Who Knows Where The Time Goes?

The final episode of the popular Netflix series Firefly Lane features ‘Who Knows Where The Time Goes?’ performed by Eva Cassidy. The romantic drama series is a great success and it features some well-known actors.

Sarah Chalke & Katherine Heigl

Sarah Chalke & Katherine Heigl

The forty-somethings Tully Hart and Kate Mularkey have been best friends since childhood. Together they have been through ups and downs but they have walked different paths in life. From a young age, Tully has dreamed of becoming a journalist and later gets a job as a well-known talk show host. She seems to have everything, but feels lonelier than ever. Kate starts as a writer, meets a man and has a child. She becomes a hard-working assistant and a tired mother in an unhappy marriage. Despite their different lifestyles, the two women remain inseparable.

Firefly Lane

Firefly Lane

Firefly Lane has several flashbacks from the lives of Tully and Kate. In the 1970s, the two meet and become friends. In the 1980s, you see how both teenagers are ambitious and then make different choices. Finally, you see how their lives have turned out. 

Many well-known actors have a role in the series. Tully is played by Katherine Heigl, known for her breakthrough in Grey’s Anatomy. After this she has played in many romantic comedies. Kate is played by Sarah Chalke also known from Scrubs and How I Met Your Mother. Ben Lawson also plays in the series, known from No Strings Attached and Designated Survivor. He plays Johnny Ryan, Kate’s husband and boss of Tully. The series is based on the novel of the same name by Kristin Hannah. Season 1 is available on Netflix and consists of 10 episodes. Each episode lasts approximately 50 minutes.

Sandy Denny

Sandy Denny

‘Who Knows Where The Time Goes?’ is a song by Sandy Denny. Denny originally recorded the song as a demo in 1967, singing and playing guitar on the track. Later that year, she joined the folk band The Strawbs, and re-recorded the song for what became the album All Our Own Work which was not released until 1973. In 1968, Denny joined the folk-rock band Fairport Convention. The song can be found on the second album of the band, Unhalfbricking (1969). This version had more of a rock influence. The song became a signature song for both Denny and Fairport Convention. It is a slow-paced reflection in three verses on observed events: “Across the evening sky all the birds are leaving.” Having described these observations, Denny writes that some things are timeless: “Before the winter’s fire, I will still be dreamin, I have no thought of time.” In the last line of the short chorus she asks rhetorically: “Who knows where the time goes?”

Sandy Denny left Fairport Convention to pursue other group and solo projects. Despite her talent (along with much critical acclaim she is the only outside vocalist to have appeared on a Led Zeppelin record), mass commercial success eluded her and she suffered deeply from stage-fright, low self-esteem and a lack of confidence. After a period of substance abuse and erratic behaviour, Denny died aged 31 in 1978 after falling down a flight of stairs, which induced a brain haemorrhage. Denny was a major influence on Eva Cassidy.

Eva Cassidy

Eva Cassidy

Eva Cassidy recorded Sandy Denny’s most famous song at the Maryland Inn in the winter of 1995, on the same night as ‘Time After Time’ and ‘Woodstock’, all of which appeared on the Time After Time album (2000). It was the first time violin player Bruno Nasta had played with The Eva Cassidy Band. Years after this recording Chris Biondo discovered a Sandy Denny cassette tape under the seat of his car, Sandy Denny’s name written in Eva’s handwriting. ‘Who Knows Where The Time Goes?’ was one of the songs on it. Eva’s rendition ended up on Imagine (2002), and an accoustic version on Simply Eva (2011).

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