Time Warp

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Time Warp
Composer Richard O'Brien
Released 1973-06-19

Time Warp is a song composed by Richard O'Brien for his stage musical, The Rocky Horror Show. It is the most recognizable of the songs from the musical, and features the Time Warp dance that is so popular at showings. The song has been used in each of the games.

Games

Released

Game

Arranger

Length

Format

Listen

1985-??-?? The Rocky Horror Show (C64) Jay Derrett 2:18 SID
1985-??-?? The Rocky Horror Show (CPC) (Menu) Unknown 0:22 YM
1985-??-?? The Rocky Horror Show (CPC) (In-game) Unknown 2:16 YM
1985-??-?? The Rocky Horror Show (ZXS) Jay Derrett 2:16 AY
1986-??-?? The Rocky Horror Show (A2) Unknown UNK
1986-??-?? The Rocky Horror Show (C128) Jay Derrett SID
1999-??-?? The Rocky Interactive Horror Show (W32) Richard O'Brien 1:27 CD

The Rocky Horror Show (C64)

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As far as the game's credits are concerned, Jay Derrett ported the Spectrum tune over to the Commodore 64. However, MobyGames reports that the music was ported by a company called Druidcrest Music.

The Rocky Horror Show (CPC)

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The Rocky Horror Show (ZXS)

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Jay Derrett originally arranged the Time Warp for the ZX Spectrum. He did a rather poor job, as the final result sounds almost like a different song altogether. Only the "Let's do the Time Warp again" chorus is readily recognizable.

The Rocky Interactive Horror Show (W32)

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This version is a cover, played by O'Brien himself on guitar in jukebox in the game. It has a good part from beginning, but not the full song. It's the only version that has lyrics.

Lyrics

Almost none of the game's versions feature the lyrics of the original song.

Riff-Raff:
It's astounding;
Time is fleeting;
Madness takes its toll.
But listen closely...

Magenta:
Not for very much longer.

Riff-Raff:
I've got to keep control.

I remember doing the time-warp
Drinking those moments when
The Blackness would hit me

Riff-Raff:
And the void would be calling...

Transylvanians:
Let's do the time-warp again.
Let's do the time-warp again.

Narrator:
It's just a jump to the left.

All:
And then a step to the right.

Narrator:
With your hands on your hips.

All:
You bring your knees in tight.
But it's the pelvic thrust
That really drives you insane.
Let's do the time-warp again.
Let's do the time-warp again.

Magenta:
It's so dreamy, oh fantasy free me.
So you can't see me, no, not at all.
In another dimension, with voyeuristic intention,
Well secluded, I see all.

Riff-Raff:
With a bit of a mind flip

Magenta:
You're into the time slip.

Riff-Raff:
And nothing can ever be the same.

Magenta:
You're spaced out on sensation.

Riff-Raff:
Like you're under sedation.

All:
Let's do the time-warp again.
Let's do the time-warp again.

Columbia:
Well I was walking down the street just a-having a think
When a snake of a guy gave me an evil wink.
He shook-a me up, he took me by surprise.
He had a pickup truck, and the devil's eyes.
He stared at me and I felt a change.
Time meant nothing, never would again.

All:
Let's do the time-warp again.
Let's do the time-warp again.

Narrator:
It's just a jump to the left.

All:
And then a step to the right.

Narrator:
With your hands on your hips.

All:
You bring your knees in tight.
But it's the pelvic thrust
That really drives you insane.
Let's do the time-warp again.
Let's do the time-warp again.

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