Time (Tom Waits song)

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Song by Tom Waits
from the album Rain Dogs
ReleasedSeptember 30, 1985 (1985-09-30)
Studio RCA, New York City
Genre Experimental rock
Label Island
Songwriter(s) Tom Waits
Producer(s) Tom Waits

Time is a song by Tom Waits appearing on his eighth studio album Rain Dogs . It was written by Waits and was recorded in 1985 at RCA Studios in New York City. [1]


It was covered by Tori Amos for her 2001 concept album Strange Little Girls . Amos made a notable appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman to perform the song; it was the first musical performance on the show after the September 11 attacks. [2]

"Time" was covered again in 2019 by Rosanne Cash for Come On Up to the House: Women Sing Waits , a Tom Waits tribute album featuring female artists' covers of Waits' songs. [3]


2000 Elvis Costello United Kingdom The Best Songs from the 500 Best Albums Ever [4] *
2011 Toby Creswell Australia 1001 Songs [5] *
2014 Musikexpress Germany The 700 Best Songs of All Time [6] 510

(*) designates unordered lists.


Adapted from the Rain Dogs liner notes. [7]

Production and additional personnel

The song was used in "The Mother Box Origins” clip for 2021s Zack Snyder's Justice League . [8]

The song was used in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Winter Episode for a flashback of Richard Gilmore’s funeral.

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