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Time After Time
Song

Time After Time

Cyndi Lauper
Album:
Shes So Unusual

Song Meaning and Background of Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper


Cyndi Lauper was anxious about the song “Time After Time”, a ballad she wrote in the studio with Rob Hyman to complete her solo debut album, She’s So Unusual.


“I asked them to please not put ‘Time After Time’ out as the first single,” Lauper said. “People would never have accepted me. If you do a ballad first, and then a rocker, that doesn’t work.”

Lauper was correct, following the jolly “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Time” became her first Number One single.


"Time After Time" is a 1983 song by American singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper, co-written with Rob Hyman, who also provided backing vocals. The writing began with the title, which Lauper had seen in TV Guide magazine, referring to the science fiction film Time After Time (1979).[5]

Music critics gave the song positive reviews, with many commending the song for being a solid and memorable love song.


The song has been selected as one of the Best Love Songs of All Time by many media outlets, including Rolling Stone, Nerve, MTV and many others."Time After Time" was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year at the 1985 edition.


Although "Time After Time" would eventually become one of Lauper's signature songs, it was one of the last songs on her debut album to be recorded. While Lauper was still writing material for She's So Unusual in the spring of 1983, her producer, Rick Chertoff introduced her to American musician Rob Hyman, a founding member of the Hooters.


Lauper had by then already recorded the majority of the album, including the songs "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "She Bop," but Chertoff insisted that she and Hyman needed to record just "one more song". Therefore, she and Hyman sat at a piano and started working on "Time After Time".


The inspiration for the song came from the fact that both songwriters were going through similar challenges in their respective romantic relationships; Hyman was coming out of a relationship, and Lauper was having difficulties with her boyfriend/manager, David Wolff. One of the early lines Rob wrote was "suitcase of memories," which according to Lauper, "struck her," claiming it was a "wonderful line," and other lines came from Lauper's life experiences.


The song's title was borrowed from a TV Guide listing for the 1979 movie Time After Time, which Lauper had intended to use only as a temporary placeholder during the writing process. Although she later tried to change the song's name, she said that she felt at some point that "Time After Time" had become so fundamental to the song that it would fall apart with a different title.


Initially, Epic Records wanted "Time After Time" as the album's lead single. However, Lauper felt that releasing a ballad as her debut solo single would have pigeonholed her stylistically as a balladeer, limiting her future work and thus potentially killing her career. Wolff felt that "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" could become a successful pop anthem and was a better choice; ultimately the label agreed and released it as the lead single. "Time After Time" became the album's second single in released 1984.


Lyrics of Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper


Lying in my bed, I hear the clock tick and think of you

Caught up in circles, confusion is nothing new

Flashback, warm nights almost left behind

Suitcase of memories, time after...

 

Sometimes you picture me, I'm walking too far ahead

You're calling to me, I can't hear what you've said

Then you say, "Go slow", I fall behind

The second hand unwinds

 

If you're lost, you can look and you will find me

Time after time

If you fall, I will catch you, I'll be waiting

Time after time

 

If you're lost, you can look and you will find me

Time after time

If you fall, I will catch you, I'll be waiting (I will be waiting)

Time after time

 

After my picture fades and darkness has turned to gray

Watching through windows, you're wondering if I'm OK

Secrets stolen from deep inside

The drum beats out of time

 

If you're lost, you can look and you will find me

Time after time

If you fall, I will catch you, I'll be waiting

Time after time

 

You said, "Go slow", I fall behind

The second hand unwinds

 

If you're lost, you can look and you will find me

Time after time

If you fall, I will catch you, I'll be waiting

Time after time

 

If you're lost, you can look and you will find me

Time after time

If you fall, I will catch you, I'll be waiting (I will be waiting)

Time after time

 

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Release Date

1984

Songwriter/s

Cyndi Lauper, Rob Hyman

Producer/s

Rick Chertoff

Label/s

Epic

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