"The Clock Ticks On" is the second track on the debut album Shadow of the Moon
; running to 5 minutes 15 seconds, it is based on a classical theme.
In an early interview
with the Blackmore's Night German Fan Club, Ritchie said it was "the very first tune that Candice and I wrote together. I am obsessed by melodies that were written by Tielman Susatto in the 1500's and that is the main theme in the song."
Another song that has the same claim to fame, i.e. being their first joint composition, is "Now and Then," but of that he said here that Candice wrote it, while he "just pinched a bit" of Bach's Prelude In C
for the introduction.