Fairport Convention

Who Knows Where the Time Goes?

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Song Review by Matthew Greenwald

Not only one of the greatest moments in the Fairport Convention catalouge, " Who Knows Where The Time Goes" is also one of the great British folk-pop ballads of the later half of the 20th Century. Filled with a gentle melancholy, the song's lyrics seem to accurately describe the feeling of the need for freedom and expression which was so much a part of the 60's ethos. A straightforward romantic statement masks this, and in this sense, the songs' duality is beguiling. Melodically, the song matches the subtlety of the lyrics perfectly, with a vaguely country-infused electric guitar from Richard Thompson, which echoes the twilight agenda that is the basis for Sandy Denny's poetry. The song may be better known by Judy Collins beautiful, faithful version from her exquisite 1968 album of the same name. The original version is now available on Universal's 2002 20th Century Masters collection.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
What We Did on Our Holidays 1969 Water Music Records 0:00
Unhalfbricking 1969 Water Music Records 5:08
History of Fairport Convention 1972 Polygram 5:12
Rising for the Moon 1975 Island / Sammel-Label 0:00
Circle Dance: The Hokey Pokey Charity Compilation 1991
Various Artists
Green Linnet 6:36
Who Knows Where the Time Goes? 1997 Green Linnet 6:33
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Meet on the Ledge: The Classic Years 1967-1975 1999 A&M 5:10
Wishfulness Waltz 2000 Mooncrest Records 6:33
No More Sad Refrains: The Anthology 2000 A&M 5:10
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of Fairport Convention 2002 A&M / Universal Distribution 5:09
Fairport Unconventional 2002 Free Reed Records 4:15
Across the Decades 2004 Recall (UK) 6:29
Who Knows?: 1975 The Woodworm Archives Series, Vol. 1 2005 Talking Elephant 6:53
Chronicles [2CD] 2005 Universal Distribution 5:07
The Lasting Spirit: The Collection 2005 Castle Music Ltd. 6:32
Gold 2008 Universal Distribution 5:07
The Music Weaver: Sandy Denny Remembered 2008 Island 5:08
The Best of the BBC Recordings 2008 Island / Universal 4:14
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Ebbets Field 1974 2011 Independent Records Inc. / It's About Music / Renaissance Records 6:40
The Only Folk Collection You'll Ever Need 2014
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 5:09
Who Knows Where the Time Goes? The Essential Fairport Convention 2017 Spectrum Music 5:10
Come All Ye: The First Ten Years 2017 A&M / Universal 6:54
'60s Summer of Love [UMOD]
Various Artists
UMOD / Universal 5:08
Folk Music
Various Artists
Universal 5:10
Golden Oldies [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 5:10
Grace & Frankie
Original Soundtrack
Lakeshore Records 5:07