Now Is The Time

The original version of this song was written in 1975. It didn’t say much, just a bunch of self conscious rhymes. About 10 years ago I added a bridge and took out a verse. But it was still brittle and stiff. Then last summer I took a serious knife to it – I kept the first two verses and the bridge, wrote another couple of verses, another bridge, and a final verse. Now it’s the way it should be. And it’s a good way to end an album like this – with a beginning.

there are things to come and things to pass
pure and simple, made of glass
to feed the future you weed through the past
to fix it fast and to make it last

and the time is now
now is the time

time has come and time has gone
to pick up roots and to move along
to rise up early before the dawn
to start out standing to come on strong

and the time is now
now is the time

you got eyes to see you got ears to hear
and you know very well what’s been happening here
don’t make light of the people’s tears
stand up and face your fears

and the time is now
now is the time

there was a time when the winter came
and all the world turned cold
will be a time when the spring arrives
and all the flowers unfold
and the future belongs
the future belongs to the bold

don’t let it scare you, the noise and the dare
so many millions arise everywhere
polish the glass, hold it up to the air
look in the reflection, you’ll see yourself there

and the time is now
now is the time

now we stand with the wind at our backs
for we are the eye of the storm
we look at the world and the world looks back
and the drums beat a rhythm to warn
that the future is just
the future is just being born

the fuses were lit such a long ways away
and they’d stutter and spark, fade and decay
now the clocks are on fire at the edge of the day
so we turn to each other and say

and the time is now
now is the time