Thursday Inspiration — Time is On My Side

For this week’s Thursday Inspiration prompt, Jim Adams has instructed us to respond to this challenge by either by using the prompt word time, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘When Will I Be Loved,’ or by going with another song by the Everly Brothers, or by Linda Ronstadt, or anything else that you think fits. I decided to go with the song “Time is On My Side” from The Rolling Stones.

The Rolling Stones released this song in 1964, and for the past 59 years I thought this song was written by Mick Jagger and/or someone else on The Rolling Stones. But today, writing this post, I learned that I was wrong. According to Wikipedia, the song was written by Jerry Ragovoy (using the pseudonym “Norman Meade”). It was first recorded by jazz trombonist Kai Winding and his orchestra in 1963. Winding’s version was mostly instrumental with just the lyric “time is on my side” sung by the background trio of Cissy Houston, Dionne Warwick, and Dee Dee Warwick.

The first fully vocal version was recorded by the New Orleans soul singer Irma Thomas. It was released in June 1964. The Rolling Stones released their version of the song in the U.S. on September 26, 1964, and it became their first Top 10 hit in America.

Who knew? Did you know that “Time is On My Side” was not a Rolling Stones original? I didn’t.

In this song, Mick Jagger has lost his girl, but he knows it’s just a matter of time until she returns. After all, he’s got “the real love, the kind that you need.”

Time is on my side, yes it is
Time is on my side, yes it is
Now you all were saying that you want to be free
But you'll come runnin' back (I said you would baby)
You'll come runnin' back (like I told you so many times before)
You'll come runnin' back to me, yeah

Time is on my side, yes it is
Time is on my side, yes it is
You're searching for good times but just wait and see
You'll come runnin' back (I said you would darling)
You'll come runnin back (spend the rest of life with ya baby)
You'll come runnin' back to me

Go ahead baby, go ahead, go ahead and light up the town
And baby, do anything your heart desires
Remember, I'll always be around
And I know, I know like I told you so many times before
You're gonna come back
Yeah you're going to come back baby
Knockin', yeah knockin' right on my door, yeah

Time is on my side, yes it is
Time is on my side, yes it is
'Cause I got the real love, the kind that you need
You'll come runnin' back (I knew you would one day)
You'll come runnin' back (baby I told you before)
You'll come runnin' back to me, yeah

Time, time, time is on my side, yes it is, I said
Time, time, time is on my side, yes it is, I said
Time, time, time is on my side

Interesting factoid: Irma Thomas was touring in England when Mick Jagger and Keith Richards caught one of her shows and heard her sing the tune. They told her they loved it and planned to record it with their band. By early December, the Stones’ cover was a big hit in the U.S. Thomas grew so tired of explaining to people that she recorded the song first, she quit singing it altogether for nearly 30 years. She only relented when her friend Bonnie Raitt invited Thomas to sing it with her for a 1992 New Year’s Eve broadcast from New Orleans.

Here are Kai Winding’s and Irma Thomas’ recordings of the song. Which one do you like best?

WDP — More Than Five

What movies or TV series have you watched more than 5 times?

I have never watched a TV series more than five times. And there are only two movies I can think of that I’ve watched more than five times. One is this:

“Pretty Woman” is the ultimate chick-flick and it happens to be my wife’s favorite movie. I can’t tell you how many times she’s watched it, but it’s way more than five times. And as her husband and life partner, I watch it with her when she asks me to, which is most of the time.

As for me, my favorite movie of all time is Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein.”

I think this is the funniest movie ever made and I have watched it countless times and it always cracks me up. Here is a detailed post I wrote about it from last year’s A to Z challenge, when my theme was movies.

Rory’s Dawdler — 03/16/23

Rory, the king of questions, also known as the Autistic Composter, has come up with a new series of questions that he calls “The Dawdler.” He poses three questions twice a week, questions he says are “inspired by life, humor, conversations and observations, town life, blog posts, writers, gardening, news stories, television, entertainment, and human curiosity, and so on.”

Here are Rory’s three Dawdler questions today.

Do you think being outside is good for a person’s wellbeing?

I enjoy being outside and, weather permitting, try to spend as much outside time as I can. Fortunately, we have a scenic and a serene backyard, so spending outdoor time is as simple as opening the sliding glass doors from my family room to my back deck and patio.

How much of a sensation seeker are you?

If by “sensation seeker” you mean someone who goes sky diving, hang gliding, bungee jumping, or mountain climbing, the answer is no. In my younger days I used to enjoy white water rafting, taking cross-country motorcycle trips, camping, and car rallying, but nowadays sitting on my back deck, listening to the sounds of my waterfall, and taking in the views is all the sensation seeking I need.

Do you believe in blind luck?

Blind luck occurs when something good happens by chance, usually with no intention or skill involved in the outcome. Like, for example, buying a pick-six Powerball ticket and winning the big jackpot. It happens, sure, so I guess I believe in the possibility of blind luck, but not enough to build or stake my life on it.

Four Line Fiction — Perspective

Under the microscope it’s amoeba-like

Viewed through a telescope it appears to be a nebula

In the sea it may be the edge of an oil slick.

It’s all about perspective…and perception.

Written for Greg’s Four Line Fiction prompt. Image credit: Susan Wilkinson via Unsplash.

FOWC with Fandango — Observe


It’s March 16, 2023. Welcome to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “observe.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. Show them some love.