My! My! Time Flies!, dedicated to the late Irish guitarist Jimmy Faulkner, was the last piece recorded for the album. The lyrics are based on a conversation Enya, Roma and Nicky had that particular day and evolve around passing time and Jimmy's favourite music, making references to The Beatles or Tchaikovsky. This up-tempo song marks a slight departure from Enya's usual style as it features guitar solos performed by Pat Farrell.
"That song came about not because of Jimmy but because of a conversation we were having about Jimmy," Enya explains. "It was strange because we went from talking about The Beatles to Tchaikovsky and to Elvis. It's strange in a conversation how one thing can lead to so many unrelated themes, and Roma thought it would be nice to capture the conversation we had. So we decided to do the song and dedicate it to Jimmy." Nicky - who knew Faulkner well and was key to bringing the track to fruition, complete with guitar solo courtesy of Pat Farrell (another first for Enya) - picks up the thread. "I thought there should be some reference to the music he was into. There's a reference to Abbey Road. There's a reference to 'the King who's still in the news’ meaning Elvis, and 'the King who sings the blues' which is B.B. King."
"We had eleven tracks done," producer Nicky Ryan revealed. "But we just wanted to do something for Jimmy. He was one of the unsung heroes, a really unassuming guy and a great guitar player. There's a lot of them out there, and so it was something we felt strongly about. So it became the final track." Played separately, as it had not yet been slotted into the album's running order, it is a real departure for Enya, featuring a sweet guitar solo by Dublin blues musician Pat Farrell. "His playing is great. He's another one of those unsung heroes," Nicky added.
'My! My! Time Flies!' was the last song written for the album.
The song is dedicated to the late Irish guitarist Jimmy Faulkner.
After 'I want tomorrow', it is the second Enya song to feature a guitar solo. The guitar on the album and on TV performances was played by Dublin musician Pat Farrell.
The single was released digitally on 2 February 2009. Corresponding promotional discs were distributed to European and American radios.
01 My! My! Time Flies! [album version]
|Late Late Show (Ireland)||Feb 6, 2009||Lip-synched|
|The Alan Titchmarsch Show (UK)||Feb 3, 2009||Lip-synched|
|Willkommen bei Carmen Nebel (Austria)||Jan 29, 2009||Lip-synched|
My! My! Time Flies! One step and we're on the moon Next step into the stars My! My! Time flies! Maybe we could be there soon A one-way ticket to mars My! My! Time Flies! A man underneath a tree An apple falls on his head My! My! Time Flies! A man wrote a symphony It's 1812 My! My! Time Flies! Four guys across Abbey Road One forgot to wear shoes My! My! Time Flies! A rap on a rhapsody A king who's still in the news A king to sing you the blues My! My! Time flies! A man in a winter sleigh White white white as the snow My! My! Time flies! A new day is on its way So let's let yesterday go Could be we step out again Could be tomorrow but then Could be 2010