You Can’t Stop Time

You Can’t Stop Time is one for anyone who grew up in the 90s.  A commentary on the relentless passage of time, I’m reflecting on the blissful ignorance of childhood and making contrasts with the exhausting, impersonal digital age in which we’re now trapped.

You Can’t Stop Time Cover

It’s a melancholic and nostalgic portrayal of the overwhelmingly daunting awareness of getting older, set against the internal quest to stay composed, resilient and grateful.   

Peppered with pop culture references such as Lion King, Hey Arnold and erm…Antony Costa, it is a trip down memory lane and an affirmation as I approach middle age and the stark reminders of getting older are becoming more impactful. 

My favourite line:

“And the only chore I had was cleaning up after my Tamagotchi”

What’s yours?

Lyrics

I’m sick of being an adult now

I’m tired and bored

I want to rewind the clock and go back to the way it was before

Take me back to a time when I didn’t have any responsibilities

Cos trying to keep on top of them is gradually killing me

There was a glorious era when life was kicking about a ball

Cutting out posters of Shearer from Match and sticking them on the wall

Playing out and letting my imagination run away

Larking around and causing havoc seeing my mates every day

My hair wasn’t grey

My skin wasn’t blotchy

And the only chore I had was cleaning up after my Tamagotchi

My parents were 35

I played on the Mega Drive

Rolf Harris was a legend and Mufasa was alive

And he wasn’t CGI he was a proper cartoon

Like Animaniacs Hey Arnold the Rugrats and The Raccoons

Poppers were something you wore

Your mum told you off when you swore

Anyone over 70 was a veteran who’d lived through the war

I’ve got to smile when I look back on it now

When life is rolling relentlessly showing no sign of slowing down

Yesterday is gone but tomorrow can be the one

I’m not gonna sit around pining about the things that have been and gone

It’s easy to get stuck but I know that time is ticking on

Gotta get my head down be grateful and calm and keep on kicking on

I’ve got to try and embrace it all while I’m still in my prime

Because you can stand still but you can’t stop time

I’ve found myself living in a world I don’t recognise

Almost everything’s changed and I can barely believe my eyes

Everything’s difficult and depression is typical

It feels like almost every interaction is digital

The pace is uncompromising the people are drones

And nobody looks at you cos they’re glued to their phones

They type when they’re angry but when you ask them they’re passive

They think they’re influencing people cos their egos are massive

They’re fragile and facile and more defensive than Rodman

And I can’t even properly slate them cos I’m part of the problem

I’m up to my eyeballs in gripes

Too many to mention man

Apathetic lethargic and stale I’ve got no attention span

I’m broken and bothered bogged down bombarded with news

I’m feeling feeble facetious and fractious frying my fuse

Like Anthony Costa I’ve got a case of the blues

Daba dee daba die

I’m paying my dues

I’ve got to smile when I look back on it now

When life is rolling relentlessly showing no sign of slowing down

Yesterday is gone but tomorrow can be the one

I’m not gonna sit around pining about the things that have been and gone

It’s easy to get stuck but I know that time is ticking on

Gotta get my head down be grateful and calm and keep on kicking on

I’ve got to try and embrace it all while I’m still in my prime

Because you can stand still but you can’t stop time

I sound pessimistic here but I’m honestly not

I value, look after and cherish everything I’ve got

Everything that I know could be gone in the blink of an eye

Life is not a rehearsal and so I might as well try

To just enjoy it relax and try not to stress about the rest

I’m just excited to be here driving the ultimate test

Yes my knees are knackered

I’m sad and I’m getting fatter

Had to pump up the atmosphere cos it couldn’t get any flatter

My Tamagotchi’s dead

It went the way of Mufasa

But it doesn’t matter

No worries

Hakuna matata

Hahahahahaaa

I’ve got to try and embrace it all while I’m still in my prime

Because you can stand still but you can’t stop time

You can stand still but you can’t stop time

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