Allman Brothers – Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More

Fantastic song that you don’t hear as much as some of the other Allman songs like Rambling Man. Gregg Allman had most of the music written already but wrote the lyrics right after his brother Duane died in a motorcycle wreck. It’s about Gregg dealing with the loss of his brother and the soldiers coming back from Vietnam. The Allmans were halfway through with the album Eat A Peach when Duane died. Soon after he passed they went to Miami to finish the album.

The song peaked at #77 in the Billboard 100 in 1972.

Gregg Allman talking about the song from “My Cross To Bear”

Losing Duane really slammed Dickey too, but he didn’t show it. We didn’t see too much of Dickey after my brother died. He had this huge garden, and when something would piss him off, he would go out there and sling a hoe or a shovel or an ax for about four hours in the hot sun. He’d come back in for dinner, and he’d be okay. The cat really does have a heart, and I think he really cared about my brother—you don’t go naming your child after someone that you don’t care for.

When my brother died, Dickey really stepped up. He wood-shedded like crazy; I remember him learning how to play the slide part for “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More” on the airplane, during the flight down to Miami to finish up Eat a Peach.

Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More

Last Sunday morning, the sunshine felt like rain
The week before, they all seemed the same
With the help of God and true friends, I’ve come to realize
I still have two strong legs, and even wings to fly

So I, ain’t a wastin’ time no more
‘Cause time goes by like hurricanes, and faster things

Well, Lord, Lord, Miss Sally, why are your cryin?
Been around here three long days, lookin’ like we’re dyin’
Go step yourself outside and look up at the stars above
And go on downtown, baby, find somebody to love

Meanwhile, I ain’t a wastin’ time no more
‘Cause time goes by like pourin’ rain, and much faster things

You don’t need no gypsy to tell you why
Ya can’t let one precious day to slip by
Well, look inside yourself, and if you don’t see what you want
May be sometimes then ya don’t
But leave your mind alone and just get high

Well, by and by, way after many years have gone
And all the war freaks die off, leavin’ us alone
We’ll raise our children, in the peaceful way we can
It’s up to you and me brother to try and try again

So, hear us now, we ain’t wastin’ time no more
‘Cause time rolls by like hurricanes
Runnin’ after the subway train
Don’t forget the pourin’ rain

Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

5 thoughts on “Allman Brothers – Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More”

  1. had no clue about Duane dying halfway through production of Eat a Peach and that this song is about it. I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been to go on and complete it under those circumstances. Excellent CD I’ve listened to many times

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  2. I think it is one of their best and most underplayed songs too. When they talk about the tragic rock deaths often Duane is forgotten- what a guitar player he was.

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    1. I started to listen to this right after I read Allman’s book…I thought to myself…it’s been forever since I’ve heard this….I’d forgotten about it. He really was among the top.


  3. coincidentally I was just listening to Billy Joel’s “Goodnight Saigon”, another Vietnam epic, about three minutes back and “Ramblin’ Man” by the Allmans earlier.

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