Tip of the Week: “Time” by Babygod

Nope, it’s not the song by David Bowie (which is ripe for a cover, I’d say). The new single from Glasgow band Babygod, “Time”, is being seriously tipped at the moment. I must admit that just like it says in the lyrics (click through to read them), I came across the band when I was “killing time” on the web. Whatever. An interesting track with a rather stylish video.

Time Babygod

Everybody knows how to talk like a magazine these days
Everybody knows how to look like the TV
We can all make the sound of what we hear all around
It’s monkey see, monkey do

Waiting by the TV, next to the TV, in front of the TV
Just to pass the time
Just passing the time, just filling the time, just killing the time
The time we’re living through

Everybody’s into psychology these days
They’ll tell you what it means when you dream
Or try to find a fix in your blinks and your ticks
And give a new name to the same old pain

The seven signs of aging, the five signs of healthy hair
Are they signs from the sky? Tablets from Sinai?
Commandments for an ideal life? Holy Moses!
And god knows you’re worth it

Time, the rock around your neck
Time, the rocks around the sun
Time, we rock around the clock
Time, round and round till we all fall down
Every last one

In the zoo there are animals with skins and coats
In different cuts and colours
The roar is the bark is the screech is the song, it’s all one
But where have all the rare ones gone?

There is no time, no time like now
And every second of the second hand
Is a pane of glass to a grain of sand
Pre-owned, disowned, long since dethroned, ragged and boned

Time, the rock around your neck
Time, the rocks around the sun
Time, we rock around the clock
Time, round and round till we all fall down
Every last one

Words & Music: Copyright Gerry Campbell 2008

An unusual amount of “content” in these lyrics by today’s standards. The first verse opens well, although by the time we get to the verse about the zoo, I’m losing the plot a bit. I also like the line about time being a “rock around your neck”, although it it not explained or expanded. It does tie in nicely with “rock around the clock”, however.

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