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|"Time Waits for No One"|
|Song by the Rolling Stones|
|from the album It's Only Rock 'n Roll|
|Released||18 October 1974|
|Producer(s)||The Glimmer Twins|
|It's Only Rock 'n Roll track listing|
"Time Waits for No One" is a song by English rock band the Rolling Stones from the 1974 album It's Only Rock 'n Roll . It was the first song recorded for the album.
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Credited to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, "Time Waits for No One" is a slower, smoother song than the ones for which the Stones are best known. The track features a distinctive groove that has been compared to the later song "Waiting on a Friend" (recording of which in fact started in late 1972). It is also noted for its distinct Latin influences.
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Jagger's lyrics are a pastiche of complex observations and reflections. He speaks in the voice of a person learning the true meaning of life, that, as the title suggests, time waits for no one:
Yes, star crossed in pleasure the stream flows on by
Yes, as we're sated in leisure, we watch it fly ...
Drink in your summer, gather your corn
The dreams of the night time will vanish by dawn
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