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“It was late in December, the sky turned to snow
all round the day was going down slow
night like a river beginning to flow
I felt the beat of my mind go
drifting into time passages
years go falling in the fading light
time passages
buy me a ticket on the last train home tonight

Well I’m not the kind to live in the past
the years run too short and the days too fast
the things you lean on are the things that don’t last
well it’s just now and then my line gets cast into these
time passages
there’s something back here that you left behind
oh time passages
buy me a ticket on the last train home tonight

Hear the echoes and feel yourself starting to turn
don’t know why you should feel
that there’s something to learn
it’s just a game that you play

Well the picture is changing
now you’re part of a crowd
they’re laughing at something
and the music’s loud
a girl comes towards you
you once used to know
you reach out your hand
but you’re all alone, in those
time passages
I know you’re in there, you’re just out of sight
time passages
buy me a ticket on the last train home tonight”.

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Al Stewart, Time passages – 6:39
(Al Stewart, Peter White)
Album: Time Passages (1978)
Singolo: “Time passages / Almost Lucy” (1978)

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Citazioni.

Time Passages is the title of a 1978 US Top Ten hit by singer-songwriter Al Stewart which was produced by Alan Parsons and was the title track for Stewart’s 1978 album release. The single reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in December 1978, “Time Passages” also spent ten weeks at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Easy Listening chart, the longest stay at number one on this chart in the 1970s. Billboard magazine also ranked “Time Passages” as the No. 1 Adult Contemporary single of 1979. The song is also of note of having the highest note ever hit on an alto saxophone by Phil Kenzie on a studio recording as a lead into the sax solo as Peter White‘s acoustic guitar solo was ending.
The familiar final line to the chorus is, “Buy me a ticket on the last train home tonight“. Less lyrically complex than a typical Al Stewart composition – the singer’s previous Top Ten hit “Year of the Cat” exemplifying his usual style – “Time Passages” was one of two songs on the Time Passages album written by Stewart with the intent of the tracks’ having hit single potential, the other being “Song on the Radio” which was the follow-up single and reached No. 29 Billboard and No. 27 Cash Box. Both the original and radio edit of the song was often played over the airwaves during the late 1970s. The difference is the song fades out before the second saxophone solo and ending guitar melody that would itself eventually fade out with primary instruments being removed”.

(Wikipedia, voce Time Passages (song))

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