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4 Country Songs that Creatively Tell a Story about Time Passing By

Updated on December 14, 2014
A Great Reminder
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4 Choice Country Songs that Speak About Time Marching On from the Perspective of Reflection, Love, Advice and Guidance

If you could write a letter to your younger self, what would you say? That sentiment is cheerfully expressed in the song, 'A Letter to Me' by Brad Paisley. Time marches on, and each day of growth changes us a little...hopefully we become wiser, kinder, and most of all have a bit of teacher in us to help guide those just coming up the ranks.

When we're young, it can be hard to listen to mom and dad, but often times, the stories and lessons they were trying to express to us, were right. Hindsight is twenty twenty...in a way that's a shame, and a bit frustrating. Those select few young ones who choose the easy road early on are rare birds.

by Barbara Tremblay Cipak - Country Music Reviewer

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Don't Blink by Kenny Chesney - The Most Powerful Song about Time Passing By

If you're looking for a song about time passing by, then this is one of the best songs ever. The lyrics get straight to the point about how time marches on...'don't blink, because just like that your 6 years old and you take a nap, and you wake up and your 25 and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife'. As the song says, ..next thing you know your better half of 50 years is there in bed, and you're praying God takes you instead...trust me friends, a 100 years goes faster than you think.

This song is a wonderful choice to use if you're creating a family video for a significant anniversary. I put one of these videos together for my mother and father's 50th Anniversary.

'So I've Been Trying to Slow it Down' - A sound message from Don't Blink

Don't Blink
Don't Blink

'Don't Blink' became Kenny Chesney's 13th number one single on the Billboard Hot Country Charts. The song was released in September 2007 as the second single on his album, Just Who I Am, Poets & Pirates.

The beauty of this song is the poignant way it tells the story of time, how one day we're little and the next day, we're 30, 50, and older. It's such a pretty song, and certainly for those of us who are a little older, it's message is powerful.

 

Listen to This Song that Puts Time in Perspective - Don't Blink, by Kenny Chesney

Letter to Me, by Brad Paisley - A Letter from Your Older Self to Your Younger Self

...I know at 17 it's hard to see past Friday night....

This song measures time through a Letter from a man's older self, assuring his younger self that these are nowhere near the best years of his life. The song is hopeful. Although the messages in the song are profound, the song itself is light and fun. For those younger, the song puts life in perspective and gives a measure of reassurance that things can work out well despite the current problems being experienced in youth. ...'you'll make it through this and you'll see, you're still around to write this letter to me'.

Older and wiser you reminds yourself in the song that each time you have a fight with dad, just assume you're wrong and dad is right...Something we usually only realize in our later years. When we're young, we really believe we do know it all, yet as we grow older, we know that of course, that was never the case. The cycle repeats as we see our children do and think how we did. It would be wonderful to have the mind and wisdom of our older self, with the looks, health and engery of our younger self!

Letter to Me, by Brad Paisley

I Know it's Tough...You're wonderin' if You'll Survive - A Letter to Your Younger Self - Beautiful Lyrics

Letter to Me
Letter to Me

Letter to me was released in October 2007 as the third single on his album 5th Gear. The song hit quick popularity and stayed at number 1 for four weeks in February 2008. He was inspired to write the song by his wife Kimberly-Williams Paisley who in 2007 was asked to write a letter for a book entitled, If I'd Known Then: Women in Their 20's and 30's Write Letters to Their Younger Selves. Apparently once Brad Paisley sat down to write the lyrics to this song, it took him about a week.

 

What Would You Tell Your Younger Self!

Roy H. Williams Canvas Quote
Roy H. Williams Canvas Quote

Brad Paisley's Wife Kimberly Williams Paisley Contributed to this Book about 'Talking to Your Younger Self'

If I'd Known Then: Women in Their 20s and 30s Write Letters to Their Younger Selves
If I'd Known Then: Women in Their 20s and 30s Write Letters to Their Younger Selves

Here's the book where you'll find Kimberly-Williams Paisley's letter to her younger self. I'm sure we all could add a letter to this book. Would your letter be more like a novel? I think mine would!

 

If you could go back what would you say to your younger self?

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26 Cents by The Wilikinsons - 18 Years Old, Leaving Home with A Mother's Love in Tow

...Here's a penny for your thoughts, a quarter for the call, and all of your momma's love....

Released in June 1998, this song can't be forgotten. For those who've left home to start their life without mom and dad, this song may resonate with you. You can feel how hard it is for this 18 year old to leave home. A symbolic 26 cents is given to her daughter, 25 cents for the call and a penny for her thoughts and all of her mother's love.

Time continues to march on, and 'it's been years since her momma's gone'. She holds that coin with beautiful memories of her mother's love. It becomes the constant symbol of reassurance that her mother would give anything to be there for her if she needed a soft place to land.

26 Cents, by The Wilkinsons

There's Nothing I've Got that I Wouldn't Give and Money is Never Enough, say the Lyrics in 26 Cents - ...And when she didn't have much she had all momma's love

26 (Cents Sign)
26 (Cents Sign)

The Wilkinsons are a Canadian Country Music Group. 26 Cents was written by Steve Wilkinson and William Wallace (no, not that William Wallace, lol). The song was released in June of 1998 and was the first single on their album 'Nothing but Love'. It made it to number 1 on the RPM Country Tracks and also found fame in the USA reaching number 3 on the U.S. Hot Country Billboard Chart.

 

A Song by Carrie Underwood about Lessons Learned

Has every step of your way been a Lesson Learned?, Listen to this Beautiful Song asking this Powerful Question: "You get the life you're given, some pages turned, some bridges burned, but there were lessons learned"

Through the Years...

Wall Words - Through the Years
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Through the Years, by Kenny Rogers - A song about being side-by-side for a Lifetime

...I've loved the life we've made, and I'm so glad I stayed right here with you through the years....

The ideal choice for a milestone wedding anniversary.

Through the years, tells the story of a couple who've managed to stay together through thick and thin...."I can't remember when you weren't there, when I didn't care for anyone but you". There's no doubt for me, when I hear this song, I think of my mom and dad, and it's a mixture of gratefulness and sadness, as dad passed in 2013 - the greatest loss of my life. Time passing by couldn't be better expressed than through the words of this classic song by Kenny Rogers.

It's no wonder the song has remained a top choice for decades, it encapsulates a relationship that has seen its share of obstacles, but still managed to stay together. Of course, not all relationships can stay together, but those who were able to enjoy 50 years or more as a team are honored in this timeless song.

I Swear We've Been Through Everything There Is...Words that Say it all in Song

Through The Years
Through The Years

Through the years has stood the test of time. It was released as the fourth single on Kenny Roger's album 'Share Your Love' in January of 1982. It remained in the top 40 for 11 weeks and also reached number 1 on the Adult Contemporary Chart. It also reached number 5 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles.

 

Through the Years by Kenny Rogers

Two Top Non-Country Songs about Time Passing By

Two great Non-Country Songs about Time - 100 Years by Five for Fighting, In the Living Years by Mike and the Mechanics,

One of My Faves!

100 Years - Love this Song!

A Song that Stresses the Importance to Build Solid Relationships in Our Life

Living Years, by Mike and The Mechanics

© 2014 Barbara Tremblay Cipak

Do You Have a Favorite Song that Speaks about Time Passing By?

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Very interesting article, time is passing, far too quickly for me, if only I could turn the clock back and relive my last 50 years again, with my family, my oldest son just turned fifty last week, many memories.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      @DealForALiving, you are so right, it's marching on no matter what we do, looks like we have very little say in the matter of 'time' :)

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      @bravewarrior, that is quite a memory for you, powerful, sad and moving in how you learned so much from it - and I'll bet my younger self and your younger self wouldn't even listen to our own older selves! I think you said it well when you said: 'we try to spare our children (goodness knows I'm doing that now), but as you say, they have to learn for themselves and go through their lessons. I recall some hurtful things I did to my parents in the past, and I wish I could change them too. Thanks for such a thoughtful comment, it may help others.

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      Sam Deal 2 years ago from Earth

      I don't know why, but seeing the title of this made me really want to see these songs and have a listen. Time is just rolling on by.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Barb, these songs are so inspirational. I love Don't Blink. I have to admit, I've really come to appreciate country music much more since I met you.

      I left home when I was 18 and the day before I graduated from high school. I was quite the rebel and couldn't wait to get out of the house. What my selfish self didn't realize that my graduation day was also my mother's birthday. She was devastated when I left home. I kept looking for my parents at the ceremony and they never showed. They never saw their daughter graduate with honors in the top 10% of her class (out of 300 students). I later learned my mother was on the verge of a nervous breakdown after I left home. I hate that I hurt her so much. Oh, the letter I could write to my young self!

      It's funny how no matter what year it is, children rebel against what their parents try to teach them, only to learn later in life that they were right. And the next generation does the same thing. We try to spare our children, but I guess just as we did, they have to learn for themselves. The best we can do as parents is build a strong foundation. They'll embrace what we've taught them when the time is right.

      I love this series, Barb. Music is a wonderful bridge to the obstacles we put before us.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      @ecogranny, you know there is a country song in that story and it would be a hit! I completely empathize with you on this. This has happened to so many of us in our life, when we just didn't trust ourselves and our instincts enough to act upon them, and worse, let someone explain to us why we shouldn't or why we're wrong - You're not alone on this one, I have a few to tell just like this myself too. I can understand the regret of not working side by side with dad on this project too. With age comes wisdom - would be nice to have the mind and direction we have now in life, in that young 20 something body we had too! - Thanks for such an insightful and very thoughtful comment.

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      When I was 19, I worked for a bank. An adorable little cottage I had loved for years had a for sale sign on it and I told my boss I'd like to buy the cottage, fix it up with my dad, who knew a thing or two about fixing up a house, let me tell you. I planned to live in it for awhile, then sell it for something bigger.

      Mind you, back in the Sixties, I'd never heard of real estate speculation or "turning" a property. I dreamed about that house for months.

      My boss talked me out of buying it, despite the fact I could have afforded it on my tiny secretarial salary. I've regretted that every time I thought about it since, and today is no different. I was onto something and didn't even know it.

      So yeah, I would tell my young self, "Trust your instincts!" "Go for it!" "You know better than anyone what is right for you."

      The thing I regret most about listening to my boss back then is not the money we would have made buying properties, fixing them up and selling them, because I know we would have gone on to more. What I miss more is the time I would have spent with my dad.

      He taught me how to use a saw and how to drive a nail. I could have learned so much more from him. We would have worked side by side, enjoyed those after-hours cups of hot steaming coffee from the thermos.

      Oh dear, I'm beginning to sound a little like a country song myself.

      Thanks for these. Good choices, all.

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      Drake McSherry 3 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      What a brilliant review! I really enjoy those reflective songs especially- "Don't Blink" and "Letter to Me". "The Living Years" always gets me too. Never heard "26 cents", thank you for introducing me to that song. The wall decal about life is like a camera is spot on.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      @Merrci: so true, everything you said - funny, I've been thinking about a lot of what you talked about here lately (a lot) - you're right about ...makes us wonder what we're chasing in this life

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      This is a wonderful lens Barbara. I just wish you'd broken it in one for each. Just listening to Don't Blink made me drop here to comment and I haven't finished reading the lens. Kenny did a touching job on that song. Just watching it makes me think of how much time we spend striving--for who knows what--when so many of the best moments slide away. It makes me wish for a time of less materialism, (which requires much effort to maintain). If we spent more of that time on treasuring love--for spouse, children, family, friends--our lives would be filled up with what matters. Sigh...sorry to go on and on. Did I say this was a great lens?

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      @Nancy Hardin: I'll have to listen to that one as well

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Excellent thoughts on this type of country song...Beautifully done!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Ain't It Funny How Time Slips Away, written and performed by Willie Nelson, and covered by other artists.

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