xkcd Time Wiki

The all-important playlist for accompanying your travels through Time: every piece of music mentioned in the Time forum thread.

currently 280 tracks

Compiled by User:CatHectic. You can click the green "+Follow" button in Spotify to get updates as the playlist grows, and use CatHectic/cathexi's profile to suggest additions or ask for an invite to be a Collaborator on the playlist.

currently 152 videos

Compiled by mittfh; contains different versions of some songs, and some not available on Spotify (conversely, some songs on Spotify or in the master playlist below aren't available on YouTube). You can click the "Subscribe" button to follow this version of the playlist as it grows.

Notes from your Larghissimographer:

  • Y'all have awesome taste!  I've loved discovering new-to-me music through this journey, and re-discovering forgotten favorites.
  • The table is sortable by column.
  • The playlist is still very much a work in progress!
Suggestion Collection Progress
Count NewPages Progress
160 1-250 Should have all, if I've missed some please point them out
72 251-422 Picked up haphazardly; still working through systematically. You can point out missing suggestions if you wish, or wait for it.
76 423+ I've got a lot of these, but not all from the end; please wait for it.
308 Total Suggestions
More notes for first-time readers

We Love xkcd

by Elaine Doyle & Olga Nunes, featuring the awesomeness of many cool people.

  • ​I've used my intuition to select the most Timely representative song for the mix when a contributor has suggested only an album or artist. Use that "edit" button if you have better ideas!
  • Similarly, on the Spotify playlist I've substituted covers or tribute perfomances for pieces that aren't available for streaming (shakes tiny fist at The Beatles and Pink Floyd) -- suggestions for different or additional substitutes are welcome.
  • I've provided links to pieces that aren't available on Spotify at all.
  • I've used my musical licence (right here in my wallet!) to add some songs for post references that might or might not have been intended to allude to a musical piece.
  • The Time thread is cyclical, but I decided to give credit to everyone who mentioned a song, even if it was a repeat.
  • The NewPage/Post numbers are a useful method for me to compile and sort suggestions in the order they were made, but the actual numbers are subject to change as old duplicate posts get deleted by the mods and/or newbie posts get approved.
  • Spotify's my music home but feel free to replicate the list on other services and add links/reformat to give 'em all equal billing.

(Table legend: * = ninja'd suggestion, included earlier)

Time Travel Mix
NP Suggested Song Title Suggested Artist Contributed By Post Quote Spotify Notes YouTube Notes
1.01 Only Time Enya Quicksilver
2.16 Organ²/ASLSP John Cage Uzh
It strongly reminds me of a piece of music which will approximately take 639 years to perform. By now the first or second tune are played. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/As_Slow_as_Possible
not available on Spotify
3.31 Dark Side of the Moon (album) Pink Floyd muzzle
This has prompted me to listen to Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon again. Thanks Randal!
not available on Spotify; cover by Robbie Krieger
5.07 Time and Tide Wait for No Man The High Queens queueingtheory
I figured that since they appear to be by water (flat bit on the right) it's a play on "time and tide wait for no man".
6.15 4'33" John Cage webgiant
Its like a visual representation of 4'33", with the forum messages substituting for the concert audience. So its pretty deep.
(yes, I know the runtime is 4:39 - but it's the "Single Version"!)
8.16 Time (Inception soundtrack) Hans Zimmer kaley
It's going to turn into Inception. They'll spend a lifetime building a world from scratch and grow old together. And skip all the sad stuff from the movie.
9.01 Við spilum endalaust ("We play endlessly") Sigur Ros FaroCastiglo
Listening to Sigur Ros while following this, because it just seems so appropriate.
9.06 Turn! Turn! Turn! The Byrds mikrit
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to embrace and a time to build sand castles.
Just wait for it.
9.14 Riddles in the Dark Stone Mountain Crew syberspot
This thing all things devours:
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats high mountain down.
9.32 Castles Made of Sand The Jimi Hendrix Experience frizzychicory
Maybe Randall is just a Hendrix fan? And so castles made of sand fall in the sea, eventually
10.28 9 Beet Stretch Lief Inge meat.paste
This reminds me of the folks who took Beethoven's 9th symphony and electronically stretched it to 24 hours. It is beautiful and maddening. http://www.park.nl/digidivi/9bs.pls [download]
not available on Spotify
16.37 Le vent nous portera ("The wind will carry us") Noir Désir two_sided_cube
This whole sand castle thing made me think of the video clip for Le Vent Nous Portera, a Noir Désir song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrgcRvBJYBE
19.03 Castles Made of Sand* The Jimi Hendrix Experience scotty2haughty
Jimi Hendrix...

"And so castles made of sand fall in the sea, eventually"

Maybe that is what we are waiting for.
19.04 Never Gonna Give You Up Rick Astley rvloon
The obvious outcome of this outcome would be a simple redirect to a Rick Astley video. *Never* gonna give you up...
19.27 Minas Tirith/Hope and Memory Lord of the Rings manvandmaan
I fear she's building a sand-replica of Minas Tirith! :o If that is the case, we're going to be here for some time...
23.30 Castles Made of Sand* The Jimi Hendrix Experience slowcooked
Thinking of romance, the Hendrix song came to me, on the wings of a dragon-fly:
And so castles made of sand fall in the sea, eventually...
24.11 Sandcastles in the Sand Robin Sparkles (HIMYM) KroniK907
I have been watching this since the first or second image... and all along, I kept thinking of this song. I Finally figured out where I had heard it. anyway, wanted to share a song about sandcastles: http://www.hulu.com/watch/17829
not available on Spotify
26.21 The Fault in Our Stars Bloom Claveluza
― The Fault in Our Stars, John Green. I thought it was appropiate.
27.39 Tsunami Mehdi Moghadam SadinaSaphrite
Last panel Black Hat Guy rides a tsunami onto the castle, bearing a flag.
30.28 I Am A Rock Simon & Garfunkel KarMann
It almost looks like a reasonable end, with the "punchline" being something about how he's built himself into this sand castle, and now has no idea how to get out of it without destroying it. Perhaps with a moral somewhat similar to Simon & Garfunkel's "I Am A Rock". But that wouldn't have any significant connection with "Time" that I can think of, except perhaps in the sense of "doing time." So I wouldn't expect that to be it.
32.22 Vicarious Tool Corrado
I've been wondering if the point of the comic is about becoming more self aware of the amount of time spent pondering things which are ultimately trivial in our lives and that we have no influence over. Sort of Randall's version of Tool's "Vicarious." I've somewhat resigned myself that there isn't going to be "Oh My God!" ending to this and that the impressive part will be the duration, not the finale (or possibly even the message, if there is one).
not available on Spotify
33.08 Get Back The Beatles Helper
No. Bad. Get back to where you belong.
not available on Spotify; cover by The Beatles Recoverd Band
36.35 Castles in the Sky Ian Van Dahl peewee_RotA
So we're going to find out at the end that this is a giant Ian Van Dahl reference and the girl's just building castles with this guy.
37.24 Waiting for Godot Janina Gavankar Ardaglash
"Long time listener, first time caller"... I'm surprised that no one has yet brought up 'Waiting for Godot'. It was one of the first things I thought of when I saw the alt-text, and as Time has elapsed and this thread has passed through various stages of absurd, morbid, off-topic, lighthearted, and so forth, I feel like Randall has constructed a piece of performance art with all of us included as integral players.
41.2 King of My Castle Wamdue Project Wooloomooloo
...Am I the only one who keeps hearing "must be a reason why I'm king of my castle" (from the Wamdue Project) looping in my head when I'm looking at "Time" lately...? Surely not? Well, not anymore, anyway... )
43.08 4'33"* John Cage ctdonath
As for the XKCD audience coming up with many meanings, well, it's Randall's version of 4'33".
43.16 4'33"* John Cage Editer
4'33" is 273 seconds long. Maybe this will go on for exactly 273 frames... that would be obscure but if Randall's original storyboarding landed it in that neighborhood he might adjust to hit it exactly...
44.08 The World is Just Awesome Discovery Channel Platonix

BJ Nemeth wrote: I love this thread, and all the people in it.


...I just registered so I could post that joke. I lead a sad existence.
not available on Spotify
44.08 I Love The Mountains Houaida Platonix
46.05 Till The End of Time Perry Como peewee_RotA
Latest frame has this song stuck in my head


I'm sad that it may be ending
46.10 Life's a Beach Touch & Go Wooloomooloo
As a theme song for "Time", I see your Perry Como and raise with a Touch and go ("life's a beach") http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryalMzJhmO8
46.40 Time Hootie & the Blowfish lovepirate
For me, the song I've had stuck in my head this whole time is "Time" by Hootie and the Blowfish.

Why you punish me?
Like a wave crashing into the shore, you wash away my dreams.
Why you walk away?
Like a friend with somewhere to go, you left me cryin'
Can you teach me 'bout tomorrow and all the pain and sorrow,
Runnin' free? Cause tomorrow's just another day, and I don't believe in time.
47.02 As Time Goes By Dooley Wilson peewee_RotA
It's still the same old story
The fight for love and glory
A case of do or die
The world will always welcome lovers
As time... goes... by...
47.07 Time Is On My Side The Rolling Stones Grepus
47.17 One Three Dog Night TheMulattoMaker
Three Dog Night
47.32 Outta Time Mark Westin Grepus
Mark Westin
47.39 The Sand And The Sea Nat King Cole peewee_RotA
As long as there's sand and
as long as there's sea
as long as there's time
I'll wait hopefully... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApiUC-R5_6Q
48.09 Time in a Bottle Jim Croce Dracomax
If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I'd like to do
Is to save every day
Till Eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you...
48.19 Land of Oden Barry & Barry Mikeski
...so, when does the little bird show up to sharpen its beak?
48.26 Castles Made of Sand* The Jimi Hendrix Experience wingless
I keep thinking of the Hendrix song, "Castles made of sand." Perhaps this castle will fall into the sea, eventually...
48.29 Sandcastles in the Sand* Robin Sparkles (HIMYM) inhalvast
But now I'm building...
Sandcastles in the sand (Sandcastles in the sand)
Thought I could fly when you held my hand (Thought I could fly)
Eternity turns to black and white
It was the greatest week and a half of my life
50.18 The One That Got Away Tom Waits Editer
the song Waits sang in the linked film
50.18 Tom Waits for No One 99 Hooker's Generica Editer
a cover named after the linked film
55.31 Solid Rock Dire Straits orthogon
Somebody was talking about songs about 30 newpix ago. In the unlikely event that you wanted to know, the one I've got stuck in my head is Solid Rock by Dire Straits.

Mark Knopfler wrote: Well take a look at that I made a castle in the sand
Saying this is where it's at you know
Couldn't understand now
If I realised that the chances were slim

How come I'm so surprised when the tide rolled in
67.11 Only Time* Enya squonk
This seems vaguely appropriate. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h348HGTm1uk
73.04 Time* Pink Floyd BrianX
Every half-hour getting shorter, never seem to run out of time
Sandcastles either come to naught or eighty pages of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the fannish way
Time still ticks but the song is over I've got nothing more to say
74.29 Castle Made of Sand Pitbull suffer-cait
74.29 Castles in the Sand The Philosopher Kings suffer-cait
not available on Spotify
74.29 Castles in the Sand Booth Brothers suffer-cait
74.29 Castles in the Sand Rednek suffer-cait
74.29 Castles in the Sand Stevie Wonder suffer-cait
74.29 Castles In The Sand Seals & Crofts suffer-cait
74.29 Castles in the Sand Thunder suffer-cait
74.29 Castles Made of Sand* The Jimi Hendrix Experience suffer-cait
Top Ten Castles of Sand Songs: in no particular order: they might not even be the Top ten:
  • Pitbull - Castle Made of Sand
  • Hendrix - Castles Made of Sand
  • Stevie Wonder - Castles in the Sand
  • Seals & Crofts - Castles In The Sand
  • Thunder - Castles in the Sand
  • The Philosopher Kings - Castles in the Sand
  • Booth Brothers - Castles in the Sand
  • Slightly Stoopid - Castles of Sand
  • HIMYM - Sandcastles in the Sand
  • Rednek - Castles in the Sand
74.29 Castles of Sand Slightly Stoopid suffer-cait
74.29 Sandcastles in the Sand* Robin Sparkles (HIMYM) suffer-cait
74.35 And the Tide Rushes In The Moody Blues NotThatHatGuy
On day one, when there was a lot of dark speculation here, I kept hearing the Moody Blues "And the Tide Rushes In". Which, being an old geek, I would rank as number two just after Hendrix.
75.07 Land of Oden* Barry & Barry kenmelken
I'm reminded by this whole experience of the What-if post about Twitter a few weeks back, and the quote he used:

High up in the North in the land called Svithjod, there stands a rock. It is a hundred miles high and a hundred miles wide. Once every thousand years a little bird comes to this rock to sharpen its beak. When the rock has thus been worn away, then a single day of eternity will have gone by.

Knowing what Randall has shown himself capable of in the past, and the fact that the slow delivery allows him to still be creating additional pix for a long time, I'd say the duration of this little venture could be on the order of months, or even years.
75.32 Give Me That Old Time Religion traditional KarMann
Give me that old Time religion,
Give me that old Time religion,
Give me that old Time religion,
It's good enough for me!
version by Jane Russell, Connie Haines, Rhonda Fleming
79.23 As Time Goes By* Dooley Wilson Eoink
Ric as in Casablanca? Now I have "As Time Goes By" playing in my head.
79.39 As Time Goes By* Dooley Wilson jaycim
Thanks. Now I have "As Time Goes By" playing in my head.
80.12 Time David Bowie Plutarch
Time - He's waiting in the wings
He speaks of senseless things
His script is you and me, boys (Bowie)
82.39 Give Me That Old Time Religion* traditional Eoink
I've had a look back at the songs and didn't spot this one, although it's quite possible that I missed it. May I humbly suggest a hymn for the religion:

Give me that old Time religion,
Give me that old Time religion,
Give me that old Time religion,
It's good enough for me!
83.23 Counting Out Time Genesis The Owl
If this is going to be one of the hymns, can I suggest Counting Out Time by Genesis as another?

I'm counting out time,
Got the whole thing down by numbers,
All those numbers!
Give me guidance!
Oh Lord I need that now.
85.33 Time Tom Waits Envelope Generator
91.12 The Unanswered Question Charles Ives communisteggplant
Someone referenced Cage's 4' 33" earlier...a more appropriate art music reference to the comic and our responses might be Ives' The Unanswered Question. The piece has three layers- a repeating, slow string pattern meant to evoke the passage of time, a trumpet blast invoking the Unanswered Question (i.e., "what does it all mean?"), and a bunch of flutes offering scurrying responses that trip over one another. The strings are the comic, the trumpet is our search for meaning, and the flutes are the wondrous (Ives would say silly, but I disagree) cacophony of our attempts to understand. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbArUJBRRJ0
94.07 More Than a Feeling* Boston peewee_RotA
I've got More Than a Feeling that might be possible.
94.14 Foreplay/Long Time Boston robxlii
Yeah. All of this is just Foreplay. It's gonna be a Long Time before we know anything for certain.
94.21 Amanda* Boston peewee_RotA
Them maybe it's time to stop checking. I don't need Amanda display a bunch of single frame animations slowly and string me along for days.
94.23 Peace of Mind* Boston Srt252
If it would just end already I might get some Peace of Mind.
94.27 Don't Look Back* Boston peewee_RotA
If it does, Don't Look Back.
94.33 We're Ready*

Feelin' Satisfied*

Boston Srt252
I just don't know if We're Ready, after it's over we might not be Feelin' Satisfied
95.08 We Can Make It* Boston hdhale
Don't worry, We Can Make It.
95.31 Rock and Roll Band* Boston peewee_RotA
I think they ran out of hits. Maybe we should focus on a different Rock and Roll Band
96.08 We Used To Wait Arcade Fire SilverTree
There are a couple of songs related to Time around this thread, and I suddenly remembered this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nTjn1yJp0wI think the lyrics are quite appropriate:

We used to wait
We used to wait
We used to wait
Sometimes it never came
96.39 Tell Me*


Boston Tophe
Ran out of hits? Tell Me, what are you Smokin'?
102.16 Castles Made of Sand* Jimi Hendrix pdg
And so castles, made of sand,
stretch into,
102.28 Hotel California The Eagles xspeedballx

nickulo wrote: An Outsider sent me a picture... and I found myself wondering what would happen in the next picture. I have to get out of here...

Why is Hotel California humming through my head??
not available on Spotify; cover by Gipsy Kings
102.30 Does the time bother you? George Carlin wud
not available on Spotify; from the HBO special George Carlin: Again!
103.32 Hotel California* The Eagles hdhale
Great, now I smell colitas....
106.22 Still Alive Jonathan Coulton mittfh
Silly speculation: it will end with Cueball and Megan duetting: This was a triumph. We're making a note here: Huge Success. It's hard to overstate our satisfaction... :D
106.36 Time Warp* Rocky Horror Picture Show NotAllThere
I've worked it out. The picture will get all distorted. Then it will be normal. Then we'll do the timewarp again...
106.40 Time Warp Rocky Horror Picture Show mittfh
Don't you mean the image will pan slightly to the left (a step), then jerk to the right (a jump)... I can't think of a suitable metaphor for hands / hips / knees. Then the image will zoom in and out several times (pelvic thrust)...
107.30 Right Here Waiting Richard Marx treadman
107.34 Epic Faith No More xspeedballx
109.13 Time Warp* Rocky Horror Picture Show edo
It was more of a slide to the left than a jump. But if it makes a step to the right, then I'm right there with you.
110.21 The Song That Never Ends Lamb Chop, etc. mittfh
Uh oh. I've just had an idea for a filk...All together now:

This is the thread that doesn't end,
Yes it goes on and on my friend.
Some people started posting here not knowing what it was
And they'll continue posting here forever just because...
[Repeat ad infinitum]
cover by Sean O'Boyle
114.36 Soliloquy For Lilith Nurse With Wound WolfieMario
...I think I'll just go back to figuring out how Randall got this to keep playing in my room even after I unplugged my speakers and bashed them in with an iron pipe. Some of these HTML5 features feel rather unnecessary.
not available on Spotify
115.03 All of Me Nurse With Wound buffygirl
Everybody must listen to this as we await the next newpix. I declare it part of the religion of the Usserisses.
the only remotely applicable Nurse With Wound track on Spotify; didn't want to leave them out completely!
117.39 Auguries of Innocence The Fugs KuwabatakeSanjuro
To see a world in a grain of sand, And heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in two newpix. -William Blake ... or something like that.
118.11 Auguries of Innocence (poem) William Blake HAL9000
I still prefer the original:

To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
and eternity in an hour.

Isn't that what we're doing? Well, almost, at least. Seeing the world in a sandcastle, and eternity in 30 minutes.
118.17 Hazy Shade of Winter The Bangles JCPenney
120.14 Jungle Love The Time Cyrano de Maniac

addams wrote: A Religion with good music can't be all weird.

So should Morris Day and The Time be elevated to the post of Cantor? I'd link to something fun on Youtube, but... you know... 2 posts.
122.14 How's It Gonna End Tom Waits AionArap
122.23 I've Just Seen a Face The Beatles Kazard
Anyone else enjoy setting the Auto-Updating gif to music? I find The Beatles - I've Just Seen a Face, fits rather well... How about you guys?
not available on Spotify; cover by Jim Sturgess on Across the Universe soundtrack
122.24 Still Alive* Jonathan Coulton Khrushy
swey wrote: I hadn't thought of a violent server coup occurring behind the scenes, I wonder if future comics will praise the singularity and the hobby of killing all humans /Checks the notes of the humming in today's comic to see if they play "Still Alive" or "Want you gone". . .
122.24 Want You Gone Jonathan Coulton Khrushy
123.24 A Psalm of Life (poem) Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, read by Hal Holbrook Ppaatt
Art is long, and Time is fleeting
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still like muffled drums are beating
Funeral marches to the grave
-"A Psalm of Life" Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
124.36 4'33"* John Cage Tova
Watching is thread is what I imagine it might have been like attending the first performance of Cage 4'33"...
125.11 Slouching Towards Bethlehem Joni Mitchell kenmelken
So... none of the other errors ever took this long to resolve...I'm scared. I feel a sense of chaos and disillusionment is ahead...I'm reminded of some lines by Yeats:

Things fall apart. The center cannot hold.
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world...

wait for it
125.11 The Second Coming (poem) William Butler Yeats, read by Jason Wakes kenmelken
126.07 We Built Our Own World (Inception soundtrack) Hans Zimmer swey
Would totally shit a brick at the inception/self awareness
134.16 Time* Tom Waits Chronicer

Long time lurker, mainly register-did to share my epiphany (Apologies if someone ninjaphany-did me in the previous 130+ pages): I propose that the official Bard of the Time-Waiters be Tom Waits (ahem...get it? ) and the official hymn -certainly someone proposed before me- his opus "time" :

And it's time time time
And it is time
And it's time
And it's time time
That you love
And it's time time time

For those that have not already you should check the rest of the lyrics. I promise it be worth it...
135.08 Time Is On My Side* Rolling Stones forum mods
Re: 1190: "Things that are on my side for 600, Alex!"
141.32 Maneater Hall & Oates SecondTalon

edo wrote: whoa ho here she comes

She's a Maneater?
143.24 Trebuchet Arena Kyrie
151.18 Only Time Will Tell Asia louspinuso
IF it's supposed to loop, and loop at that point, I suspect that Cueball and/or Megan will finish the sand castles off with a Godzilla v. King Kong walk through them. but only Time will tell...and so we wait for it.
155.03 Time Is On My Side* Rolling Stones Corrado

David1618 wrote: On that note, doth anyone ken if the new title for this needle-pulled thing be a reference to something.. Perhaps Jeopardy related?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzcWwmwChVE -- appropriate that it's a Rolling STONES reference?
156.35 Hero of Canton Bedlam Bards Dictator
I think he meant Jaynestown.
161.04 Time Machine Joe Satriani TemporaryLife
Wow, coming back to this thread feels like that bit in The Time Machine where he goes to the future and finds an insane new civilization. WHAT HAVE I DONE?!
161.05 Traveller In Time Uriah Heep Helper

TemporaryLife wrote: Wow, coming back to this needle-pulled thing feels like that bit in The Things that are on my side for 600, Alex! Machine where he goes to the future and finds an insane new civilization. hwæt HAVE I DONE?!

What? Why? Who are you? BEGONE, TIME-TRAVELLER!
173.01 The Unanswered Question* Charles Ives Exodies
Oh and while I'm typing, many thanks to whoever posted the link to Charles Ives music on youtube, it's beautiful. ("the unanswered question")
(it was communisteggplant!)
177.19 Mark Twain Sez: We Are All Mad Matt Haimovitz bouer
When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained. Mark Twain
178.02 Fly Like An Eagle Steve Miller Band forum mods
Re: 1190: "Thing that keeps slipping into the future"
181.27 From the End of the World Electric Light Orchestra lassehp
I have a message from another Time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&featu ... _o8VLK52pA /Lasse
181.36 Fly Like An Eagle* Steve Miller Band Wnderer
She's currently doing an homage to Snoopy sleeping on his doghouse. This relates to the Time theme by bringing to mind the lines from the Steve Miller song.

I want to fly like a beagle, yessirree.
Fly like a beagle,

Let my doghouse carry me.

181.38 Game of Pay Thrones Key Of Awesome buffygirl
My current favoritest music parody ever [not completely OT - it involves castles!] Game of Pay Thrones
not available on Spotify; based on Payphone by Maroon 5
185.28 Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Monty Python mybrainhurts
However: Always look on the bride side of time!
186.12 Always Look on the Bright Side of Life* Monty Python kryton
Life's a piece of shit, When you look at it, Life's a laugh and death's a joke it's true ...
186.13 Always Look on the Bright Side of Life* Monty Python Wraithlord
And always look on the bright side of DEATH! Ïa Ran'dall! Ïa Cthulhu!
192.24 Blinded by the Light Bruce Springsteen berryjw
Ick, much sympathy. However, "moma always told me not to look into the eyes of the sun, but moma, that's where the fun is!" Springsteen didn't comment on food
193.01 Forming The Mountain (Close Encounters soundtrack) John Williams 9hili9
Is that starting to look like Devil's Tower to anyone else? Maybe we are heading for a Close Encounter
193.06 Blinded by the Light Manfred Mann's Earth Band riverssong

berryjw said: Ick, much sympathy. However, "moma always told me not to look into the eyes of the sun, but moma, that be where the fun be!" Springsteen didn't comment on food

I grew up with the Manfred Mann version. But the important part of all this is: How am I going to make Dutch Apple Pie with bananas, nutella and sugar cookie dough if I can't have fatty foods?!?!?!
201.37 Pope Prince Helper

bigcrag92 wrote: Ladies and gentlemen of Thing that keeps slipping into the future. The votes have now been counted, we be proud to announce the annointment of the first timewaiter pope: Pope Helper the first. He woll now be ordained by the newly promoted arch-cardinal Buffygirl, wearer of awesome hats.


ohmigerd you guise, I-

Wait. What does a pope do? And does it involve virgins?
205.34 Shai Hulud Nero kurukkan
Someone set a thumper. A WORM IS SURE TO COME
207.2 *Fly Like an Eagle Steve Miller Band Valarya
Who else has been singing the goddamn Steve Miller Band all day long?
210.34 Logan's Run The London Theatre Orchestra Wnderer
Listen to me!
You don't have to wait for it!
It's a Lie!
It's not One True Comic, it's Multiple Fictional Comics!
I've been outside!
You can go outside!
You can build REAL sand castles!
You can build REAL trebuchets!
You can touch Peter Ustinov, but you don't have to!
You can drink beer! You can sleep late!

You can LIVE!

211.12 The Heart Wants The Cantrells webgiant
The heart wants what the heart wants.
213.27 Barbed Wire Blues Wilko Johnson gorn
"Last time that I saw her
She was standing by the water
Staring at the sunset
With a hammer in her hand" ♩ ♫ ♫ ♩ ♬
214.26 Time is a River KC Craine BlitzGirl
Time is a river.
215.12 Only Time Will Tell* Asia SBN
Only Time will tell.
216.1 Hip to Be Square Huey Lewis & The News peewee_RotA
Obviously they are working on their coolness factor. It's hip to be square.
217.04 What's He Building In There (spoken word) Tom Waits fhorn
217.05 Warten auf Godot Destination Anywhere Ceetar
I suspect Godot will be arriving any time now. meanwhile the structure in the middle has gone from Close Encounters of the Third Kind to 2001.
217.07 The River Bruce Springsteen ggrohmann
Ok. Now listening to "The river" by Bruce Springsteen. Yeah!
217.09 There Is Always One More Time B.B. King bigcrag92

Rosewinsall wrote: did this die? is there no more time?

There is always more time.
217.15 *Fly Like an Eagle Steve Miller Band Valarya
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnlTrq6wLf0 (still. can't get. this song. out of my head.)
218.28 Phonetic Punctuation Victor Borge Stealth Beige
not available on Spotify
221.03 Detachable Penis King Missile macraw83
I can't help but think of this... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIUk08iYZKE
221.12 Dicks Around Me DJ Tai Fighter Smithers
not available on Spotify
221.16 Detachable Penis* King Missile KarMann
I'm at work, so I'd rather not play it just now, but I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that someone finally referenced the song "Detachable Penis"? I was going to bring that up, myself.
223.27 Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds The Beatles XonqNopp

StratPlayer wrote: It's natural for us humans to want to attribute everything to some 'daddy in the sky' who does all the drawing.

Daddy, or Lucy... ??
not available on Spotify; cover by Bono on Across the Universe soundtrack
223.28 Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds* The Beatles AionArap
Lucy may very well have been involved at one or more points in the continued development of this thread. It would explain a lot.
223.29 Ghost Riders in the Sky Johnny Cash StratPlayer
OK, maybe Lucy. But only if she's a ghost rider* (with diamonds, of course)... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/(Ghost)_Riders_in_the_Sky:_A_Cowboy_Legend
226.21 O Lord, Please Don't Burn Us Monty Python kryton
And now the choir will lead us in the hymn O Lord, please don't burn us, Don't grill us or toast your flock, Don't put us on a barbecue, Or simmer us in stock, Don't braise us or bake or boil us, Or stir-fry us in a wok. Oh please don't lightly poach us, Or baste us with hot fat, Don't fricassee or roast us, Or boil us in a vat, And please don't stick thy servants, Lord, In a Rotissomat.
not available on Spotify
226.34 Seas of Cheese Primus AionArap
I'm starting to think it's a sea of cheese, and they're sailing on it.
231.26 Knights of Cydonia Muse Exodies
You don't waste Time, Time wastes you.
231.3 Still Alive* Jonathan Coulton Eshru
Well if HAL won't help, maybe you'll find someone else to help you. Maybe Black Mesa?
231.34 Still Alive* Jonathan Coulton AionArap

Eshru wrote: Well if HAL won't help, maybe you'll find someone else to help you. Maybe Black Mesa?

What? You're saying that cold-hearted manipulative bitch is still alive? I'll stick with HAL thank you very much.

Also, he*s a much better singer.
234.17 Strange Charm Hank Green bigcrag92

udscbt wrote: Actually, it took me a while to learn how to spell my username. For anyone wondering (or wanting to learn how to properly read it), it means "Up Down Strange Charm Bottom Top".

I would have put it udsctb but only because its how the hank green song goes. now i know what it means i won't spell it wrong.
236.2 The Governor's Icy Heart South Park kryton
you will have to warm the governor's cold hart with a hot island song...
238.37 First and Second Law Flanders & Swann Smithers
Indeed, there are two experiences relevent to the One True Comic. The first is The Comic itself, the second is The Thread. Neither alone can tell the complete story. Although information passes only from the former to the latter1, each is integral to the other. 1You can try it if you like but you'd far better not'a.
239.36 Ozymandias (poem) Percy Bysshe Shelley, read by Sir John Gielgud KarMann
Oh no, not the presenting again?

Personally, I look at it and hear in my head, "Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"

Added: Of course, the rest of the poem would fit very well with the theme of the comic, and the possible medium that Megan and Cueball might be working with.
239.40 Noctambulist matryoshka KarMann
If you think that's bad, consider that the forum will also contain multiple copies of The Comic. Matryoshka limit, indeed!
240.36 The Song That Never Ends* Lamb Chop etc. Rafnar
This is the comic that never ends.

It just goes on and on my friends. Some people started watching it not knowing what it was, And they'll continue watching it forever just because . . . This is the comic that never ends. It just goes on and on my friends. Some people started watching it not knowing what it was,

And they'll continue watching it forever just because . . .
242.30 Building Castles in the Sand* The Philosopher Kings ThinkerEmeritus
Check out "Building Castles in the Sand" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XV4fQyW8gcU.
245.31 The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun Julie Brown KarMann

kryton wrote: She has a gun!? Duck Cueball!

I had no idea, until now, that Megan was the Homecoming Queen.
247.12 Know Your Enemy Rage Against The Machine azule

eight wrote: I hope my teacher will take my time spent here as english homeworks. Thank you anyway ^^

Yes I know my enemy
They're the teachers who taught me to fight me

School sometimes perpetuate rules we no longer need. Do not give in, my brother.
247.34 It's Its Power Salad Angelastic
248.22 Time Warp* Rocky Horror Picture Show Shepherdess
I had another revelation!

I missed the Madness by a few days, so I'm not quite sure what exactly it was, but...

"It's astounding/TIME is fleeting/MADNESS takes control..."
249.04 Legion VNV Nation ChronosDragon
And what will happen?
Will I dream?
I am too scared to close my eyes.
For a second please hold me.
None can change in me these things that I believe.
But I don't know what happens now.
I am too scared to close my eyes.

Anyone? No? Guess I'm the only one here who listens to VNV nation...
250.21 Paradise by the Dashboard Light Meat Loaf Eoink
And suddenly I have "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" as an ear worm. "And now I'm waiting for the End of Time...".
258.25 Back to the Future - Main Theme Alan Silvestri cmyk
I think she's building a flux capacitor. Cueball's gone to get the Delorian. And the extra plutonium.
261.02 Sunday Girl Blondie Exodies
I don't think they planned any of this. If we go back (or is it forward? Or sideways?) to the Big Dong, Frame 1, they are simply busy waiting. If they had a plan to build something with the local materials they would have got on with it. Also: hurry up and Wait is a Blondie lyric.
280.28 Knights in White Satin The Moody Blues Exodies
Knights in white semencafeinbabycancer
not available on Spotify; cover by Moody Blues Tribute Band
294.06 Waiting for the Flood Love & Rockets KarMann
A little music for Megan & Cueball while they . . . wait for it. Love & Rockets - Waiting for the Flood
307.29 When the River Meets the Sea John Denver ella ventic
Is anyone else singing now? From the best Christmas album of all time:

When the mountain touches the valley
All the clouds are taught to fly
As our souls will leave this land most peacefully
Though our minds be filled with questions
In our hearts we'll understand
When the river meets the sea

Muppets and John Denver, anyone? (Also Emmet Otter.) I don't think the song has got much to do with the comic, taking as it does a decidedly pro-soul and -afterlife stance, but thanks anyway Randall for reminding me of it! (I may not agree with the song but it is darn beautiful anyway.)

But this life will find a purpose

And in time we'll understand
When the river meets the sea

When the river meets the almighty sea.
342.15 Ocarina of Time - Song of Storms Monsalve Angelastic
Does the Troubadour of Time play ocarina?
342.16 Macarena Los Del Rio histrion

Angelastic wrote: Does the Troubadour of Time play ocarina?

Heeeeeeeeeeeeeey Ocarina!
348.31 Uncle John's Band Grateful Dead StratPlayer
You are welcome to join us in the Wait! Come! I'll even offer you a tune to entice you:

"Come hear Lord Randall's Band*, playing to the tide
Come with me or go alone
He's come to take his children home

It's the same story the crow told me, IT's the only one he knows
Like the morning sun you come, and like the wind you go
Ain't no Time to hate, barely Time to Wait
Wo-oh, what I want to know, where does the Time go?

I live in a silver mine and I call it beggar's tomb

I got me a violin and I beg you call the tune
Anybody's choice, I can hear your voice
Wo-oh, what I want to know, how does the song go?

Come hear Lord Randall's Band, by the river side
Got some things to talk about
Here beside the rising tide..."

  • With apologies to Robert Hunter & Jerry Garcia -- HERE'S a link to the real one as penance.
350.34 Time Has Come Today The Chambers Brothers spamjam
Just remember, kids, The Journey Is The Prize. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxpcZrQQM-4
359.14 Time The Alan Parsons Project Eliram
I was listening to an internet 80s radio station on accuradio.com when suddenly I heard this song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OB2YyAgg9Z4 Are there stars in our future?

Time, flowing like a river
Time, beckoning me...
359.18 Time* Pink Floyd VeloCityGirl
The other song I haven't seen posted is more depressing, though it is one of my all time faves: From DSOTM, Lyrics by Roger Waters: Time
359.18 Time* The Alan Parsons Project VeloCityGirl
Show of hands, who is old enough to remember when this song came out and have an emotional memory attached to it? Besides me, I mean? It came out when I was 13, and I remember listening to it on a train from Thurso to London as we were moving back to the States. *sigh* Almost posted it yesterday.
359.20 Time* The Alan Parsons Project Eliram
I will take the opportunity, however, to point out that the lyrics of Alan Parsons Project's "Time" are very similar to TOTC.

Time, flowing like a river (River song?)
Who knows when we shall meet again (Frame 52's Later / Bye dialogue)
If ever (We never know how long they'll be gone)

The rivers flows to the sea, there are tides, friends, love...
Everything except sandcastles. Dammit!
359.24 Time and the River Nat King Cole Eliram
On another note, I found another song about time, river etc. TIME AND THE RIVER - NAT KING COLE
359.33 Mr Time Alan Parsons Publius10
The Alan Parsons one came out a dozen years before I was born - doesn't mean I have no emotional attachment to it - grew up listening to this stuff, still one of my favorite bands. Pink Floyd too, that one still gets to me every time.

I've gotta say though, I recently discovered this one and it might be my favorite AP song now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySZg-m8QTPc

Stealing a moment from Mr. Time
He rocks in his chair like a shiny dime...
361.06 Days Are Numbers (The Traveller) The Alan Parsons Project Mikeski
APP? I think "Days are Numbers (The Traveller)" works better. Second verse & chorus:

The traveller awaits the morning tide/He doesn't know what's on the other side/But something deep inside of him/Keeps telling him to go/He hasn't found a reason to say no
The traveller is only passing through/He cannot understand your point of view/Abandoning reality, unsure of what he'll find/The traveller in me is close behind
Days are numbers/Watch the stars/We can only see so far/Someday, you'll know where you are
361.10 Come Sail Away Styx StratPlayer

SBN wrote: It does look like a boat.

Hmmm... Well, then -- of course the Time-thread song references MUST include THIS! Eric Cartman sings Come Sail Away
363.30 Rocky Mountain High John Denver BlitzGirl
Also, I glimpsed some John Denver, which inspired me thus:

Pray that Time will Fly
(to the tune of Rocky Mountain High)

Long ago Time began on on the 25th of March
With two people sitting on a shore
Motionless to all but quickly they began to move
And we all Waited eagerly for more [...]
364.27 Free Ride The Edgar Winter Group cellocgw
Come on and take a free ride!
364.38 Free Ride* The Edgar Winter Group StratPlayer
And I believe we have our first Edgar Winter Group reference... Geez, we all must be olde pharts!
375.01 Lions Dire Straits partingLance

mscha wrote: EVENSONG...

mscha, I enjoy all your "---ONG" preludes/introductory titles immensely, but this one in particular, for some reason. I thought immediately of

"Church bell clanging on, just
Trying to get a crowd for Evensong..."

which is, I suppose, a song about Time. (Anyone get the reference -- without googling, I mean?)
375.01 Todo Cambia Mercedes Sosa partingLance
Many Outside distractions have kept me away too, but inspired as always by BlitzGirl, I determined to catch up on the needle-pulled thing. The chief distraction had to do with Time, as they understand it on the Outside. To be specific, there was a death in the fambly1. As another old song has it, cambia, todo cambia, but I couldn't help missing the apparent, if possibly illusory, simplicity of the One True Comic.

Still, all said and done, the First and Greatest Commandment has been helpful. I will continue to Wait For It.

1 A cat, but still a beloved fambly member. We'd raised her from kittenhood and all.
375.17 The Waiting Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers lmjb1964
Well, as Tom Petty said, the waiting is the hardest part...
375.19 Quatour pour la fin du temps: Abime des oiseaux Olivier Messiaen Kazza3
For those who predict an end to time: Quartet for the End of Time - Olivier Messiaen
375.19 Quatour pour la fin du temps: Danse de la fureur Olivier Messiaen Kazza3
375.19 Quatour pour la fin du temps: Liturgie de cristal Olivier Messiaen Kazza3
375.19 Quatour pour la fin du temps: Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus Olivier Messiaen Kazza3
375.19 The Undercover Man Van Der Graaf Generator Kazza3
If I may, The Undercover Man- Van der Graaf Generator has some strangely relevant lines:

When the Madness comes, let it flood on down and over me sweetly,
Let it drown the parts of me, weak and blessed and damned
Let it slake my life, let it take my soul and living completely
Let It be who I am.

There may not be Time for us all to run in tandem together,
The horizon calls with its parallel lines
It may not be right for you to have and hold in one way forever,
And yet you still have Time, you still have Time.
375.19 Perpetual Change Yes Kazza3
And for the loopists, maybe this: Perpetual Change - Yes
377.18 The Tide is High Blondie StratPlayer
The tide keeps rising (albeit MUCH more slowly), and the original uber-eroded castle tower keeps hanging on, defying logic and pixel-gravity...

So of course, this is the Time for another song reference, just to add more work for our mixoligist! I'm picturing Megan singing to herself:

"The tide is high but I'm holding on
I'm gonna be your number one
I'm not the kind of girl who gives up just like that
Oh, no"
380-ish Time A Brand manvandmaan
One for the XKCD list (via PM)
383.06 Haven't Met You Yet Michael Bublé BlitzGirl
I miss you all too, even though I haven't even met you properly yet! Here's another song for you:

Haven't Met You Yet
(to the tune of the song by the same title, from Michael Bublé)

I'm not surprised I'm stuck in the past
I'm turning newpages so quickly
I stopped keeping track[...]
391.16 Grain of Sand Monty Harper Angelastic
Another relevant song just came up on my iPod: Grain of Sand by Monty Harper

I am a small grain of sand
I am a piece of the land
A crystal of quartz; A Time-piece of sorts
Absorbing the energy at hand
A patient and ancient grain
of sand
394.16 Comatose Ayreon Flado
Ayreon, 01011001, #2 (or 3) Comatose
396.27 Ding-A-Dong Teach In manvandmaan
When you're feeling all right. Everything is up tight. Try to sing a song that goes Ding-Ding-DONG

from Ding-a-dong by Teach in

Glad I was the first! That song has been stuck in my head ever since the whole '...ONG' thing begun!
399.20 Ozymandias Chris Proctor Dracomax
It's symbolic of the inevitability of time, and how sad it is that even our greatest works must fall. Reminds me of this:

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desart. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

~Percy Bysshe Shelley

401.24 Comatose* Ayreon Flado
Caught up again - just in time for going comatose (Ayreon again) Keep the fort castles, y'all, you hear me!
401.25 Time and the Tide Tora Tora thirds
"Something is adding water to the sea"

So, it's actually just water. sad-trombone. Perhaps it's just polluted water, being fed by a local factory of some type. If the sea really is "big", then tidal forces are almost the only possible culprit for such a water level rise. But, given how clueless these two are, maybe they're misjudging the size of the sea.

Is this simply a weird play on the "Time and tide wait for no man" phrase?
402.01 River of Jordan Peter, Paul and Mary squonk
There is only one river.
There is only one sea.
And it flows through you.
And it flows through me.
403.11 Closer and Closer and Closer The Little Prince buffygirl
Maybe it's Asteroid B-612.
version by Gene Wilder and Steven Warner
403.17 O.P.P Naughty by Nature edo
OTC, how can I 'xplain it, I'll take it frame by frame it, to have you all jumping, shouting, saying it. O is for One, T is for True, Scratch your temple...
404.31 Honky Tonk Badonkadonk Trace Adkins Latent22
405.07 Time Is On My Side* Rolling Stones Eoink
Delurking briefly to say I'm thinking of getting a t-shirt made with my favourite frames of the OTC displayed in a column below my right armpit. On the front it will simply read "Time is on my side, yes it is".
405.22 Jesus Built My Hotrod Ministry KarMann
Added: 1Source: Jesus Built My Hotrod
408.09 Bang A Gong (Get It On) T. Rex StratPlayer
You got a hubcap diamond-star halo...
408.09 Get It On (Bang A Gong) Power Station StratPlayer
You got a hubcap diamond-star halo...
410.38 Come Together The Beatles Pfhorrest
Like "Ol' Flat Top" from the classic Beatles song "Come Together", Megan is so attractive that she's hard to see.
not available on Spotify; cover by The Beatles Tribute Project
411.03 All Hope Is Gone Slipknot azule
OH NOES!!! MEGAN'S GONE FOR REALS! ALL HOPE IS GONE! MEGANPOCALYPSE!! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Hope_Is_Gone
411.10 Say It Ain't So Weezer ChronosDragon

descor wrote: Oh please, say it ain't so!

♫ Your drug is a heartbreaker. ♫

(I can't hear that phrase without thinking of that anymore, not since I played Rock Band and heard this song far too many times...)
411.28 The Rigga Ding Dong Song Passion Fruit dreiarmumig
not available on Spotify; version by Leticia
413.14 Changes David Bowie AluisioASG
However, it must be noticed that Change is the nature of Time itself, as we could witness in these almost nine hundred frames. It's it's own nature to change, slowly but surely, while it draws its plans against us. And so as Time itself changes, so does my avatar.
413.27 Wait For You The Mountain Goats Goggalor
So I was listening through my collection of EPs by the Mountain Goats and found this gem of a song:

Wait for You

When it came time to wait for you
I took the bus to Malibu
Found a cafe by the ocean[...]
414.22 Spam Song Monty Python Flotter

lmjb1964 wrote: Could I have spam instead of the caffeinebabbiescancer?

Here you go
415.18 Paint It, Black Rolling Stones KarMann
I see a haiku
And I want to paint it grey,
In this waiting Time.
418.22 The End The Doors thirds
Randall is doing a fade-to-white. This is the end, my friend.
418.34 Time Fades Away Neil Young StratPlayer
Sigh...I hope not. I'd rather Time doesn't just End like this, with a painfully long fade away.... But -- as always -- it does at least prompt another musical reference:

"All day presidents
look out windows;
All night sentries
watch the moonglow;
All are waiting till
the Time is right.

Son, don't be home too late
Try to get back by eight
Son, don't wait

till the break of day
'Cause you know
how Time fades away.
Time fades away
You know how Time fades away."

not available on Spotify; cover by Hallo Venray
418.35 Gimme Shelter Rolling Stones Kieryn
Oh, a storm is threat'ning
Our very Time today.
If we don't get some shelter,
Oh yeah, it's gonna fade away...
418.37 Sandcastles in the Sand* Robin Sparkles (HIMYM) cari.j.elliot
Seriously, is no one else reminded strongly of Sandcastles in the Sand? Robin Sparkles? Anyone?
418.39 Fade to Grey Visage speising
ok, i have to chime in:

One man on a lonely platform
One case sitting by his side
Two eyes staring cold and silent
Show fear as he turns to hide

Aaah, we fade to grey (fade to grey)
Aaah, we fade to grey (fade to grey)
419.07 Wind's in the East Mary Poppins airdrik
Winds in the east, mist coming in.
Like somethin' is brewin' and bout to begin.
Can't put me finger on what lies in store,
But I fear what's to happen all happened before
version by The Broadway Musical Company
419.04 The Forgotten Island (King Kong soundtrack) Max Steiner StratPlayer
420.12 White Tide Broken Logik Eliram
Something should stop the white-tide!
422.09 The Wrath of Khan - End Titles James Horner chem1190c

vvn wrote: What if Time ends, and then in some number of new pix a comic appears titled "Time 2". Adventure continues....

That's just silly, all the good sequels use roman numerals..

"Time II: The Wrath of Time"
422.14 Time and the Tide Joe Strummer, The Mescaleros AluisioASG
Time (and tide?) waits for no one (or something like that).
420.16 White Tide Broken Logik Eliram
Something should stop the white-tide!
423.21 The Edge of Night (Pippin's Song) Howard Shore tastony
I am reminded of "Pippin's Song" from LOTR, which seems to fit the mood here now (with a few tweaks):

Beach is behind, the sea ahead
There are many posts to this thread
Through newpics, to the end of Time
Until the haikus cease to rhyme

Beach and castle
All they've made
All shall Fade
All shall fade
426.35 Neverending Story Limahl Angelastic
And now, a prediction/dramatisation, possibly an actual spoiler if anyone hasn't seen The Neverending Story. [...]
430.32 Pair O' Docs (Back to the Future soundtrack) Alan Silvestri StratPlayer

jjjdavidson wrote: "A Paradox May Be Paradoctored..." <snip>

"...by a pair of docs." (with apologies to one of my most favorite authors)
432.01 Here Comes The Flood Peter Gabriel tman2nd
Not sure if it's been mentioned before, but this song is fitting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ww9JS8dJ9fY
not available on Spotify
432.11 Closing Time Semisonic CatHectic
A few newer additions that have seemed very fitting for the (possible) End of Time:
432.11 Still Doin' Time George Jones CatHectic
432.11 Time and Time Again Counting Crows CatHectic
432.11 Time Is Running Out Muse CatHectic
432.21 It's The End of The World As We Know It REM squonk
It's the end of the world as we know it. And I feel fine...
432.24 War Requiem: x. Dies Irae - Confutatis maledictis Benjamin Britten lmjb1964
I've been rehearsing Britten's War Requiem all week, the mood of which fits pretty well with the mood on this thread lately. I'm playing timpani, and I have a lot of tuning changes in the piece. When this happens, I write a note at the top of the page showing which drum is tuned to whcih note, so I can keep track. At rehearsal last night, I realized I miss one, and started writing the pitches at the top of the page--F, A, D and E. Then I realized I had written FADE. It's like I'm being haunted by Time. It kinda freaked me out.
individual movement choice will defer to lmjb1964!
433.01 The Sound of Silence (Live 2011) Simon & Garfunkel higgs-boson
I have no mixed feelings. In fact, my feelings are unusally clear, but, as usual, I'm not the kind of guy who's good at telling about feelings. At the moment, this resembles pretty much of it.

I will wait for Time to end or our dear Blitzgirl to arrive in the needle-pulled-thing present, whatever will happen last.

But this is my good-bye, anyway. It will have been a good Time. Thank you, Randall. And thank you, all.
The 2011 version is not available on Spotify; I've substituted the 1967 live version instead.
433.06 The End* The Doors cellocgw
You left out The Doors "The End"
And The Chambers Brothers "Time Has Come Today"

-- thus once again revealing my age. Did I mention I hit college before the first Bowmar Brain came out?
433.06 Time Has Come Today* The Chambers Brothers cellocgw
You left out The Doors "The End"
And The Chambers Brothers "Time Has Come Today"
433.08 Losing Time/Grand Finale Dream Theater Lyoug
The main reason for my de-lurking is that while I was reading CatHectic's asking for suggestions, I remembered this song from Dream Theater called "Losing Time", and after reading its lyrics I couldn't help but post it here:

Losing Time
Absence of awareness losing time

A lapse of perception losing time
433.14 It's The End of The World As We Know It* REM mittfh
A track that hasn't ended up on the Spotify list yet: REM's "It's the end of the world as we know it (I feel fine)"
433.14 Doctorin' the Tardis The Timelords mittfh
Then to represent The Book of Aubron (which of course allows you to travel backwards in time as well as forwards), you've got to have at least one version of the Doctor Who Theme - maybe even a completely bonkers mash-up deliberately designed to achieve Number 1 (it worked) - Doctorin' The Tardis.
433.14 What'll I Do Johnny Mathis mittfh
For when it's all over, What'll I do, when you, are far, away, and I, am blue, what'll I do?
433.14 What'll I Do Chet Baker mittfh
For when it's all over, What'll I do, when you, are far, away, and I, am blue, what'll I do?
433.14 Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò) Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman mittfh
Alternatively, Time to say Goodbye (made famous by Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli).
433.14 Castle on a Cloud Les Misérables mittfh
Meanwhile, we've several versions of Castles in the Sand, but how about a Castle in a Cloud (Les Mis)?
433.18 Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye Simply Red mscha
This one on the list yet?

Why Randall above us, who must be in the know.

Thinks so little of us, he allows you to go.
433.18 Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye Ella Fitzgerald mscha
This one on the list yet?

Why Randall above us, who must be in the know.

Thinks so little of us, he allows you to go.
433.31 The Mists of Time John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers Hertzog
Have I overlooked it, or has no mentioned that we may be seeing "the mists of Time"?
433.39 Once In a Lifetime Talking Heads Clix
One for the Spotified Play List. If it has been mentioned, my search skills need improving. I was reviewing the book of Aubronwood before I coma'ed last night. Talking Heads "Once In A Lifetime" was on loop in my head.

Water dissolving and water removing
There is water at the bottom of the ocean
Remove the water, carry the water
Remove the water from the bottom of the ocean
Time isn't holding us, time isn't after us
Time isn't holding us, time doesn't hold you back
Time isn't holding us, time isn't after us
Time isn't holding us...
435.28 Time Wintersun yappobiscuits
Long time lurker and follower of the OTC since the beginning... registered and broke my lurking streak purely because I felt it would be wrong given the current events of Time (and the fact a playlist is being put together) for someone not to link to the magnificent song "Time" by Finnish metal legends Wintersun. However as a newbie I can't post links, but I strongly suggest you look it up...

When time fades away
And I'll never be the same...

Wintersun clearly prophecised the One True Comic...
435.28 When Time Fades Away Wintersun yappobiscuits
436.05 Question The Moody Blues jjjdavidson
A song that's kept coming to my mind every time one or both of them left the beach, but that I never brought up because it doesn't really mention Time, is seeming more appropriate now with the fade to gray (and all the speculation about dreaming):

Between the silence of the mountains,
And the crashing of the sea,
There lies a land I once lived in,
And she's waiting there for me,
But in the grey of the morning,
My mind becomes confused,
Between the dead and the sleeping,
And the road that I must choose.

Moody Blues, "Question"

I'm amazed how many people around here know the Moody Blues; this is what, the fourth or fifth song of theirs mentioned?
436.21 Deep Purple Nino Tempo & April Stevens htom
This grey sometimes has a purple tint (not actually there, an effect from other images on my screen) but it made me think of Nino Tempo and April Stevens, "Deep Purple". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1MWOdRUrb8 [Written in 1934 as a piano composition - lyrics added in 1939]

When the deep purple falls over sleepy garden walls
And the stars begin to twinkle in the night
In the mist of a memory you wander on back to me
Breathing my name with a sigh...
436.24 On an Unknown Beach Amanda Palmer katakombe
since we are talking fitting music, how about

On an Unknown Beach

no mention of sandcastles but the video still fits i think
437.02 Nowadays Kander and Ebb fhorn
"Nowadays," from Chicago (Kander and Ebb)

But nothing stays
In fifty years or so
It's gonna change, you know
But, oh, it's heaven
version by John Kander, Gwen Verdon
437.08 Towers Bon Iver Goggalor
Another suggestion for the soundtrack of Time. Towers by Bon Iver. It might be a bit of a stretch, but it's a beautiful song and it's about equating love with an object (such as a tower), but at the end of the day everything will fall apart and you have to move on.
437.28 Old Friends Simon & Garfunkel pelrigg
Perhaps I could mention a song to go with the "Fade-out"???? (It goes with my OF** status) --- Simon & Garfunkel: "Old Friends" ---

...Can you imagine us
years from today,

sharing a park bench quietly?
437.28 Bookends Theme Simon & Garfunkel pelrigg
Actually, thinking about it, after rummaging through the lyrics, pretty much the whole "Bookends" album (okay: disc) fits in with the Time motif: "Bookends Theme"; "Overs"; "Fakin' It"; "A Hazy Shade Of Winter" (excuse please there's something in my eye and I need to put something on the jukebox)
437.28 Overs Simon & Garfunkel pelrigg
437.28 Fakin' It Simon & Garfunkel pelrigg
437.28 A Hazy Shade Of Winter* Simon & Garfunkel pelrigg
444.39 Fade to White Blaqk Audio Red Hal
Deny that you ever knew
I’m not gonna give the end away, no
We cannot escape the sunrise
445.26 Half Remembered Dream (Inception soundtrack) Hans Zimmer AluisioASG
not available on Spotify
446.38 Rainbow Connection The Muppets rvloon

Sciscitor wrote: Welcome Blitzgirl! Thanks to you all folks, the Readers, the Milliners, the Graphers, the Poets, the Lurkers, the Musicians, the Geologists, the Historians, the Linguists, the Imagicians, the Clergy, the Knights, the Archivists and the Whatnot (I hope I did not forget anyone), it's been a blast.

You are definitely more eloquent than I was in my previous post. On the other hand, it does sound like the long lost verse of Kermit the Frog's Rainbow connection:

One day we'll find IT
That OTC connection
The Readers, the Milliners, the Graphers,
the Poets, the Lurkers, the Musicians,
the Geologists, the Historians, the Linguists,
the Imagicians, the Clergy, the Knights,
the Archivists and the Whatnot and me
All of us under IT's spell you know that IT is probably magic

Cheers, Ronald
447.29 Are We There Yet? Trout Fishing in America jjjdavidson
A few more song suggestions while we Wait, in case no one's mentioned them:

"Not Fade Away" - Buddy Holly (already mentioned, I think)
"Are We There Yet?" - Trout Fishing in America
"Shades of Gray" - Billy Joel
447.29 Happy That You're Here Trout Fishing in America jjjdavidson
and for Blitzgirl:

We love it that you love it that you're here.
Love it, love it, love it, love it that you love it to be here.
If you love to be here, say I love it! (Lyle Lovett)
I don't believe you, that sounded insincere.
It could be worse, you know, you could have a fever.
It could be much worse, you could throw up.
Or even worse than that, you could throw up in your hat.
You might as well love it that you're here.

"Happy That You're Here" - Trout Fishing in America
447.29 Not Fade Away Buddy Holly jjjdavidson
447.29 Shades of Grey Billy Joel jjjdavidson
447.33 White Christmas Bing Crosby BlitzGirl
White Newpix
(to the tune of White Christmas)

I'm staring at a white Newpix
Not like the ones I used to know
Made my sad eyes glisten
And Waiters listen
To hear the DONG and watch the show

I'm staring at a white Newpix
With every PresentPost I write
May your thoughts stay merry and bright

And may Time

Fade back once more from white
447.34 Rainbow Connection Weezer, Hayley Williams jjjdavidson

rvloon wrote: ...it does sound like the long lost verse of Kermit the Frog's Rainbow connection...

And that reminded me of my favorite lyric from the movie, which seems oddly appropriate to this thread:
There's not a word yet
For old friends who've just met...
448.03 Overs* Simon & Garfunkel pelrigg
Still thinking Simon & Garfunkle : Old Friends in the music dept.

Also: Overs

I'll Still wait....
448.03 Overs* Simon & Garfunkel pelrigg
Still thinking Simon & Garfunkle : Old Friends in the music dept.

Also: Overs

I'll Still wait....
448.18 As I Am Dream Theater yappobiscuits
And thanks from me too! Also *high fives for Dream Theater*

And if we're doing Losing Time/Grand Finale, best to do it properly... *clears throat*

(A Major) A journey to find... *Cueball and Megan decide to leave on their quest*
(B Major) The answers inside...
(C Major) Our Eluuuu...
(D Major) ...siiiiveee... *Megan's final "bye"*
  • tom roll* *tom roll* *tom roll*
  • GONG*

  • E major chord gradually fades, accompanied by the final few newpix fading simultaneously, and so the great One True Comic comes to a close.*

And in the event this ISN'T the end...

  • E major chord fades back in with As I Am*
448.33 Back in the USSR ("Back in the OTC/T")* The Beatles jjjdavidson
Some tracks from the "White Era":

"Back in the OTC/T"
"#0b1aD1, #0b1aDa"
"While My Eyestrain Gently Weeps"
"Happiness is a Warm Monitor"
"I'm So NoComa"
"Why Don't We Do It on the Beach?"
448.33 Blackbird ("Whitebird")* The Beatles jjjdavidson
448.33 Happiness Is a Warm Gun ("Happiness is a Warm Monitor")* The Beatles jjjdavidson
448.33 I'm So Tired ("I'm So NoComa")* The Beatles jjjdavidson
448.33 Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da ("#0b1aD1, #0b1aDa")* The Beatles jjjdavidson
448.33 Piggies ("Pigxels")* The Beatles jjjdavidson
448.33 While My Guitar Gently Weeps ("While My Eyestrain Gently Weeps")* The Beatles jjjdavidson
448.33 Why Don't We Do It in the Road? ("Why Don't We Do It on the Beach?")* The Beatles jjjdavidson
448.39 The End* The Doors truslack
A song for those saying it's the end. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoBFhdeR9PE (I do not believe you, it cannot be!)
449.20 White Wedding Billy Idol BlitzGirl
White TimeFrame
(to the tune of White Wedding)

Hey little French girl, what have you done?
Hey little French girl, you're the only one!
Hey little French girl, be our Superman!
Hey little French girl, make Time what you want.
Hey little French girl, build on! [...]
450.18 A Whiter Shade of Pale Procul Harum Sciscitor
Maybe we already got it: Procul Harum, A Whiter Shade of Pale
450.28 The Longest Time Billy Joel fhorn
I know it's been quoted previously but I can't stop hearing Billy Joel:

I don't care what consequence it brings
I have been a fool for lesser things
451.07 Black and White Three Dog Night StratPlayer
And so it must relate to a song. How 'bout a paraphrase of Black and White (for you olde pharts):

"The sea is black,
The sky is white;
Together we Wait
to see the light.

A pixel's black,
A pixel's white;
Together they form
a beautiful sight...
A beautiful sight."
451.11 Black or White Michael Jackson mscha
BlitzGirl wrote: I may indeed have to do a black-and-white song, though the choices are limited. Hmm...Michael Jackson's “Black or White” ... from the album “This is It”?
452.14 Black and White The dB's bnlband44
Long time lurker on this thread. First comment. I hadn't been following every newpix but checked in periodically and happened to catch the last frame before fade-out. Now I am hooked again.

Had to throw another Black and White song in the mix.
The dBs - Black and White
452.16 Where Are We Going? Marvin Gaye StratPlayer
So Megan and Cueball are out walking... Where to? Coming from the beach, or going to it?

So Where Are We Going?
"Tell me, where are we going?
Oh, what's the future showin'?
Oh, where are we headed?
With all that's goin' on where are we gettin'? [...]
452.28 Both Sides Now Joni Mitchell BlitzGirl
Both Sides, Now
(with utmost respect for Joni Mitchell)

Poles in holes set everywhere
Lift tall Sandcastles in the air
And Megan shaking off her hair
I've looked at Time that way
But now away the Duo runs
Leaving us puzzled, every one
So much construction left undone
And yet they didn't stay [...]
452.33 Ingenue Atoms For Peace Valarya
And I've been thinking of this song for many many NewPages now.

(with total admiration for Thom Yorke)

You know like the back of your hand
Who let me in
You got me into this fora so
I never want out. [...]
453.38 The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) Simon & Garfunkel htom
Song requests --
Simon & Garfunkle, 59th Street Bridge (Feelin' Groovy) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJhQ3bEr8J8
Amboy Dukes, Journey to the Center of the Mind. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN2VNFpiGWo
453.38 Journey to the Center of the Mind Amboy Dukes htom
454.30 Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) Sly & the Family Stone StratPlayer
As always, well-said BlitzGirl! And Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)!!!!
454.37 Ice Ice Baby Vanilla Ice StratPlayer
Well, I won't provide that... um, other thing.. but how about some Ice-Babby? And I deeeeeeply apologize for this...
454.40 Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby) Jedward descor
At least it wasn't this version:
For all UK (& Eire, I guess) readers, all I need to say so you do not click that link is: Jedward.

For anyone else, click if you dare ...
not available on Spotify
455.07 Ice Ice Baby* Vanilla Ice BlitzGirl
Out of terrible, terrible curiosity, I googled the lyrics. And this section, wow, this section:

Vanilla Ice wrote:

Now that the party is jumping
With the bass kicked in, the Vegas are pumpin'
Quick to the point, to the point no faking
I'm cooking MC's like a pound of bacon
Burning them if they're not quick and nimble
I go crazy when I hear a cymbal

And a hi hat with a souped up tempo

Is Vanilla Ice a Time traveller, too? Icon eek
455.22 For Whom the Bell Tolls Metallica SPACKlick
Make castles on the hill in the early day
Constant chill deep inside
Planting flag, on they run through the endless gray
On they fight, for they are right, yes, but who's to say?
For a hill, men would kill. Why? They do not know
LaPetite tests their pride
Men of five, still alive after fading glow
Gone insane from the pain that they surely know

For whom NewPix toll
Time marches ong…

Been waiting ages to use this one.
456.15 Helter Skelter The Beatles lmjb1964

jjjdavidson wrote: Some tracks from the "White Era"...

This is too funny. And, that explains all the "off-topic" posts. People have been posting Helter-Skelter.
not available on Spotify; cover by Dana Fuchs on Across the Universe soundtrack
456.17 Walk This Way Aerosmith cmyk


456.20 Back Where We Belong Josh Krajcik jjjdavidson
456.32 Black and White* Three Dog Night lmjb1964
(To the tune of Black and White by Three Dog Night.) In the third line, I have an extra couple of syllables. It bugs me, but not enough to change it.

The ground is black.
The sky is white
And Megan and Cueball walk from left to right.

I'm glad there's black
along with white
To have it all fade just wasn't right
It just wasn't right.

And now at least, we plainly see

That Time goes on for you and me
You and Me

(repeat ad infinitum)

Edited to say that of course about two posts later I saw StratPlayer's fine version. Well, they can be different verses of the same song, right?
457.02 I'm Walking Ricky Nelson dgbrt
I can not resist to show you this advertisement from 1991: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5gFuX8HHJQ
457.16 Your Song Elton John SPACKlick
It's a little bit funny this hill that we climb
It’s not one of those with sand that slides
I don't have much knowledge but boy if I did
I'd build sandcastles where we both could live
If I was a waiter, but then again, no
Or a girl who makes trebuchets and watches them throw
I know it's not much but it's the best I can do
My gift is my ONG and this ONGs for you
461.22 Good Times Chic CatHectic
Finally, I have one song to contribute to the long-drawn-out (how could it be anything else, here?) party atmosphere: how have we possibly missed Good Times by Chic?

No, I lied, I've got a few more:

461.22 Breakaway Big Pig CatHectic
not available on Spotify
461.22 Golden Years David Bowie CatHectic
461.22 Right Here Waiting* Richard Marx CatHectic
...just want to echo the mob on this: buffygirl, don't worry! Wherever you go, whatever you do, we will be right here Waiting for you.
461.22 The Time of My Life Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes CatHectic
461.22 The Time (Dirty Bit) The Black Eyed Peas CatHectic
remix of the Medley/Warnes "The Time of My Life"
461.22 Wait For It Annabelle Chvostek CatHectic
464.01 Walk Like an Egyptian The Bangles StratPlayer
And yes, it's yet another Time song tribute...

"Walk Through The Encryption"
(To the Tune of "Walk Like an Egyptian" by the Bangles)

All the old comics on the web
they weren't hashed, don't you know;
But now with Time (oh whey oh),

there's so much more than just "1" and "0."
464.04 Back in Black AC/DC StratPlayer
I just thought of what would have been the perfect song to commemorate the moment when the OTC re-emerged from the Fading:

"Back in Black"
(and, of course, sung to the tune of "Back in Black" by AC/DC)

Back in black,
and it's a fact!
It's been too long, and I'm glad it's back!
M & C are loose,
and the background's been reduced;
Maybe the castle's under semencoffeejuice?
464.14 We Love XKCD Olga Nunes (and friends) BlitzGirl
Ready to see what I spent my morning doing? Here you go! It's a Present Present from me to you!

We Love the Thread of Time comic

Edit: Oh yeah, the original:

not available on Spotify
481.34 Echoes Pink Floyd Exodies
And: the Comic doesn't show a loop, it's an echo. Which is why I asked about the first note of Pink Floyd's song Echoes from the Meddle album some umpteen pages back.
481.34 Nightfall The Incredible String Band Exodies
O sleep, o come to me you who are night's daughter
And I'll give you my eyes for the colors that rise
As time's echoes reflect on your water
481.40 Itchy Feet Horrorshow Quicksilver
He woke up, didn't really know how he got there
Wasn't too sure why neither
A believer of sorts
Just not too sure what sort of belief to believe in [...]
496.24 Lake Shore Driving Duran Duran CatHectic
(and I'll throw in the instrumental Lake Shore Driving by (post-teenybop) Duran Duran, cos I can.)
500.03 Somebody That I Used to Know Gotye StratPlayer
And yet... I sometimes wonder if there aren't some ex-TimeWaiters who think like this:

Just a Forum Where I Used to Post
(based on "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye)

Now and then I think of when Time was forever

Back when I said the Wait for It would never die
501.37 Truckin' Grateful Dead CatHectic
Woohoo! 500 pages..... who knew, back at the dawn of Time, how far this would take us? What a long strange trip it's been....
501.21 Shannon Henry Gross Rule110
Boomerangundildo is gone. I hope it's drifting out to sea.
It always loved to swim away.
Maybe it'll find an island with a shady tree.
Just like the one in our backyard.

Prediction: Cueball keeps on slippin' slippin' slippin' into the river.
501.21 Fly Like an Eagle* Steve Miller Band Rule110
Prediction: Cueball keeps on slippin' slippin' slippin' into the river.
509.24 Margaritaville Jimmy Buffett StratPlayer

"Waitin' away again in our mad Randallville; Searchin' for my last rational thought. Some people claim that there's the ALT-TEXT* to blame; But I know, it's my own damn fault."

  • Wait For It
- A Tear in the Fabric of Time Skeleton Trees CatHectic
- Beside You In Time Nine Inch Nails CatHectic
- Better in Time Nine Inch Nails Leona Lewis
- Big Time Peter Gabriel CatHectic
not available on Spotify
- Black and White Barnum CatHectic
version by Glenn Close, Jim Dale, Terri White
- Comes a Time Neil Young CatHectic
- Every Grain of Sand Bob Dylan CatHectic
- Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) Green Day CatHectic
- In My Own Time Electric Light Orchestra CatHectic
- I'll Wait For You Gerry & The Pacemakers CatHectic
- It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Andy Williams CatHectic
- Journey Through the Past Neil Young CatHectic
- Just Wait Janice Hill CatHectic
- Long Time Traveller The Wailin' Jennys CatHectic
- Lost in Time Whitley CatHectic
- My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue) Neil Young CatHectic
"better to burn out than to fade away..."
- No Time This Time The Police CatHectic
- Out of Time Sam Phillips CatHectic
- Right On Time Skrillex CatHectic
- Sand (Apophenia) Ottmar Liebert, Luna Negra CatHectic
- Scarborough Fair traditional CatHectic
- Somewhere In Time John Barry CatHectic
- Take Five Dave Brubeck CatHectic
- The Mustard Buffy the Vampire Slayer CatHectic
- Time After Time Cyndi Lauper CatHectic
- Time and Space The Cinematic Orchestra CatHectic
- Time Bomb Rancid CatHectic
- Time Is Love Josh Turner CatHectic
- Time of the Season The Zombies CatHectic
- Timebomb Beck CatHectic
not available on Spotify
- Too Much Time on my Hands Styx CatHectic
- Walking Blues Big Mama Thornton CatHectic
- We Close Our Eyes Go West CatHectic
Inside everyone hides one desire

Outside no one would know
Danger, close as the edge of the knife
Safer not to let go
And while we miss chances
You can almost hear time slipping away

We close our eyes we never lose a game
Imagination never lets us take the blame
We close our eyes to see the final frame
We close our eyes to time slipping away

- When My Time Comes Dawes CatHectic
Suggestions not yet attributed on this page
(things I added to Playlist while reading, but now can't find by searching the thread; claim if you like, or I will find eventually)
? All The Time The Strokes ?
? All Time Low The Wanted ?
? It's Only Life The Shins ?
? My Way Frank Sinatra ?
? Oh Life (There Must Be More) Alan Parsons ?
? One More Time Daft Punk ?
? Shellshock New Order ?
? The Setting Sun Switchfoot ?
? Time A Brand ?
? Waiting For The End Linkin Park ?
? What Shall We Do Now? Pink Floyd ?



But often one hears nothing when one listens for the first time to a piece of music that is at all complicated. And yet when, later on, this sonata had been played to me two or three times I found that I knew it perfectly well. And so it is not wrong to speak of hearing a thing for the first time. If one had indeed, as one supposes, received no impression from the first hearing, the second, the third would be equally “first hearings” and there would be no reason why one should understand it any better after the tenth. Probably what is wanting, the first time, is not comprehension, but memory. For our memory, relatively to the complexity of the impressions which it has to face while we are listening, is infinitesimal, as brief as the memory of a man who in his sleep thinks of a thousand things and at once forgets them, or as that of a man in his second childhood who cannot recall a minute afterwards what one has just said to him. -- Proust, In Search of Lost Time (volume II, Within a Budding Grove)