Childish Gambino Grapples With The Passage Of “Time” With Ariana Grande
Childish Gambino, or should we say, Donald Glover Presents, is joined by Ariana Grande on “Time,” off his new album, “3.15.20.”
On “Time” Gambino is struggling to come to terms with the fleeting nature of life. The track is reminiscent of Gambino’s “Feels Like Summer” from 2018, which is featured on 3.15.20 under the name, “42.26.” “Time” explores similar themes about, well, time, and our lack of direction that “Feels Like Summer” also tackles. The opening lyrics of “Time”—”Seven billion people/Tryna free themselves/Said a billion prayers/Tryna save myself/I can see it coming/But it’s moving fast”—bear a strikingly similarity to the beginning of “Feels Like Summer”‘s first verse—”Seven billion souls that move around the sun/Rolling faster, fast and not a chance to slow down/Slow down”—not only in their message but in Gambino’s sonic delivery. If anything, this serves to demonstrate how preoccupied the artist is with these concepts, and he illustrates his pondering with words and sound so beautifully.
Been through a hurricane
With the sunroof down
Dancing with no pain
We wait to see the sunrise