About the song

John Denver’s It’s About Time. Now that’s a song that brings back a wave of nostalgia, a gentle current carrying us back to a time of folk-infused rock and heartfelt messages. Released in 1983 on Denver’s 17th studio album of the same name, It’s About Time stands out not just for its catchy melody and folksy charm, but also for its poignant lyrics that touch on themes of global unity, environmental consciousness, and the yearning for a better world.

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John Denver, a name synonymous with American folk music, was a true troubadour. His songs, often imbued with a sense of wanderlust and connection to nature, resonated deeply with audiences. It’s About Time is a prime example of this. Denver, ever the advocate for peace and social justice, uses the song as a platform to urge for a collective awakening.

The opening lines paint a vivid picture – a full moon hangs heavy in the sky, a symbol of change or perhaps introspection. We’re introduced to Gandhi, a champion of non-violent resistance, living again, a reminder of the power of peaceful solutions.

The lyrics then pose a thought-provoking question: “In the eyes of all the people, our love is much the same / For the first is just the last one when you play a deadly game.” This line cuts deep, urging us to see beyond differences and recognize the shared humanity that binds us all.

The urgency of the message intensifies with the powerful refrain: “It’s About Time”. Denver repeats this phrase throughout the song, hammering home the need for immediate action. He speaks of the need to “realize…we’re all in this together,” a sentiment that holds particular weight today in a world grappling with global challenges.

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The song doesn’t shy away from environmental concerns either. Lines like “It’s about time we start to see the earth is our only home” resonate with a growing awareness of climate change and the fragility of our planet. Denver, ever the advocate for environmental protection, reminds us that we cannot take the Earth’s bounty for granted.

It’s About Time transcends a mere call to action. It’s also a song about hope and the enduring power of human connection. Denver speaks of a “voice cries in the wilderness,” a symbol of faith and a guiding light. He talks about a brother, unseen but connected by shared experiences and vulnerabilities. This sense of shared humanity underscores the possibility of a better future, a future we can build together.

It’s About Time is more than just a song from the 80s. It’s a timeless plea for unity, environmental responsibility, and a more peaceful world. John Denver’s gentle yet powerful message continues to resonate today, reminding us that it’s never too late to come together and create the change we want to see.

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Lyrics

There’s a full moon over India and Gandhi lives again.
Who’s to say you have to lose for someone else to win?
In the eyes of all the people, the look is much the same,
For the first is just the last one when you play a deadly game.

It’s about time we realize it, we’re all in this together.
It’s about time we find out, it’s all of us or none.
It’s about time we recognize it, these changes in the weather.
It’s about time, it’s about changes and it’s about time.

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There’s a light in the Vatican window for all the world to see
And a voice cries in the wilderness and sometimes he speaks for me.
I suppose I love him most of all when he kneels to kiss the land,
With his lips upon our mother’s breast, he makes his strongest stand.

It’s about time we start to see it, the earth is our only home.
It’s about time we start to face it, we can’t make it here all alone.
It’s about time we start to listen to the voices in the wind,
It’s about time, it’s about changes and it’s about time.

There’s a man who is my brother, I just don’t know his name.
But I know his home and family because I know we feel the same.
And it hurts me when he’s hungry and when his children cry.
I too am a father, and that little one is mine.

It’s about time we begin it, to turn the world around.
It’s about time we start to make it, the dream we’ve always known.
It’s about time we start to live it, the family of man.
It’s about time, it’s about changes and it’s about time.

It’s about peace and it’s about plenty and it’s about time,
It’s about you and me together and it’s about time.