10cc – Old Mister Time Lyrics

He looked funny
The children called him the scarecrow
An old raincoat
And baggy trousers and sneakers
He found at the dump

Oh, but if you bothered to look
There was something behind the rags
Oh, there was a look in his eyes
It was something you’d never forget

He lived badly
A broken shack on the railway
An old moggy
The only one who replied
When he talked to the walls

Oh, we didn’t understand
We were fooled by the dirt on his face
Oh, we were human then
We were searching behind his disgrace

Why don’t you leave me alone?
Why don’t you go to your homes?
Why don’t you keep to yourselves?
I’m tellin’ you, “Why don’t you leave me alone?”

You’re never gonna realize
When all you do is criticize
You’re never gonna make it work

You never seem to get enough
You crumble when it’s getting rough
You’re never gonna make it work

I’m tellin’ you there’ll come a day
You’re gonna blow yourselves away
It’s wrong that I should interfere
I just get in the way

Why don’t you leave me alone?
Why don’t you go to your homes?
Why don’t you keep to yourselves?
I’m tellin’ you, “Why don’t you leave me alone?”

Deep into the night
He was working by the light
Of the candle by his bed
On the theory in his head

He was building from the junk
That he rescued from the dump
And when he turned the power on
There was a sound and he was gone

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Oh, in the gray of the dawn
We discovered the thing he was working on
Oh, we didn’t understand
The future was old mister time

Future was old mister time
Future was old mister time
Future was old mister time

Old mister time
(Mister time, mister time)
Old mister time
(Mister time, mister time)
Old mister time
(Mister time, mister time)