Van Morrisson i els tòpics literaris llatins

 

Precious time is slipping away
but you’re only king for a day
it doesn’t matter to which god you pray
precious time is slipping away
It doesn’t matter what route you take
sooner or later the hearts going to break
no rhyme or reason, no master plan
no nirvana, no promised land
Because, precious time is slipping away
you know you’re only king for a day
it doesn’t matter to which god you pray
precious time is slipping away
Say que sera, whatever will be
but then i keep on searching for immortality
she’s so beautiful but she’s going to die some day
everything in life just passes away
But, precious time is slipping away
you know she’s only queen for a day
it doesn’t matter to which god you pray
precious time is slipping away
Well this world is cruel with its twists and its turns
but the fire’s still in me and the passion it burns
i love her madly ‘til the day i die
‘til hell freezes over and the rivers run dry
Precious time is slipping away
you know she’s only queen for a day
it doesn’t matter to which god you pray because
precious time is slipping away

Precious time is slipping away
you know you’re only king for a day
it doesn’t matter to which god you pray
precious time is slipping away
Precious time is slipping away
you know you’re only king for a day
it doesn’t matter to which god you pray because
precious time is slipping away

Precious Time és una cançó del músic nordirlandès Van Morrison publicada en l’àlbum de 1999 Back on Top. És una cançó amb un ritme ràpid i una lletra introspectiva que relata el pas inexorable del temps. Ens recorda dos tòpics de dos poetes romans, el tempus fugit i el carpe diem de Virgili i Horaci respectivament:

 

Sed fugit interea, fugit inreparabile tempus …
Virgili, Geòrgiques III, 284
… dum loquimur, fugerit invida
aetas: carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.
Horaci, Odes I, 11, 7-8