Good Funeral Music: “Who Knows Where the Time Goes?”

“Who Knows Where the Time Goes?” would work beautifully within the middle third of a funeral or memorial service, especially when the deceased was a child of the Sixties. Lots of artists have recorded it with great success–including the song’s author Sandy Denny herself. Nina Simone’s version (above) beats out Judy Collins’ in my humble opinion. Click here to hear male vocalist Jim Carroll give the song a different slant.

Across the evening sky, all the birds are leaving
But how can they know it’s time for them to go?
Before the winter fire, I will still be dreaming
I have no thought of time
For who knows where the time goes?
Who knows where the time goes?

Sad, deserted shore, your fickle friends are leaving
Ah, but then you know it’s time for them to go
But I will still be here, I have no thought of leaving
I do not count the time
For who knows where the time goes?
Who knows where the time goes?

And I am not alone while my love is near me
I know it will be so until it’s time to go
So come the storms of winter and then the birds in spring again
I have no fear of time
For who knows how my love grows?
And who knows where the time goes?

–by Sandy Denny

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