Tuesday, May 21

Time After Time




Today we’re going to discuss the lyrics of a song that’s a real classic. This song is “Time After Time” which was originally sung by Cindy Lauper in 1983.



But don’t worry. Even though this song is a classic and one of the oldies (old ones), it has been remade and covered by more than a hundred different artists. So, most likely you’ve already heard this song playing on the radio. Or, you could even have it in your own i-Pod or whatever Music Manager you have.



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First, you can watch this music video of “Time After Time” from Youtube. This version is from the band Saosin :







About the title of the song, the expression “time after time” means many times or often. It has the same meaning same as “time and time again.”



Ex.  Her mother scolded her for smoking time after time.


They made fun of the poor boy time and time again.



And just like the meaning of its title,



Cindy Lauper’s song has been remade time after time.



Just a few other artists who have made their own version of the song are Matchbox Twenty, Joey McIntyre, Paul Anka, Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey, Ronan Keating, Hitomi Shimatani, and Chihiro Onitsuka.



Aside from becoming the soundtrack of some films and TV shows, “Time After Time” has also won many awards. Rolling Stone and MTV ranked it as # 66 among the “100 Greatest Pop Songs” of all time. And music critic Scott Goldmine called it “one of the decade’s finest ballads.”





The Words



Cindy Lauper co-wrote the song with rocker Bob Hyman of the band “The Hooters.”



Here are the lyrics of the song:



Lying in my bed I hear the clock tick and think of you
Caught up in circles, confusion is nothing new
Flashback, warm nights
Almost left behind
Suitcase of memories

Time after sometimes you picture me,
I'm walkin' too far ahead
You're callin' to me, I can't hear what you've said
Then you say, "go slow"
I fall behind
The second hand unwinds

If you're lost, you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall, I will catch you, I'll be waiting
Time after time
If you're lost, you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall, I will catch you, I'll be waiting
Time after time

After my picture fades and darkness has turned to gray
Watching through windows, you're wondering if I'm okay
Secrets stolen
From deep inside
The drum beats out of time

If you're lost, you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall, I will catch you, I'll be waiting
Time after time

You said, "go slow"
I fall behind
The second hand unwinds

If you're lost, you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall, I will catch you, I'll be waiting
Time after time
If you're lost, you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall, I will catch you, I'll be waiting
Time after time

Time after time…




Meaning



The song is easy to study because its lyrics are repetitive, which means that the same words repeat several times. Like the message of the song, there is a cycle in which the words play.



But like with many other songs, its meaning will depend so much on the person who is listening to it – that person’s experiences, memories, state of mind, emotions, and even present situation. This is the power of music anyway: to affect many people and to touch each of them deeply.  



Personally, I feel that the song is talking about a couple and their different rhythms in the relationship. The woman’s pace is too fast while his partner’s is slower. You can learn this in the part:




Sometimes you picture me,
I'm walkin' too far ahead
You're callin' to me, I can't hear what you've said
Then you say, "go slow"
I fall behind
The second hand unwinds







This difference in rhythm is the cause of their trouble. Because of this, they have long or recently separated from each other. Anyway, the couple in the song has decided to end their relationship:




Flashback, warm nights
Almost left behind
Suitcase of memories


And:



After my picture fades and darkness has turned to gray
Watching through windows, you're wondering if I'm okay



However, this is the most important part of the song. The chorus says:




If you're lost, you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall, I will catch you, I'll be waiting
Time after time



This means that, no matter what happened between the two and in spite of their differences, they still continue to care for each other. Whether as friends or still lovers, it doesn’t matter. One person makes the promise that she will help the other anytime he needs it.



This is a very positive and sweet message between two people, and this is the feeling in the center of the song that makes it great.



And not only lovers can find inspiration from this song. Friends, or even a child leaving his parents, can understand the feeling contained in this song.




In Summary




In life there are many situations where change must happen. It is unavoidable and natural. You have graduation, or just moving to another school, moving to another city, getting married, getting divorced… In any of these situations, whether good or bad, people say goodbye to their parents, their old life, some childhood friends, ex-lovers.



But even though we say goodbye, it’s not really the end. And no matter how far we go, the connection that we made with the other person still remains. And the promise that we will always care about them still stands too.






Hope You Learned Something! 

Keep on learning !










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