Here’s the story behind the Tracy Lawrence hit “Time Marches On” …
Both Ronnie Dunn and Alan Jackson supposedly had the song on hold to cut on upcoming projects.
Bobby Braddock who wrote the song played it for Producer Don Cook right after the demo was done and after Arista had put it oh hold for Alan and Ronnie.
Don was unaware of any of that and just happened to be cutting Tracy Lawrence that particular week. So he took it into the studio and cut it on Tracy.
Arista Records President Tim Duboise and his A&R staff was livid to say the least.
Tracy went on to release it and the rest is history.
It was almost a Brooks and Dunn and or Alan Jackson hit.
It was released in March 1996 as the second single and title track from his album Time Marches On and became the fifteenth chart single of Tracy’s career.
Spending three weeks at Number One on the Billboard country charts June 22-July 6, 1996 – this week 18 years ago, Time became the longest-lasting Number One hit of Tracy’s career so far.
Time Marches On also received a Single of the Year nomination from the Country Music Association in 1996, as well as a Song of the Year nomination for both 1996 and 1997.
LYRICS: Written by Bobby Braddock
Sister cries out from her baby bed brother runs in feathers on his head
Momma’s in a room learning how to sew daddy’s drinking beer listneng to the radio
Hank Williams sings Kaw-Liga and Dear John and time marches on time marches on
Sister’s using rouge and clear complexion soap
Brother’s wearing beads and he smokes a lot of dope
Momma is depressed barly makes a sound daddy’s got a girlfriend in another town
Bob Dylan sings Like a Rolling Stone and time marches on time marches on
The South moves North the North moves South a star is born a star burns out
The only thing that stays the same is everything changes everything changes
Sister calls herself sexy grandma brother’s on a diet high cholesterol
Momma’s out of touch with reality daddy’s in the ground beneath the maple tree
As the angels sing an old Hank Williams song time marches on time marches on
Time marches on time marches on time marches on time marches on