the English way

The time is gone
The song is over
Thought I'd something more to say

Home again
I like to be here
When I can

When I come home
Cold and tired
It's good to warm my bones
Beside the fire

Far away
Across the field
Tolling on the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spell...

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  • U
    UnregisteredMar 7, 2014 at 10:30 pm
    It's as much a call to action as it's a warning to me. Life goes fast, don't wait for life to begin. It's here, it's now, we're living it. You can take control whenever you are bra e enough to try.

    I always pictured an old man speaking these words like prose, as a warning to those listening to not wait for something to happen the way he did.
  • DimeForever
    DimeForeverAug 3, 2009 at 2:27 am
    Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
    The time is gone, the song is over
    Thought of something more to say...
  • r
    r_m_alfaroJun 21, 2009 at 7:45 pm
    we spend our young lifes hoping for time tu run fast,
    and when we are old we want to stop it (then you run and you run to catch up with the sun but i'ts sinking)
  • Chicago
    ChicagoNov 17, 2008 at 6:47 pm
    It is talking the way life can slip away and you can lose track of it and before you know it its your time to go.

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