Time Was – Wishbone Ash

Wishbone Ash are a British rock band who achieved success in the early and mid-1970s.  They were one of the first of many bands to come who used twin lead guitars.

Wishbone Ash are considered to be one of the major innovators of the harmony twin lead guitar format. Their contributions helped in Powell and Turner being voted “Two Of The Ten Most Important Guitarists In Rock History” (Traffic magazine 1989), and part of the “Top 20 Guitarists Of All Time” (Rolling Stone). Melody Maker (1972) described Ted Turner and Andy Powell as “the most interesting two guitar team since the days when Beck and Page graced The Yardbirds”.

Formed in Torquay, Devon, in 1969, out of the ashes of trio The Empty Vessels (originally known as The Torinoes, later briefly renamed Tanglewood in 1969), which had been formed by Wishbone Ash’s founding member Martin Turner (bass/vocals) in 1963 and complemented by Steve Upton (drums and percussion) in 1966. The original Wishbone Ash line-up was completed by guitarists/vocalists Andy Powell and Ted Turner. In 1974, Ted Turner left the band, and was replaced by Laurie Wisefield.  The band continued on with strong critical and commercial success until 1980.

After revolving line-ups featuring former members from King Crimson, Trapeze, and Uriah Heep, Wisefield left in 1985. In 1987, however, the original line-up reunited for several albums – Nouveau Calls, Here to Hear, and Strange Affair – until 1990, when Upton quit the band. After Martin Turner was replaced in 1991, the band recorded The Ash Live in Chicago, before Ted Turner left in 1993. Since 1995, the band have continued with mixed critical and commercial success, changing members on several albums. In 2004, Martin Turner formed his own version of Wishbone Ash, and tours frequently.

Time Was

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I’ve got to rearrange my life,
I’ve got to rearrange my world.
I miss you, I need you.

I’ve got to keep my memories aside,
I’ve got to try to live again.

Time was when there were things around
To be afraid of.
I’ve got cause, I’ve even changed my mind
To turn the tables.

Time was when there was no need to stop
And rearrange it.
Now I’ve got a memory
And I don’t want to change it.

And there’s a time for waking up
And feeling down,
It’s when you have to pick your feet
Up from the ground.

Time was when I had you around –
I was a strong man.
I need you to help make the change
And be a new man.

Takes more than a day and a night
For giving.
It’s not so easy just to change your way
Of living.

Time was when there were things around
To bother me.
The crime was, I couldn’t start
To change my history.

  • Audio from the 1972 album, Argus:

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DJ Allyn is a burned out radio guy who went on to become a burned out sound engineer for a few Seattle area grunge bands in the 1980s and 1990s. Left the madness of worldwide tours with bands, cleaned up my act and went into the relative sanity of sound engineering for television series. Currently working as the Director of Sound for a television series being filmed in North Vancouver, British Columbia. I am always on the lookout for interesting videos, old music, and fun.

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