This song about the mystery of time revolves around a pun between the usual meaning of 'timeless' as being eternal and 'timeless' as being out of time.
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1997 by Alan Marscher
March 19, 2008
Story behind the song
The song is about the mystery of time both as a feature of the universe and as the relentless march of a person from young to old. It includes a nod to Stephen Hawking who, with James Hartle, has proposed that the dimension of time was once like a space dimension.
1. Classic rock and punk from the '80s
Alternative - it's all really the same
Cool songs to play in each decade
I like rock 'n' roll by any name . . . for it is timeless
2. Hawking says that time was once more space-like
How then did the universe begin?
Expanding away for eternity
If there's no start then there can be no end . . . for it is timeless
My hair's going gray, old friends pass away
And I don't long for the future any longer
I see men in their prime grow old before their time,
Yet I see myself grow stronger...for I am timeless
3. All the young have such uncertain futures
At my age most paths are fully worn
Time races on, so much to be done
And I can't recall the day I was born . . . for I am timeless
4. Every year the students look younger
Yet in some ways they always seem the same
The candles on my cake just multiply
It won't be long till the end of the game. . . then I'll be timeless
. . . We all are timeless . . .