Al Stewart - Time Passages Lyrics

It was late in December, the sky turned to snow
All round the day was going down slow
Night like a river beginning to flow
I felt the beat of my mind go
Drifting into time passages
Years go falling in the fading light
Time passages
Buy me a ticket on the last train home tonight
Well I'm not the kind to live in the past
The years run too short and the days too fast
The things you lean on are the things that don't last
Well it's just now and then my line gets cast into these
Time passages
There's something back here that you left behind
Oh time passages
Buy me a ticket on the last train home tonight

Hear the echoes and feel yourself starting to turn
Don't know why you should feel
That there's something to learn
It's just a game that you play

Well the picture is changing
Now you're part of a crowd
They're laughing at something
And the music's loud
A girl comes towards you
You once used to know
You reach out your hand
But you're all alone, in those
Time passages
I know you're in there, you're just out of sight
Time passages
Buy me a ticket on the last train home tonight

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  1. Lloyd Hall

    This song takes me back to my childhood. WABC radio in New York. Harry Harrison, Ron Lundy and so many other Dj’s made 70’s pop special. Thank God I was there the first time around...

  2. DarrinK

    Was he a 1 hit wonder or related to any other musicians or notable people? For example Rod Stewart?

  3. Jeffrey Hancock

    This is one of the few songs that light up my Bose speakers to what they were designed to sound like! The whole room is awash in incredible music!

  4. Gary Marquis add my prior note, I listened to this song on record back in 1976, it brings back days of healing and heartbreak. Thanks for the song. Nuff said here.

  5. Debra Simms

    Teach your Children by giving them a Youth filled with Freeom to play kickball in the street, hide & seek, in a neighborhood wear you don't need to fear. Because Childhood happens in the blink of an eye. Time passages are Memories, the minds treasure chest of
    What is most important in life,
    Sincerely deb,🌎🚴‍♀️🎶

  6. Debra Simms

    Time passes much faster than a Child is able to comprehend
    By the time we are adults we wish we had taken more chances, not have been so cautious and ENJOYED SO
    MUCH MORE!🌍🌎🚴‍♀️🎶

  7. Sandra Hawes

    Very thoughtful,beautiful...

  8. Barbie Dahlquist


  9. Richard Drolet

    I have a heavy heart everytime i hear this beautiful song.thank you al.

  10. Winifred Ogilvie

    On a sailboat somewhere...1980's.

  11. 1333cc7

  12. joel lee

    Im not the kind to live in the past...right on.

  13. joel lee

    Great tune .radio classic

  14. Jorge Riestra Rodriguez

    Fue a finales de diciembre, el cielo se cerró y la nieve
    estaba cayendo lentamente todo el día.
    La noche comenzó lentamente a fluir como un río
    Sentí el latido de mi mente ir a la deriva
    en los pasillos del tiempo
    Si, los años van cayendo dentro de la luz que se desvanece
    en los pasillos del tiempo
    Cómprame un boleto en el último tren a casa esta noche

    Bueno, yo no soy del tipo de vivir en el pasado
    Los años son demasiado cortos y los días demasiado rápidos
    Las cosas en las que te apoyas, son las cosas que no duran.
    Bueno, es solo que de vez en cuando, mi línea se vuelca en estos
    Pasillos del tiempo
    Hay algo aquí devuelta que dejaste atrás
    Oh, oh los pasillos del tiempo
    Cómprame un boleto en el último tren a casa esta noche

    Escucha los ecos y siente que empiezas a girar
    No sé por qué debería sentirse
    que hay algo que aprender
    Es solo un juego al que juegas

    ( solo de guitarra española y saxo )

    Bueno, la imagen está cambiando
    Ahora eres parte de una multitud
    Se están riendo de algo
    Y la música es ruidosa
    Una chica viene hacia ti
    Alguna vez solías saberlo
    Extienes tu mano
    Pero estás solo, en estos
    Pasillos del tiempo
    Sé que estás ahí, estás fuera de la vista
    en los Pasillos del tiempo
    Cómprame un boleto en el último tren a casa esta noche.
    Artist/ Al Stewart
    Song/ Time Passages
    Year / 1978
    Composer/ Al Stewart & Peter White
    Vocals/ Al Stewart

  15. Rocky Nelson

    i am a sax player listening to this wonderful sax player play his horn.

  16. Stefano Casolari

    Bellissima e piena di ricordi

  17. Clarence Erickson

    ❤it 💚it 💛it🦄😎🦄💙it🧡it💜it✌👍👍

  18. fidelis papini


  19. MassiveGat

    Very ethereal piece. Thankfully, the passages of time haven't diminished it's value it at all, it's only gotten better!

  20. רוברט ויינגר

    After the masterpiece album called year of the cat al stewart came back with yet another masterpiece called time passages, al stewart was a great artist back in the seventies

  21. Werderina

    I will forever love this song. ✨

  22. Jerry Delgado

    I was born 1971 and my best friend my dad would play this and carry me and sing this I lost him to cancer 1 year ago miss him deeply

  23. Chri Gael

    Just beautiful!

  24. Donna Frank

    Miss this time of my life my family was together

  25. Ken Arthur

    If this song doesn't relax you and make you feel good, nothing in the world will.....

  26. kevin wordsworth

    Those were the days my friends!

  27. Thom Young

    if i could i go down a time passage there would be more saxaphone

  28. Gary Marquis

    I am and I do. Brings me back to 1976.

  29. Derfyboy Derfyboy

    This song so much reminds me of driving back up to michigan tech after a fall break. Faw

  30. Timothy Wilson

    💋 appropriate 💖

  31. H. Chappelle

    Such a beautiful song, one of my favorites--I do not remember if it came out in the 1970s or early 1980s. Just love this as much today as in the past.

  32. ponchoffoficial

    Where did all this beautiful times go? Buy me a ticket on the last train to the 70's tonight!

  33. Richard Proctor


  34. Dale Maguire

    Were did this music go?

  35. James Kennedy

    What the fuck!!!

  36. Sueli Pereira pereira


  37. Luis Gutierrez

    Linda música del recuerdo.. Sienpre vivirá en nuestro recuerdo.

  38. Debbie H

    It's just me

  39. Shawn Hellion

    Awesome song

  40. Lilith Ravenna

    Crying 😢 my eyes out tonight to this.

  41. Nan Matau

    What a high degree of genius it must take to compose and perform such beautiful music as this.

  42. Rick Rodrigues

    So much all round talent here...nothing like the old music! All can agree!!!

  43. Bertie st. clair

    Always listening, to this original music... never has to be a year.

  44. Jeff Williams

    Love the strings that come in around 5 minutes & 50 seconds.

  45. markfx12

    good music is soooo good

  46. Rune Jansen

    Beautiful song, memories from the 80's..!

  47. Giovanni Malagrinó

    This song in the sky is magic sax

  48. Francisco Diniz

    I totally agree with you !

  49. zalewskimm

    Produced by Alan Parsons, hence, the beauty.

  50. persona non grata

    Why does he say a girl comes towards you and wants youse to know? Is it because he's Scottish?

  51. Denice Fleming

    Love this song best music ever ..

  52. Suzanne Rose Marin

    Buying me a ticket, on the last train home tonight.....I am home. As the saying goes, No tickey, no show.! Happy to be me!

  53. Desiree Hall

    This song 😍✌️💜 😏😍💛 hit the airwaves in 1977???

  54. marie mellon

    He has a concert planned Friday February 14 2020 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall he is one of a kind

  55. Burt Bowers

    Best of hits..

  56. Dean Paulson

    Listening to a balance of this beautiful song, rain hitting everything. Thank you for this post!

  57. Warren West

    know you are born into this world, but not from this world./ love one another>>>do you not know kindness?

  58. Walter Mosley

    great music

  59. Fred Bloggs

    Sophisticated music

  60. Rumorady -

    What a beautiful song! Love it! 2019

  61. peterson lafollette

    How well I rememeber the era of this song- to be young, in love, hopeful for life...Al Stewart songs capture beautiful fading youth with the paradox of pains and pleasure. Songs of mysterious transcendence...

  62. Donald Moore

    Beautiful, crisp music. I'm so grateful I grew up during this time period.

  63. carlos alberto


  64. Robert Richardson

    This song and many others from Al Stewart bring back the most amazing memories from when I was stationed in West Germany with the British Army back in the 70s and 80s. When I look at the kids nowadays and how unhappy they all are, I realise how lucky we were to experience those simply unforgettable times.

    Big B

    Because today's music is trash

  65. Nancy Demoss

    I know you're in there, you're just out of sight

  66. Esteban Granados


  67. John Short

    what a great song sound and good times back in the day . we meed more of thus music

  68. ochiese

    Thank u....peace

  69. Regina Vice

    There was magic in the air

  70. Carlos Araujo

    The unbelievable 70's...plenty of music.. Writers... And singers like this man.... So proud and happy to grow in these days....

  71. Sammy Campbell

    Almost spiritual even today at 68yrs. old. Simply beautiful music.

    Super Man


  72. Adrian Elliott

    transports me straight back, sat on the bank of the River Wey, Guildford Surrey in the summer sun, this playing on the radio & time stood still ..... i;m in my 60's now, but forever stuck back their in my head

  73. wayne steven

    Life, Living in and Growing up, back in the 1960's, 70's, 80's. early 90's was the best of times, no cell phones, no smart phone, no computers, no electric cars, people spoke the truths, people had Integrity, cared about and cared for each other, had Empathy and for most, there word was there bond, people talked face to face- eye to eye, families ate at the same table at the same time, people could be trusted back then. When the, Our Nation and People had One God, The God of the Bible, and only He was Welcome in the USA.
    But living and growing up today, many more toys and ways to have-get pleasure, many distractions, troubles, worries, and good has gotten less and evil has increased, people are lovers of self, and all mixed up when it comes to Truths, People today are lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, and many are turning to false gods and to satan.. Only if we could repeat the decades past, once again, people today, have no idea what they have missed, they think they have it all and better, but we who lived back in the 60's through the 80's, and still live today, we who have lived during both times, we know the real truth
    and, Nostalgia, has much personal feelings and a strong meaning to many these days.
    Nostalgia.......... nos·tal·gia
    Learn to pronounce
    a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal association,, and Nostalgia can bring tears to the eyes of any

  74. David Rosen

    Crying everytime i hear it...

  75. Richard Curwin

    I'm 81 and realistic, I have requested this to be played at my funeral along with Dust in the wind.

    Super Man

    Focus on this breath, this moment.

  76. Joseph Mcphie

    I need to get on the road to recover my love yo...

  77. James Valentine

    Absolutely soul stirring in the most beautiful way. I feel sorry for those who missed the 70s it was the best decade , hot summer nights party’s bbqs cruising, going to the beach WOW ✌️

  78. rayclay2

    what a great song to always keep in your heart


    Beautiful song

  80. wayne steven

    Proverbs 19:17
    17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord,
    and he will reward them for what they have done.

  81. ted ritola

    Im listening LOVE THE 70S Remember this song very well , The best stories songs are from the 70s BIIIG TIME

  82. Jim Perrotta

    Still as powerful and beautiful as the first time I heard it live in Frankfurt Germany 1978. Sax player was awesome. Stood just feet away from the stage and they tore the place down! What memories this brings back. Still have the vinyl of this album and Year of the Cat. jim Jacksonville, Florida. 11-2-2019

  83. tokoroa heights

    This reminds me of my brief but very very rewarding friendship with my friend popzilla 😊 wow, this makes me smile. If you're out there boss, find me 🤘🏽

  84. Joe Scott

    Alan Parsons produced this gem.

  85. mijo mcgyver

    I love this song - and the memories it revives.
    It seems like they were so long ago, but listening to a song like this erases all those years, and for a fleeting moment you're swept away to those times again...
    Yup, that was a time passage, all right.

  86. aliasdyln33

    "Buy me a ticket on the last train home tonight." For me, that line alone says it all.

  87. Christopher Phillips

    One of the most beautiful songs ever in the history of music. Al Stewart gave us a timeless classic with this one. I am a black man and I love this song. Music has no color. Great music is great music.

    Omar Tinoco

    Why did you bring up your race if music has no color?


    Sounds as good as it did in 1978. Loved the music in the seventies.

  88. Hart Ewing

    HELL YA!!!

  89. Regina Bina

    Some things in my past I keep in my rearview mirror. Songs like this I put in my today and future. I loved this era and music. I feel okay again when I get to go back and reminisce about those days of yesteryear. Being a child, feeling safe, no worries. Al Stewart, Neill Diamond, Bob Seager, and artist like you are just geniuses. You made us all back then and still today feel great just by listening to your masterpieces.

  90. Manage

    I'm listening on a this Fall day in 2019. In fact this song is on my playlist,how could it not be.,I to was a young teen when
    "Time Passages"and Al Stewart we're on the radio,I clearly remember hearing this for the first time,,,all those years ago...,
    This song is not just good,it is very;good,on so many levels,,,,the lyrics,the musicianship,,,based on the many comments I've read,most peoplebare in agreement..This song "Time Passages" has the perfect title,,it has withstood the test of time,,,,I think it's fair to say,,this song is timless....


    Absolutely, listening in November 2019, part of my huge 70's playlist!!!

  91. Mark Solarz

    Love the saxophone,........and the riff! A great song right down to the last violin note! Wonderful lyrics!

  92. oscar zwart

    ravenscroft on the sax?


    Phil Kenzie

  93. Ron Mangano

    A masterpiece of talent .

  94. Goo Goo

    Isn't this awesome!

  95. Willie Ds

    wd//says///good songs never fade//peace//enjoy life///

  96. MrPlantpot20

    Great song, great arrangement and brilliant saxaphone by Phil Kenzie.

  97. dr.apboix

    Buy me a ticket on the last train home tonight. Never get tired, every autumn!

  98. earl dodd

    its truly sad that as time moves on, the generation that has come out from the cloud behind those of us from the 60's and 70's just doesn't get it. the peace we shared,the traditions we carried on from our parents. christmas,thanksgiving and all the others we had great times,we didn't offend others with simple words. and we had the greatest music. like al stewart and omg the disco era, lmao., great dance music back in the day. disco was feel good music. so much life in us all, countless friends that we walked over to their house and hung out. their parents were our parents, we walked in our friends house like it was our own and were welcomed by their mom and dad like we were part of the family.we played baseball in the streets, the cops would cruise by and be friendly and just told us to be careful playing in the road. didn't harrass us. sometimes they would get out of the car and have a smoke and watch us play. And today, what do we have! cell phones that really have killed all social interaction,kids and alot of adults as well can't even go out anywhere without that dam thing glued to their hand. brick and morter stores closing by the dozens weekly so we can yet sit in the house even more while we shop on the pc. robots running the factories and taking out the need for humans to get the job done and put our tlc into the product.craftsmenship done by pc design instead of by someone who feels and loves the work they produce.socialism is creeping up on us like a slow growth cancer,and this generation thinks its great.! A change we can all do without.Amazon my ASS. as long as i can get in my car and drive to a store to get what i need on the spot, thats exactly what i will do.! what a shame that we can't go back to the 70's and freeze the time.i miss them like i missed hitting the lottery......All the time.!!! now i'm going to play ...grand funk railroad....i'm your captain/closer to home.! enjoy your weekend my 70's family and lets hold on to what we can. the one thing they can never take from us, is our memories!!! And man did we have some great ones.!

  99. Arthur Alonzo

    I was back home and 14 years old and fell into this great music ..because I had the greatest and coolest big sister..I miss those time passages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟