From Brand New Day by Ryan Star contains the following lyrics:

I stayed in one place for too long
Gotta get on the run again
I saw the one thing that I want
Hell bent, get outta bed
I'm throwing rocks at your window
You're tying the bed sheets together
They say we are dreaming too big
I say this town's too small

Send me a sign
Turn back the clock
Give me some time
I need to break out
And make a new name
Let's open our eyes
To the brand new day

Why does the narrator need more time? Time for what? And who is he asking to give him more time?

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"Turning back the clock," literally, would be to allow the narrator to re-live those hours/days/etc. It would give the narrator time.

"I stayed in one place too long" gives the sense of wasted time — that the narrator is accustomed to constant movement, not putting down roots — and "give me some time" might mean the person wishes he could re-live some of the time he spent "in one place" and use it to go somewhere else.

Since turning back time is a physical impossibility, he's not addressing any real person; it's just a philosophical cry into the wind.

  • 'Turning back the clock' figuratively would allow the narrator to relive etc... perhaps, rather than 'literally'? I turned back my clocks at the weekend , it shifted my day by an hour but i didn't get to rewind the stuff I'd done. :)
    – Spagirl
    Commented Oct 31, 2017 at 11:27

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