Isn’t It Time is an iconic 70’s track and always evokes fond memories whenever I hear it. It peaked at #1 in my home country, Australia and #13 on the Billboard Charts. It was performed by the English group The Babys in 1977 and was released on their album Broken Heart. It contains a distinctive piano introduction performed by Michael Corby which moves into an opening vocal performance by lead singer John Waite. The Babys were best known for today’s featured song and Every Time I Think of You.
Falling in love was the last thing I had on my mind
Holding you is a warmth that I thought I could never find
(Sitting here all alone) Just trying to decide
(Whether to go all alone) Or stay by your side
(Then I stop myself because) I know I could cry
I just can’t find the answers
To the questions that keep going through my mind
Isn’t it time?
Isn’t It Time was not written by members of the group but by bass guitarist Jack Conrad along with Ray Kennedy. The lyrics were motivated by Ray Kennedy’s love for a French woman whom he knew during the writing of the song. The song was first aired on the ABC program American Bandstand – 7 December 1977.
I agree with Max at Powerpop who wrote:
‘What I liked about The Baby’s was the voice of John Waite. He would later turn solo after the Babys broke up to have a few hits of his own. I never got to see them live but friends told me they were better live than on their records‘.
1. Isn’t It Time (The Babys Song) – Wikipedia
Thanks for the link Matt! I’m a fan of the Babys. I wish they would have stayed together and released more. They wrote some really good pop/rock songs.
I think it was your post about this song which put it back onto my radar again. Cheers buddy.
I like the soloist best when he sings solo with the piano and strings!
In this song?
Yes at the beginning and in between the choruses.
I agree, but I like all of it. To me it captures that sound prevalent in that era pre 80’s ‘Chicago’ popular music. Each person’s interpretation of music can be understood differently based on when and how they heard it, with who they heard it. Etc. No, right or wrong answer.
I’ve always loved this song.
You could do worse haha
There is a song coming out here tomorrow from the War on Drugs and I quote you a lot. I hope that’s ok. That song ‘Pain’ which you mentioned is something else. Gee wizz.
Of course, and I’m flattered! “Pain” is a masterpiece.
I’m listening to it for the first time now. It’s fkn brilliant.
It really is, and still covers me with goosebumps every time I hear it.
Second time now. I gather I’ll be listening to it a few more times this afternoon. haha. Just so bloody good lol