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Timely reminders: Evocative songs recall good times, bad times

The early spring is making the warm-weather days seem to fly by. And that feeling of valued time slipping away is a familiar song theme, too. Here are a few of my “timely” favorites.

Summer hasn’t even officially begun, and already it feels like the warm-weather days are zooming by. It must be the early spring that creates the mental time warp.

That feeling of valued time slipping away is a familiar song theme, too. Here are a few of my timely favorites:

Fleeting time
• Enya’s mesmerizing “Only Time.”

• Jimmy Elledge’s “Funny How Time Slips Away.” There are more than a dozen great versions of this Willie Nelson song, but this is my favorite.

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• Jerry Wallace’s poignant “How the Time Flies.”

Songs of regret
Lost opportunity — or wasted time — is a theme nicely explored in these evocative songs:

• Expose’s “Seasons Change.”

• Paul Davis’ “Ride ’em Cowboy” offers a candid rodeo rider’s review of his life. Here’s a touching sample:

Oh, Midnight was a champion
He’s the only bronc I couldn’t ride
Now they tell me Midnight’s blind
Rides the little children for a dime.

Ladies used to hang around
I must’ve been a hero in their eyes
My silver spurs are rusty now
Lord, I wish I tried to settle down . . .

• Roy Clark’s harsh reflection on his life, “Yesterday, When I Was Young.”

“Time,” a reflective slice from the Pozo-Seco Singers (which gave us solo country artist Don Williams).

A whole bunch of songs recall special times:

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• Rod Stewart’s “As Time Goes By,” with Queen Latifah.

• Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days.”

• Paul Anka’s “Times of Your Life,” the Kodak song.

• Gale Garnett’s “We’ll Sing in the Sunshine.”

And two different songs with the same title:

• Mary Hopkin’s “Those Were the Days.”

• And “Those Were the Days,” the Archie Bunker clan’s theme song from “All in the Family,” complete with the seldom-heard second-verse lyrics.

Songs of change
• Bob Dylan’s anthem, “The Times They Are A-changin’.”  

• Billy Joel’s “The Longest Time.”

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• Henry Mancini’s “The Days of Wine and Roses.”

Some other timely songs
We’ll wrap up with a few other “time” songs, ending with an often-recorded  pop classic:

• The Outsiders’ “Time Won’t Let Me.”

“Time Is Tight,” with Booker T. and the MG’s.

• Ed Ames’ “Time, Time.”

• Simon and Garfunkel’s “Hazy Shade of Winter.”

• Chicago’s “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”

• Jimmy Jones’ “Good Timin’.”

• And Chris Montez’s version of the standard “Time After Time.”