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Old 06-03-2006, 05:09 PM
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Are there any songs that reference time travel?

Or mention, y'know, travelling through time, or revisiting one's past or seeing into the future or time machines or finding one's true love or.... anything like that

Offhand I can't think of any off-hand, but that's why I ask the Dope. Lurrrve the Dope.
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Cher's If I Could Turn Back Time.
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In the year 2525
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Old 06-03-2006, 05:24 PM
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It's About Time, It's About Space,
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About Strange People In The Strangest Place.
It's About Time,
It's About Flight,
Travelin' Faster Than The Speed Of Light.
About Space People And A Brave Crew,
As Through The Barrier Of Time They Flew.
Past The Roman Senators,
Past An Armored Knight,
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To This Modern Site.
It's About Time For You And Me
To Meet These People Of Amazing Feats.
It's About Two Astronauts And How They Educate
A Pre-Historic Woman And Her Pre-Historic Mate.
Old 06-03-2006, 05:55 PM
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Huey Lewis and the News "Back in Time"
Old 06-03-2006, 05:57 PM
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Fly Like an Eagle by The Steve Miller Band mentions traveling into the future, and the fact that "time keeps on slippin' into the future". Seal also did a cover of this song.
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Old 06-03-2006, 08:04 PM
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The first half of the Hawkwind song "Spirit of the Age". Hawkwind being...well...Hawkwind, there's probably a few dozen other songs they did that reference time travel, but none are coming to mind right now.
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Old 06-03-2006, 08:29 PM
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Black Sabbath's "Iron Man"
Old 06-03-2006, 08:30 PM
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"Time in a Bottle," by Harry Chapin:

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If I could save time in a bottle,
The first thing that I'd like to do
Is to save every day until eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you.
And so on. Beautiful song. (Rest of the lyrics are here.)
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Bob Welch's "Future Games" with Fleetwood Mac.
Old 06-03-2006, 09:05 PM
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"Time in a Bottle," by Harry Chapin
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Old 06-03-2006, 09:08 PM
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Queen's '39 is about the time dilation effect, and describes a type of time travel forward in time very movingly.
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Old 06-03-2006, 09:12 PM
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What Would Brian Boitano do?

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When Brian Boitano travelled through time
To the year 3010,
He fought the evil robot king
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Old 06-03-2006, 09:20 PM
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Queen's '39 is about the time dilation effect, and describes a type of time travel forward in time very movingly.
Aw man, beat me to it. One of my very favorite Queen songs; a futuristic folk song.

Quote:
Don't you hear my call
Though you're many years away
Don't you hear me calling you
Write your letters in the sand
For the day I'll take your hand
In the land that our grand-children knew

Took me a few listens, then I was like, "Hey wait a minute--he's singing about his grandchildren in the past tense, not his grandparents. He's talking about returning to earth long after his grandchildren have grown old and died."

(It's a beautiful lyric; click on the link if you're not afraid of popups.)
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Queen's '39 is about the time dilation effect, and describes a type of time travel forward in time very movingly.
Looked in this thread just to see if someone had mentioned it. It's one of my favorites, and I usually get all misty listening too it. *blush*
Old 06-03-2006, 10:17 PM
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Led Zep's Kashmir:

I'm a traveller of both time and space, to be where I have been.
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Old 06-03-2006, 10:40 PM
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Jim Croce.


I get Croce and Chapin mixed up; my parents were big fans of both, and I didn't really make a distinction between the two until I was in my teens. Still, I'm embarrassed.
Old 06-03-2006, 11:12 PM
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Time Warp
And how do I get that out of my head, now?

Also, anybody remember this from The Arsonists?

*crickets*
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Looked in this thread just to see if someone had mentioned it. It's one of my favorites, and I usually get all misty listening too it. *blush*
Don't blush -- it is a tremendously sad and emotional song. It's also an obvious theme that has not been used to often in science fiction -- I can only think of William Nolan's "One Love Have I" and John Varley's "The Pusher" as songs that dealt with it.

Hmmn. To the word processor . . . .
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Stories, not songs.
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And how do I get that out of my head, now?
Well, obviously, you just have to jump to the left, and then step to the right. Put your hands on your hips, and bring your knees in tight. And then, the pelvic thrust will really drive you insaaaaaaaaane.

Oh, wait...that's just doing the Time Warp again...
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You are pure fucking evil, jayjay.
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Interesting.

I meant,

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HA! I see you shiver with anticip
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HA! I see you shiver with anticip
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Don't blush -- it is a tremendously sad and emotional song. It's also an obvious theme that has not been used to often in science fiction -- I can only think of William Nolan's "One Love Have I" and John Varley's "The Pusher" as [stories] that dealt with it.

Hmmn. To the word processor . . . .
In Joe Haldeman's The Forever War, it becomes as big a concern for the soldiers as the war itself. Because each battle takes place light-years away, once two soldiers ship out on different missions, that's the last they ever see of each other.

But as to the OP, 39 is far and away my favorite. Until that last line, the song could just as easily be about explorers on Earth sailing the oceans.
For so many years have gone, though I'm older but a year
Your mother's eyes, from your eyes, cry to me
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"Angel" by Concrete Blonde

What if I said I saw the future
And the future was as picture in your head
What if I said to you to paint another picture
And you'd wake up in the future that you'd painted
And you did.



Okay, its pretty metaphorical time travel, but it's the best I got.
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"It's All Been Done" by the Barenaked Ladies is about two people who keep meeting up throughout history.
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The first song that came to mind is Neutral Milk Hotel's "Oh Comely". In it, Jeff Mangum sings about going back in time 50 years to save someone, presumably Anne Frank.
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In Joe Haldeman's The Forever War, it becomes as big a concern for the soldiers as the war itself. Because each battle takes place light-years away, once two soldiers ship out on different missions, that's the last they ever see of each other.
There was some Heinlein novel that also used time dilation as a major plot point (don't recall the title), and To the Stars by our old friend L. Ron Hubbard had time dilation as the theme of the whole book.
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As for '39 it is a great song. But there is one thing I don't get. The singer is obviously surprised and depressed to find that the earth has aged so fast. But how can he not know that? Are the people smart enough to make amazingly fast spaceships, but not smart enough to understand the theory of relativity?
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Laurie Anderson - The Dream Before:

Quote:
She said: What is history
And he said: History is an angel being blown backwards into the future
He said: History is a pile of debris
And the angel wants to go back and fix things
To repair the things that have been broken
But there is a storm blowing from Paradise
And the storm keeps blowing the angel
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Fates Warning's Traveller In Time
Iron Maiden's Caught Somewhere In Time, and a couple of others (presumably)
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The Gathering's Strange Machines

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Quote:
It has always been in the back of my mind
Dreaming about going to the corners of time
I always wanted to fly in strange machines

I wanna do centuries in a lifetime
And feel it with my hands
Touch the world war II and Cleopatra
Flying...
Old 06-04-2006, 10:39 AM
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Some more:

John Denver's Take Me To Tomorrow

Whitney Houston's One Moment in Time

The West Side Story's Somewhere

Green Day's Time of Your Life

Cyndi Lauper's Time After Time

Enya's I Want Tomorrow, and Ebudś sort of fits.

Jane Siberry's It Can't Rain All the Time also sort of fits.

The Cure's To Wish Impossible Things sort of fits.
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"Innocent Child" by Big Audio Dynamite (B.A.D.):

I know a way
Of sipping the truth
Go back to the days
Before your youth

I wish I could've seen you
When you could run wild
I would've liked to know you
As an innocent child
Innocent child


"Sad to Belong" by England Dan and John Ford Coley:

Wish I had a time machine, I could
make myself come back until the day
I was born
and I will live my life again
and rearrange it so that I'll be yours from now on
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Also "Dream Weaver" by Gary Wright (sort of) (time travel through better chemistry, if you will):

I've just closed my eyes again
Climbed aboard the dream weaver train
Driver take away my worries of today
And leave tomorrow behind
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There was some Heinlein novel that also used time dilation as a major plot point (don't recall the title),
You're probably thinking of Time for the Stars, but Heinlein mangled the physics to the point where I couldn't really suspend my disbelief any further.

I can't believe I'd never heard of that song, though... Queen singing about time dilation, what's not to love? I'm going to have to get myself a copy, now.

mr_jp., I imagine that there's a big difference between knowing intellectually about time dilation, and seeing it in action returning to a land your grandchildren knew. Even if you're prepared for it, that has to be an emotional shock.
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There was Me & Bobby & Bobby's Brother
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As for '39 it is a great song. But there is one thing I don't get. The singer is obviously surprised and depressed to find that the earth has aged so fast. But how can he not know that? Are the people smart enough to make amazingly fast spaceships, but not smart enough to understand the theory of relativity?
It's one thing to understand intellectually, but another to feel it emotionally. The song gets you in the heart.
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The entire album, "Time," by ELO. It's a concept album about a man from 1981 being accidentally transported through time by some idiot scientists from 2095, who then don't know how to send him back. The whole thing is brilliant.
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As for '39 it is a great song. But there is one thing I don't get. The singer is obviously surprised and depressed to find that the earth has aged so fast. But how can he not know that? Are the people smart enough to make amazingly fast spaceships, but not smart enough to understand the theory of relativity?
It's one thing to understand intellectually, but another to feel it emotionally. The song gets you in the heart.
I'm surprised that so many people know this song - I thought I'd pop into the thread to mention it but oh boy, was I beaten to it. Guess that's coz it's on A Night at the Opera.

I think RealityChuck's right - although it's not clear in the lyrics, I always felt that the "volunteers" knew what was going to happen, but didn't appreciate it fully till their return.

Even just reading the lyrics is making me all tingly - listening to it really blows you away.
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