Time Traveller

from by Phil Mills

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This song came from thinking about how we all travel in time, sometimes by remembering and sometimes just by living day to day.


I remember nineteen sixty-eight...like it was yesterday.
Sadly, each time I return from there a bit more fades away.
I hate that feeling that I've seen it all before;
There's something hopeless about knowing what's in store.

I didn't ask to be a time traveller, with
Wind and sands along time's road swirling me around.
I don't want to be a time traveller.
Can't I pause and live this life that I have found?

I've hitchhiked history. Time's wheels will pick up any stranger.
While others danced upon a breeze or bobbed on tides as sailors.
I've built a slide show like a tourist of the years;
Postcards from the past are mixed with damaged souvenirs.


No matter how tightly I hold on
Something comes along
And takes me spinning to another year.
I never planned on being here.

Twenty-ten's not a real date, but a far-off placeholder.
We weren't meant to roam so far, to feel this much older.
Though future's freeway speeds you here, you'll find I've gone
Searching the back roads for a time where I belong.


Can't I pause and live this life that I have found?


from Mix Until Absurd, released July 1, 2014
Phil Mills – lead vocal, acoustic guitar
Tom Jeffers – cittern, 12-string guitar
Karen Linsley – backing vocal


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Phil Mills Toronto, Ontario

Phil Mills writes songs of science fiction and fantasy fandom: filk.

He released the CD "Rain on the Sand" in 2009, containing all original material, mixing funny and serious treatments. That approach has continued, as does his writing.

He has become an avid promoter of the FAWM and 50/90 online song-writing communities, using those as inspiration sources for yet more songs.
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