Song of the Day #2,729: ‘Time’ – Josh Rouse

josh_rouse_embers_timeBest Songs of 2015 – #13
‘Time’ – Josh Rouse

Josh Rouse has built a nice career through unorthodox means. Not many singer-songwriters head to Spain after their most successful album to learn a new language and start recording in it.

I don’t suspect that fame is a primary concern for Rouse. He just wants to make his music and earn enough from it to live and eat. He records for his own label and sells his albums primarily through his own and affiliated websites.

Creatively he is an heir to Paul Simon, but he’ll never have a fraction of the name recognition.

‘Time,’ a track from his latest record The Embers of Time, reminds me of early Paul Simon. So much of Rouse’s best work does. This is one of my favorite sounds… acoustic guitars, gentle melodies, sad and pretty.

And as somebody in his early forties, the lyrics hit home, too.

[Verse 1]
Early forties, how you doing?
And what’s the deal?
How am I supposed to look?
How am I supposed to feel?

[Hook]
And time has been telling me
Who to love and where to go
And time keeps on pushing me
Farther on down the road

[Verse 2]
Flipping through some pictures of when I was a kid
People I’ve loved, places I’ve hid
I’ve moved around, tried to change my name
Just one thing put me in my place

[Hook]
And time keeps on telling me
Who to love and where to go
And time keeps on pushing me
Farther on down the road

[Chorus]
Time, time, time
Time, time, time

[Instrumental]

[Bridge]
If all at once life should decide
That it is through with me
Then time will let me be

[Verse 3]
Just the other day I stopped by my stepfather’s grave
Died at thirty, way too soon, I forgot his face

[Hook]
And time keeps on telling me
Who to love and where to go
And time keeps on pushing me
Farther on down the road

[Chorus]
Time, time, time
Time, time, time

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,729: ‘Time’ – Josh Rouse

  1. Dana says:

    Sweet and poignant song.

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