Sunday, July 8, 2007

Time Keeps On Slippin' into the Future

Quick thought from the car: I was driving back from the lake, listening to our classic rock station, PYX106, and "Fly Like an Eagle" by Steve Miller Band came on. Normally I don't intensively listen to the lyrics, but I must be in a pensive mood.

The line reads, "Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin' into the future."

Wouldn't time be slipping into the past, since you're passing the time?

I asked my dad, and he says that he thinks the lyrics are right because if you think of a child, you look at him when he's older and think "where did the time go?" The time that passed was the future, once the present, now the past. The child's years slip into the future because they age; their years lost into the "future."

I see both ways, but which do you think is the most accurate?


Megan Bottle said...

I see both ways as well... if the song were in fact about a child...

Have you read or listened to the rest of the lyrics of the song? I think it's saying a whole lot more than "Wow my son grew up too fast."

I want to fly like an eagle
To the sea
Fly like an eagle
Let my spirit carry me
I want to fly like an eagle
Till Im free
Oh, lord, through the revolution

Feed the babies
Who dont have enough to eat
Shoe the children
With no shoes on their feet
House the people
Livin in the street
Oh, oh, theres a solution

From the last verse, I see the song more as a "call to action" as we know it in our geeky Literary terms.

Maybe the lyrics are saying that all of this bad stuff is happening but the powerful ones (the "Eagles") aren't doing anything about it... or... they say "I'm going to help out as soon as I get to it..." but sooner or later, it's too late, hence the "future."

Maybe that reading was a little bit assumptive... what do you think?

Jami said...

The last verse IS like a call to action. But my opinion that he seems so down about "his son growing up so fast" or time slipping away from him, yet he wants to fly like an eagle, fast into the future? If I was sad about time passing, I would want to soak in every minute of the present, not fly full speed into the future. It just seems all over the place, because then he's talking about "feeding the babies" who are hungry, but it does seem like a call to action. To me, it's kind of scattered, but there's always some greater meaning in something written, I feel. I won't call it garbage, as I am being extremely critical right now, but I do think it his lyrics confuse me more than inspire me.

I love your analysis though. I thought of you today, because I wanted to post a blog about why I want to be a teacher, because I had an interview at a graduate school, and I knew that you would have a HUGE post if I wrote it. Think I should?

Megan Bottle said...

Of course you should post about grad school!... I want to know all about it!!!

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colin-man yeates-clan said...

Seems to make a lot of sense to me that he's talking about Flying Like an Eagle cuz an eagle can see everything from above. He stated that there are solutions. But the time keeps slipping into the future because nobody's doing anything about it. I also see the slipping into the future is that the part about Flying Like an Eagle is where he would like to just bypass all of the difficult stuff that we're going through at those times and passed right into the future where the solutions have already been implemented and then he can fly to the Sea and enjoy the Sea Salt Air which cleanses everything. Just my opinion