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Time Of The Season
Song

Time Of The Season

The Zombies
Album:
Odessey and Oracle

Song Meaning and Background of Time of the Season by The Zombies


"Time of the Season" is a song by the British rock band the Zombies and is featured on their 1968 album Odessey and Oracle.


It was written by keyboard player Rod Argent and recorded at Abbey Road Studios.

When asked the feeling of hearing “Time of the Season” played back for the first time, lead singer Colin Blunstone plainly told American Songwriter, “relief.”


“I felt relief,” the frontman said, “because we were up against the clock. It was the last song we recorded for Odessey and Oracle and we had a minute budget and we were running out of money. I think we finished it with like seconds to go before the budget ran out.”


“Also, when you hear something for the first time,” Argent added, “it’s a fantastic feeling and we still feel that way today.”


Argent has explained that the song was inspired by George Gershwin’s jazz standard ‘Summertime.’ The lyrics, specifically, What’s your name? Who’s your daddy? Is he rich like me? was a nod to the classic song. The song reintroduces the term “Who’s your daddy?” into the cultural lexicon


It was written in the morning before we went into the studio in the afternoon, and I kind of struggled on the melody,” Blunstone said.


“Rod and I had quite a heated discussion – he being in the control room and me singing the song – and we were just doing it through my headphones. Because it had only just been written, I was struggling with the melody, and he’d be saying, ‘You know that’s not quite right, Colin. Can you do it again?'”


The frontman continued, “This went on for some time and in the end, I sort of said to him: ‘Listen, you’re so good, you come in and you sing it,’ but with more flamboyant language.


And he said, ‘You’re the lead singer, you stand there until you get it right.’ It makes me laugh because at the same time, I’m singing, ‘It’s the time of the season for loving,’ we’re really going at one another.”


Over a year after its original release, the track became a surprise hit in the United States, rising to number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Cashbox chart, and an iconic hit of 1960s psychedelia.


Lyrics of Time of the Season by The Zombies


It's the time of the season

When love runs high

In this time, give it to me easy

And let me try with pleasured hands

 

(To take you in the sun to) Promised lands

(To show you every one)

It's the time of the season for loving

 

What's your name? (What's your name?)

Who's your daddy? (Who's your daddy?)

(He rich) Is he rich like me?

Has he taken (Has he taken)

Any time (Any time)

(To show) To show you what you need to live?

 

(Tell it to me slowly) Tell you what

(I really want to know)

It's the time of the season for loving

 

What's your name? (What's your name?)

Who's your daddy? (Who's your daddy?)

(He rich) Is he rich like me?

Has he taken (Has he taken)

Any time (Any time)

(To show) To show you what you need to live?

 

(Tell it to me slowly) Tell you what

(I really want to know)

It's the time of the season for loving


Release Date

1968

Songwriter/s

Rod Argent

Producer/s

The Zombies

Label/s

CBS

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