Time Is Passing (Pete Townshend) Towser Tunes, Inc./Fabulous Music, Ltd./ABKCO Music, Inc., BMI

From the "Odds & Sods" liner notes by Brian Cady.

Produced by Glyn Johns at Olympic Studios, Barnes April 12, 1971.

Yet another Lifehouse intended track. The Who performed it live during their May-June 1971 U.K. tour. Pete's solo version appeared on his 1972 Who Came First LP.

The version which appears as track 14 on the 1998 Odds & Sods CD is only one mono channel of the original stereo Who version. The remaster producer was concerned about dropout on the other channel.

I'm playing my guitar while my sister bangs a jar
The glass sets up a sound like people laughing
It's going to my brain and it's easing all my pain
I must hear this sound again 'cause time is passing

I'm walking by the sea and the shingle sings for me
The crabs are swimming down among the starfish
The rocks all clatter down and the seagulls fly around
But the whole trip rubs it in that time is passing

Find it, I've got the hear it all again
My heart has heard the sound of harmony
Blind to it, as my tears fall again
But it's only by the music, I'll be free

There's something in the whisper of the trees
Millions hear it, still they can't believe
There are echoes of it splashing in the waves
As an empire of dead men leave their graves

Don't listen to people talk or to 'em selling souls
Don't listen to me or words from men above
Don't hear it in your needs, and don't hear it in your greeds
Just hear it in the sound of time a passing

Find it, I've got to hear it all again
My heart has heard the sound of harmony
Blind to it, as my tears fall again
But it's only by the music, I'll be free!

 

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Odds & Sods 3:31
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