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Time After Time

Lyrics and Music ©2015 by Bill Roper


"Time After Time" was the topic for this year's OVFF songwriting contest. I had the over/under on the number of entries containing that phrase in their title at 3.5; we hit the under at 3.

But I like the song. As I once said in a SpaceTime Theater bit, "Do you have any idea how much paperwork it takes to requisition a comet?"

(Chorus)
   Am
If you can do it,
G
I can undo it.
F           E7
Iím on your trail.
   Am
If you can change it,
G
Iíll rearrange it.
F               E7
Youíre bound to fail
           Am    Em7   Am Em7
Time after time.


Am         G            D     F
Iíve got a job to do, I do it well.
Am            G             D           F
You race from time to time, out raising hell.
Am           G                F              E7
Every ripple that you make, I need to cancel out
   F                                 E7
To keep the future safe when all you vandals are about.
           Am    Em7   Am Em7
Time after time.


Some of you are crazy, and some of you are blind.
And if you want your grandpa dead, I really wouldnít mind.
But each new instability leads closer to the end
And so Iíll save his life from you, again, and again, and again.


(Bridge)
    F                                 Am
And some of you will tell me that you seek a greater good,
     F                            Am
That baby Hitler ought to die the way that Hitlers should.
    G                                  F
But in that mutant future, thereíll be no one left to mourn
  G                               E7
A half a trillion people who will never have been born.
           Am    Em7   Am   Em7
Time after time.


No changes are permitted anywhere along the line.
From Big Bang to Eternity, humanity is fine.
As time maintained immutable is time that mankind rules,
And so I keep the time stream safe from madmen, cranks, and fools.
Time after time.

(Chorus twice)
           Am    Em7
Time after time.
           Am    Em7   Am Em7 Am
Time after time.