Good Timin': Searching for Meaning in Clock Songs

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Abstract:

Songs featuring clock-related images in titles and lyrics are common. Ironically, the precision of time - in seconds, minutes, and hours - is often blurred to illustrate emotional distress, romantic bliss, or other dimensions of stress or exhilaration. This brief essay and extensive discography provide an overview of popular recordings that explore flexible formats of time as metaphors depicting life situations. More than 300 songs from the past century are listed.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03007760500453085

Publication date: February 1, 2007

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