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Time, for the most part is in the digital age and has been for some time.  Many watches are digital. Alarm clocks are digital.  Car clocks are digital.

Do they even think they teach the “big hand / little hand” method of telling time anymore in schools?   They hardly teach the cursive  style of writing anymore, so why would they teach the big hand /  little hand thing?   O sure, Big Ben in London still has big hands and little hands.  The Big Ball in Time Square, New York is topped with a clock with big hands and little hands.  So, maybe they do teach it and I don’t know.

But however they teach it, why is it called, “telling time?”   In general, one doesn’t “tell” time anything and in fact, time usually is the one telling you things:

“You’re late.”

“Movie is starting.”

“Work day is done.”

“Favorite TV show is on.”

“Time to turn the oven off.”

“You can’t play ball with the young kids anymore.” (Or maybe that is your knees talking.)

“Time to make the donuts.”

Do you ever read the digital display on your clock and a song comes instantly to mind?

If not, I have.  When I do, I’m not telling time, I’m singing time.

It started out in the middle of the night one time at 4:09 AM when I had to giddy up giddy up to the bathroom.  Then it happened another time.  Then I started making it happen and coming up with songs for the time displayed on my digital clocks.

Here’s my top 11 digital display songs in no particular order.  (Sure, I coulda done 10, but 11 is one more.)

Let’s have some fun and make this a quiz, because nothing says ‘good time’ like a pop quiz or a pop music quiz if you will.  Wedwand will give you the time and the lyric.  You name the artist and the song.

1 —4:09 – Giddy up giddy up 409, my FOUR OH NINE.

2 — 9:25 – What a way to make a livin’ Barely gettin’ by, it’s all takin’ and no givin’

3 — 1:00 – One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do.

4 — 3:35 or 3:34  – Bass beat …Do do do do do.  Do do do do do. Do do do do do . Do do do do do do do do. Repeat it, then, Trumpets hit it.

5 — 5:15 – Out of my brain on the 5:15. Out of my brain on the train.

6 —  4:00 – Wake up little Susie, The movie’s over, its four o’clock. And we’re in trouble deep.

7 —- 2:45 – So Set em up Joe.  Make it one for my baby and one more for the road.

8 — 2:22 – I said, Hey honey,  take a walk on the wild side.   And the colored girls say: two two two  do doo do do doo…

9 —  9:00 – I’ll be there nine tonight, nine tonight, nine tonight

10 — 4:00 – It’s four o’clock in the morning.  Damn it, listen to me good.

11 — 2:45 – Don’t you know I danced I danced till a quarter to three with the help, last night, of Daddy G…

I know you’re going to look ahead.  Doesn’t everybody look ahead on these quizzes?    So to fill the gap, and add a tad of suspense, let’s talk about the song 25 or 6 to 4, one of the most bizarrely named Top 40 songs of all time.

I’m not particularly proud of it, but it is one of three songs I can almost play on the guitar.

O)K, I’m damned proud of it and anytime I see someone come into my house with a guitar, I plead, “Here here let me play you this song, please let me play you this one song I know.  It’s actually one of three songs I know on guitar but I can’t remember the other two.  Really give me a shot at it.”

Then I crudely hit the opening bass riff from 25 or 6 to 4.

A very close friend of my daughter and the family brought his guitar over one night and yes, he allowed me to play my riff.  (Who could resist?) Then he said, “You know a Green Day song?!”

Uh.  Trying to sound hip, and keenly impressed that he actually recognized my riff, albeit not for what it was,  I answered, “Yes, yes I do.”

You give them a listen and let me know your thoughts.   (You only have to listen to the first 20-30 seconds or so.  Or, you can play them backwards and wonder what really happened to Paul McCartney in that car accident back in the 60’s.)

Chicago “25 or 6 to 4”:

Green Day “Brain Stew”:

So, on to the answers:

1.  The Beach Boys – 409

2.  Dolly Parton – 9 to 5

3.  Three Dog Night – One

4.  Chicago – 25 or 6 to 4

5.  The Who -5:15

6.  The Everly Brothers – Wake Up Little Susie

7.  Frank Sinatra – One for My Baby

8.  Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side

9.  Bob Seger – Nine Tonight

10. Elton John – Someone Saved My Life Tonight

11.  Gary US Bonds – Quarter To Three

Anyhoo, I’d like to end with some mystical reference to a song that coincides with the time at the end of this draft,  but suffice it to say, I’m waiting for the break of day to post this after searching for something to say.  It’s 10:44 and I’ve got no more. But if you got one and care to share please do.

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