Album: The Turn Of A Friendly Card (1980)
Charted: 15
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  • Time, flowing like a river
    Time, beckoning me
    Who knows when we shall meet again
    If ever
    But time
    Keeps flowing like a river
    To the sea
    Goodbye my love,
    Maybe for forever

    Goodbye my love,
    The tide waits for me
    Who knows when we shall meet again
    If ever
    But time
    Keeps flowing like a river (on and on)
    To the sea, to the sea
    Till it's gone forever
    Gone forever
    Gone forevermore

    Goodbye my friends (goodbye my love)
    Maybe forever
    Goodbye my friends (who knows when we shall meet again)
    The stars wait for me
    Who knows where we shall meet again
    If ever
    But time
    Keeps flowing like a river (on and on)
    To the sea, to the sea
    Till it's gone forever
    Gone forever
    Gone forevermore

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Comments: 26

  • Z from De WintonIn 1973, Parsons had the opportunity to work with Pink Floyd, which became a turning point for his career. He engineered Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, which drew attention to Parsons' work and resulted in his first Grammy nomination. This was the vote of confidence Parsons needed to become a music producer.
  • Jeff from MinnesotaSomeone please answer WHY WHY WHY when I watch a YouTube video of "Time" from 1981 and AGAIN from 2020, it's the SAME lead vocalist......but NOT Eric Wolfson.
  • J.h from Natick Ma UsaAlas, this song has some pretty blatant Floyd frippery: the fast termeloed guitar is a total rip off of Gilmour on DSOTM, as a background slide guitar is even more boorish and stolen. I was surprised they didn't get sued by the Floyd, or, if those sound patches were Parson's own, then why didn't he steal or seek more credit from Floyd?
  • The Rabbi from Central WisconsinTime was "supposed" to be our prom theme [1981] but the band they booked thought it was "Time in a Bottle" and that's what they played. They were a new wave band from Madison and the dance was great for those of us not wanting to hear the standards. So we forgave them their mistake.

    And somebody found the 45 and played APP's song during a band break. Now the Reunion Committee is telling us that it's been 40 years since then. Time is flowing like a river...
  • Alexander Tabisher from Republic Of South AfricaI only discovered this song after I turned 80. My life had been dominated by the Beatle craze, after which rock n role paled and I moved to James Taylor and Jimmy Webb and such-like
    Nut this song fascimates me fir reasons I cannot understand. There is a mystical element that places it next A whiter shade of pale and some of Lennon's agonised pieces. The irony is that, conceptually, The Allan Parsons Project was visionary and innovative. It speaks conviction, technique, vision and a total lack of fear for the unknown. If it kills me, I shall learn to play it. Its vocal demands are operatic, reaching heights only attained by Richard Harris and Freddy Mercury and a handful.of others. Any attempt atcemulation becomes mere parody. So there is my bit of rrsponse to a really rhapsodic and haunting song. Allan's contributions are undervalued. Bless the mam of vision.
  • Norma Cheek from Grand Saline TexasI'm 72...2 great loves gone...2 sons gone this song tells new I will be with all i have loved and lost again?
  • Bob from New JerseyI always loved this song. I haven't heard it for years and years. This may sound stupid to some people but I recently heard it again after I had to put my dog down and I cry now every time I hear it, but I cant stop playing it because I know Ill never see him again .
  • Dale from Leander, TexasAnyone else notice an uncanny resemblance between this song and Pink Floyd's "Us and Them" from "The Dark Side of the Moon"?
  • Cat from New ZealandI agree with Mathieu - Saint-hyacinthe, Canada. It's about a man about to commit suicide... especially since its from a concept album about problem gambling. This has to be one of the most beautiful but saddest song ever heard.
  • Dt from Perdido BeachA very poignant and haunting song. Something I love to do and never get tired of is sitting on the beach at sunset at the end of a beautiful day, usually with a cocktail and have have my senses overwhelmed with the the sights, smells and sounds. I was listening to this and thought about how much I will miss this when I have to leave this world, hopefully not for quite a few more years. I've already told my wife I'd like to be cremated and have my ashes spread on the sea at sunset. This would be a perfect song to play.
  • Camille from Toronto, OhYes, this song is hauntingly, beautiful. Now that it's been mentioned, I can see how some may have thought this was a Pink Floyd song. I myself am surprised to learn it's by The Alan Parsons Project. At the time it was popular, I thought it was maybe Little River Band or some lightweight, flash in the pan group. Well, I'm not a big fan of APP, but this song is supreme. Why it popped into my head today (Feb. 2013) I have no idea. I am dealing with stage iv breast cancer and tho I am currently stable, I see my own mortality in a much different light than most people. Reading the lyrics to this song, and singing the tune in my head, well, you can imagine it can be heartbreaking.
  • Eric from Melbourne, AustraliaJust wanted to clear up the confusion about whether Eric Woolfson was reluctant or keen to sing "Time". Here's an excerpt from an article by Chuck Miller from Goldmine magazine, dated 2005 and re-published on

    The next Alan Parsons Project album, The Turn of a Friendly Card (Arista AL 9518), gave radio stations two major hits, the upbeat "Games People Play" (featuring Lenny Zakatek on vocals) (Arista AS 0573), and a slow, wistful ballad, "Time" (Arista AS 0598). Originally Eric Woolfson would sing lead on the demo tracks, which would then be recorded by other artists. However, when the song "Time" was ready to record, Woolfson asked if he could sing lead vocals on the final version. "When we started the Alan Parsons Project," said Woolfson, "Alan was allowed to choose whatever performers he wanted, and although I would have been happy to sing on the earlier albums, I accepted his decision to use other people. However, on the Turn of a Friendly Card album, we found ourselves in Paris with no other vocalists available and I persuaded Alan to let me have a shot at 'Time,' on the understanding that if he wasn't happy with it, he could replace the vocal at a later date."

    "Eric only started singing lead on Turn of a Friendly Card," said Alan. "I kept pushing him aside, although he always sang the demos. I didn't think it was right that he should sing on the Project, but I was talked out of it. There he was, singing all the big hits from that point on. So I was clearly wrong."
  • Oldpink from Farmland, InWoolfson had a beautiful voice, but on none of their songs did he sound as beautiful as he does right here.
    RIP Eric
  • Ronald from Arequipa, PeruFor me this song is about someone that left everything that he loves back to restart again somewhere else. And he says goodbye to all wondering if he will ever return again.
  • Jude from Baltimore, Md"Time" was the first 1981 song widely thought by many radio listeners in America to be a new Pink Floyd song; the second one was Red Rider's "Lunatic Fringe." Perhaps it shouldn't be surprising, since Alan Parsons produced Pink Floyd's DARK SIDE OF THE MOON album. Woolfson's vocal performance in decidely Gilmour-ian, and the lush orchestration recalls PF's "Comfortably Numb" from 1979's THE WALL (the film version would be released in 1982).
  • Ken from Star, PeSince APP is one of my favorite groups I feel it is important to clear something up, that while this is the first time Eric's vocals were used by the project on a song, Alan didn't want Eric to sing on the albums and Eric had to convince him he was up to the task. Alan reluctantly accepted. Most recently addressing Eric's death Alan said "...He not only wrote the majority of the songs we recorded together but after we had two or three albums under our belts he proved - contrary to my own opinions - that he had a singing voice that would be loved by millions."
  • Lita from Englewood, CoI asked my father to choose a song for us to dance to at my wedding and this is the one he chose. He felt it was fitting to see me off onto the next chapter of my life, which would also be a new one in his. It still chokes me up remembering dancing with him in front of all my friends and family. Very poignant and touching memory.
  • Ken from Louisville, KyKarl, Woolfson never sang on an APP track until this album. And for the next few albums, Woolfson sang on 2-4 tracks each, with other vocalists on the rest of the tracks. And it is true that Woolfson had to be talked into being a vocalist by Parson, Woolfson didn't initally want to do it. Parson was listed as "producer" and Woolfson was "executive producer"
  • Chris from Claremont, CaI thought it was about a friend or a girlfriend or wife who had died.
  • Mathieu from Saint-hyacinthe, CanadaI always thought that it was about a man about to commit suicide.
  • Julia from Joplin, MoThis song always evokes in me feelings of nostalgia, love, sadness and ultimately, serenity. It always makes me cry.
  • Karl from Los Angeles, CaI'm sorry, but I have to disagree with Ken of Louisville. Eric Woolfson was actually the creative force behind all of the APP albums (10). He wrote most of the songs and sang quite a few. Alan Parsons was the engineer Woolfson collaborated with on the "projects". Tales of Mystery and Imagination, being the first effort in 1976. Take a look
  • Cecilia from Portland, OrLike Chet and Charles, I am deeply moved by this song. I was pregnant with my first child, and it was a reflective time...very bittersweet, poignant song, knowing that nothing is forever.
  • Chet from Buffalo, NyI agree with Charles in NC. Absolutely beautiful and haunting...
  • Ken from Louisville, KyThis was the first APP song with Eric Wolfson as the lead singer. Wolfson's was Parson's friend, manager and sometimes songwriting partner. Wolfson wasn't a singer, but Parson asked him to give this song a try and liked the results. Wolfson went on to sing lead on APP hits "Eye In The Sky" and "Don't Answer Me".
  • Charles from Charlotte, NcThis is a gorgeous song. I cannot begin to adequately describe how it made me feel at the time I first heard it. It certainly brought to mind a recent lost love. There are several other excellent songs on this LP including the title song and "Games People Play". Highly recommended!
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