Song of the Day #1,114: ‘Time Well Wasted’ – Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley’s fourth album, Time Well Wasted was released in 2005 and marks the point where he really hit the stratosphere.

Starting with his second single release from this album (‘When I Get Where I’m Going,’ a duet with Dolly Parton), he sent a record 10 straight singles to the #1 spot on Billboard’s country chart. That streak ended with a #2 single, and he released three more #1’s and two more #2’s after that. And in the past eight years he’s put out six #1 albums.

Now that’s a lot of numbers to crunch, but the point is Brad Paisley is the Will Smith of country music (minus a misstep like Seven Pounds).

Time Well Wasted is a typical Brad Paisley album, which is to say it’s fun and sweet and musically sublime and you’ll know the whole thing by heart after listening to it once. It might be my favorite of his albums, but three others might be my favorite too.

This record contains one of Paisley’s great love songs (‘She’s Everything‘) and one of his great kiss-off songs (stay tuned tomorrow). It features that touching duet with Dolly Parton and a tongue-in-cheek duet with Alan Jackson.

And it features the title track, a favorite of mine, about the importance of not always doing what you should be doing.

I could’ve been workin’ overtime
Or at home tryin’ to make that truck run right
Instead of wadin’ out in that stream
All day long barely catchin’ a thing
Just me and dad
I’m glad he talked me in to that

(Chorus)
It was time well wasted
And there’s no way I trade a few more dollars in my pocket I could’ve spent
For a day I’ll never forget
No, I didn’t get a thing done
But I sure soaked up every minute of the memory we were makin’
And I count it all as time well wasted

Those leaves were a foot deep in the yard
And ‘wash me’ was written all over the car
But watchin’ movies all day with you
Wasn’t on my list of things to do
But we laid on that couch
Girl, we never left the house

(Chorus)
It was time well wasted
And there’s no way I trade a few more things that I could’ve crossed off my list
For a day I’ll never forget
No, I didn’t get a thing done
But I sure soaked up every minute of the memory we were makin’
And I count it all as time well wasted

(Bridge)
This world spins too fast if you let it
There’s always one more thing to do
But lookin’ back I never have regretted
Takin’ off early or callin’ in sick
Or lovin’ away a Sunday afternoon

(Chorus)
It was time well wasted
And there’s no way I trade a few more dollars or things crossed off my list
For a day I’ll never forget
No I didn’t get a thing done
But I sure soaked up every minute of the memory we were makin’
And I count it all as time well wasted

I count it all as time well wasted

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4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,114: ‘Time Well Wasted’ – Brad Paisley

  1. Amy says:

    I love how he makes a rather trite and well-worn sentiment fresh by ironically referring to the time he is sharing with friends and family as “wasted” rather than “spent,” which is how it would likely be labeled. I mean, let’s be real. Who would ever label a day spent fishing with your father as “wasting time”? I doubt anyone.

    That one little choice helps make the song interesting, and the music and delivery is otherwise delightful.

    Now I’d love to hear the next verse (or maybe the parody?) of this song, where he really delves into the time wasters people enjoy… that could be one of his funny songs, with another cameo by William Shatner ;)

  2. Dana says:

    I keep waiting to hear more of the non-traditional stuff that Paisley apparently does, rather than what to my ears just sounds like another generic country tune.

  3. Clay says:

    Maybe you should stop waiting and just enjoy the songs! :-)

  4. pegclifton says:

    Again great lyrics!

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