β™« Time Of The Season β™«

In a comment on a recent music post, rawgod mentioned the Zombies, a British rock band from the 1960s.Β  Interestingly, the band broke up in 1967, shortly after recording this song that wasn’t released until 1968.

The song was written by Zombies keyboard player, Rod Argent.Β  Says he …

“‘Time of the Season’ was the last thing to be written (for the album). I remember thinking it sounded very commercial. One of my favorite records was George Gershwin’s ‘Summertime;’ we used to do a version of it when we started out. The words in the verse – ‘What’s your name? Who’s your daddy? Is he rich like me?’ – were an affectionate nod in that direction. The album title’s slightly high-flown, isn’t it? As is the quote from The Tempest on the back. It was a very flowery time in all sorts of ways. Me and Chris (Chris White bassist and co-songwriter) shared a flat with a guy called Terry Quirk who was a very talented artist and he came up with this beautiful, florid cover that we adored. We didn’t notice that the word odyssey was spelt wrongly, to our eternal embarrassment. For years I used to say, ‘Oh that was intentional. It was a play on the word ode.’ But I’m afraid it wasn’t.”

The song peaked at #3 in the U.S., though it did not chart in the UK.

Time of the Season
The Zombies

It’s the time of the season
When love runs high
And this time, give it to me easy
And let me try with pleasured hands

To take you in the sun to (promised lands)
To show you every one
It’s the time of the season for loving

What’s your name?
Who’s your daddy?
(He rich) Is he rich like me?
Has he taken, any time (any time)
(To show) to show you what you need to live

Tell it to me slowly (tell me what)
I really want to know
It’s the time of the season for loving

What’s your name?
Who’s your daddy?
(He rich) Is he rich like me?
Has he taken, any time (any time)
(To show) to show you what you need to live

Tell it to me slowly (tell me what)
I really want to know
It’s the time of the season for loving

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Rod Argent
Time of the Season (Re-Recording) lyrics Β© Marquis Songs Usa

29 thoughts on “β™« Time Of The Season β™«

  1. The utterly bizarre path the Zombies took from minor-league British Invasion hitmakers to somehow recording one of the greatest albums of 1967 that hardly anyone ever heard until years later AND having a huge hit AFTER they’d broken up, and having fake Zombies touring America in 1970 to capitalize on the success, AND winding up in the Rock and Roll Hall of fame…

    makes your head spin. You wouldn’t believe it if you saw it in a movie.

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  2. Jill, The Zombies had a unique sound and several hits. Santana took off with “She’s not there,” but The Zombies version was good, as well. Argent was a terrific keyboardist and formed Argent whose big hit was “Hold your Head Up.”

    When I was watching a PBS tribute show on the British Invasion, my daughter walked in and asked who they were. When I said “The Zombies,” she said they look like zombies. Keith

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    • Your knowledge of music is astronomical, my friend!!! I think I should start emailing you for information about the songs I play, rather than digging through Songfacts and other music sites! I don’t recall the group “Argent” … I’ll have to look into that one, but I do remember Santana. Ha ha …. love your daughter’s comment! But then, check out some of the music her generation likes!

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  3. Thank you, Jill. This is great music, and I cannot say why the UK didn’t like the Zombies after their first hit, She’s Not There. Maybe the Brits knew something they never told the rest of the world, but I cannot imagine what. Yet, like the Yardbirds who were a big hit in England, they slipped into darkess even on Oldies radio stations. So many great memories, left in so few minds.

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    • Yardbirds were amazing and super influential, due to creative differences Beck and Clapton left leaving Jimmy Page to carry the mantle. Under Page, Yardbirds morphed into heavy blues rock Led Zep, the rest is history.

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    • Glad you liked it! I was surprised to find that the song didn’t even chart in the UK. You wonder what they did with the rest of their lives, for they were young when they split up. Did they become bricklayers, or go to college and become nuclear physicists?

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      • They were musicians, and as far as I know they ended up in other bands. Rod Argent fronted Argent (go figure) and later played with Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band. He has been with a revitalized Zombies for quite some time. Colin Blunstone had a long but nott so famous solo career between stints with the Zombies.

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