The Dreaded DST

When the time changed to Daylight Savings Time, Marina at Marina Kanavaki — Art Towards a Happy Day, made a comment about “the dreaded DST!” I told her that was a good song title. I had intended to write and record the song a couple of weeks ago, but DST got in the way. It seems I’m always coming up an hour short. I did the calculations to answer the question about how much daylight we save each year, and address them in the song.

The Dreaded DST
Lyrics and Music by Timothy Price
Inspired by Marina Kanavaki

Daylight blinds fools who have no skills
They create silly rules they are so unreal
Daylight’s scarce, why don’t we care?
We save it eight months out of… every year

Bedtime at ten feels like nine
Don’t feel sleepy? Have more wine
It’s midnight damn, the bottle’s empty
I’m still awake… I’m feeling pretty cranky

Now we’re on the dreaded DST
Body clocks are broken why can’t we see
That hour we save every single day
Is two-hundred forty hours of daylight that we have… stashed away

Alarm at five it feels like four
Like a zombie, I hit the door
Preparation-H on the old toothbrush
Toothpaste up my… Whew! What a rush

No time to shower, sleepin’ on the job,
Stinkin’ up the office, what a slob
Head bobs up and down, fishing at the screen
My boss is cranky… making quite a scene

Now we’re on the dreaded DST
Body clocks are broken why can’t we see
We can look forward to falling back
We get one-hundred twenty hours of daylight from… our stash

We’ve changed to DST for 56 years
That’s six-thousand seven-hundred hours, my dear
Of daylight, we’ve been banking away
So let’s go spend it on our… sanity

Now we’re on the dreaded DST
Body clocks are broken why can’t we see
That hour we save every single day
Is two-hundred forty hours of daylight that we have… stashed away

Marina’s Incognito Pear Tree

Morning contrails

Mama Owl was sowing her head last night. The Owlets might have hatched.

Afternoon clouds

72 thoughts on “The Dreaded DST

  1. I am listening to your song now, Tim. I could do without do DST myself. I would rather the clocks did not change from Standard time.

    The butterflies on the plum are beautiful, as are your skies. It was 70 and mostly to partly cloudy up here today. Rain is coming on Monday.

  2. Awesome song, Tim. Reminded me of the talking heads tonight. Appreciate the calculation on daylight savings. That’s a lot of hours. Butterfly pics are stunning.

    • Thanks, Jeff. It’s always a puzzle about what we are saving with DST. I posted a photo of Mama Owl in her nest that I forgot in the original post.

      • You’re welcome, Tim. I completely agree. Someone told me recently there was a piece of legislation to make daylight savings a national standard. When I was in AZ I enjoyed not having DST. Ah! Maybe we will see Mamma Owl tomorrow night?

  3. Fantastic song and love the wit of your second last verse Timothy …
    “We’ve changed to DST for 56 years
    That’s six-thousand seven-hundred hours, my dear
    Of daylight, we’ve been banking away
    So let’s go spend it on our… sanity”

  4. The butterflies are beauties

    First time i hear a song about DST
    Sorry about the stash year in and year out
    Breaking your cycles of sleep
    Broke broke broke from DST

    Let’s go do some sanity
    Love it
    Happy Sunday to you

  5. Never liked DST. We also switched to it last night and Jimi was still sleeping when I had breakfast. Thank goodness I could listen to your song to give me some comfort on a Sunday morning. And a second espresso is also welcome…

    • I don’t know many people who like it. It’s not going to mess with Jimi’s kitty clock. I by chance timed this post perfectly for the great European spring forward. Thanks, Herman.

  6. Oh, WOW, Tim!!!! Now our Dreaded Summer Time doesn’t feel that bad! At least I can sing it! You are amazing, my friend. I love the song and the lyrics! Thank you so much for this. We just lost our hour today, so your timing is perfect too. Not to mention the beauty from your paradise! Sigh!

    • I’m happy the timing worked out. Totally by chance. I didn’t know you all made the great leap forward today. Now you must remember that you didn’t lose and hour. That hour was “stashed away” deposited in the daylight savings bank. My DST calcs make about as much sense as DST. Thanks, Marina.

    • “Sounds awful” having to change all those clocks. I have a hard enough time changing the clock on the stove and the clock in the car. All our devices change time automatically. There was a time I had to change the time on all our servers and the phone system at the office, but they all change automatically now, also. Thanks, Shey.

    • Thanks, Janet. I didn’t know Europe was making the big leap forward today. I’m happy the timing worked out, and that you enjoyed the song. DST really messes with me.

  7. Your song says how I feel about the whole time change thing. I read a few weeks ago that congress is going to vote to keep DST permanent, and though I’d rather keep standard time, I’ll go for anything that stops the twice-yearly time change.
    Love all your pics, especially the butterfly ones.

  8. Now that is far from a bloody awful song, Timothy! Well done, you!
    I, like pretty much most people who must submit to the governments’ decisions, loathe it!
    Saved hours my patootie!!

  9. Love the lyrics and the song! And the photos! Originally, DST was meant to help the farmers and save on energy. And, of course, it was supposed to help retailers, bars, and restaurants if people stayed out longer in the daylight. I hate the time change, but I do like the longer daylight hours in the west. It wasn’t so much fun in the Midwest when I visited my grandmother as a child and the sun didn’t set until 10 pm, however!

    • Thanks, Dawn. I was thinking you are in AZ? Are you in northern AZ where the time changes?

  10. LOVE the song! Funny as all get out, in an annoying way.
    Everything is fab, the music itself, the words, vocals and mix..
    So, I have not recovered. N has not recovered. I’m a bit dopey all day.
    Are there sunflowers hanging from my tree?

    • Thanks, Resa. The sunflowers are in front of your tree. A bit of foreshortening there. Your tree is about 50 feet behind the sunflowers.

  11. “don’t feel sleepy have more wine” ba

    this was awesome Tim!! Bravo!!! I’m still not adjusted!!!
    this is line is hysterical:
    “Preparation-H on the old toothbrush
    Toothpaste up my… Whew! What a rush”
    whoo woo… haha 😂😂😂

    • I’ve never done the toothpaste in the wrong place, but I have accidentally put 1% hydrocortisone ointment on my toothbrush before. Ack! Ack! Ack! Which reminds me, I need to clean up some kitty barf. Thanks, Cindy.

  12. Love the song, Tim, so clever! And the photos are beautiful! We’re still trying to get used to our DST that arrived a couple of weeks ago. 🙂
    ~Lauren

    • Thanks, Socratis. Marina had the right call on DST. I’ll put the guitar up a notch repost it. I always appreciate your feed back.

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