Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? (3:05)

Cover of If You Leave Me Now

From If You Leave Me Now and 45 other releases

“Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” is a song written and sung by Robert Lamm while in the rock band Chicago and recorded for their debut album The Chicago Transit Authority (1969).

The song was not released as a single until two records from their second album (“Make Me Smile” and “25 or 6 to 4”) had become hits. It became the band’s third straight Top 10 record, peaking at #7 in the U.S.[1]

The original uncut album version opens with a brief “free form” piano solo performed by Lamm. A spoken verse by Lamm is mixed into the sung final verse of the album version. The single version does not include the “free form” intro or the spoken verse, and was originally mixed in mono. A stereo re-edit (beginning from the point where the “free form” intro leaves off) was issued on the group’s Only The Beginning greatest hits CD set.

A shorter edit (without the opening fanfare or piano break, starting at the trumpet solo) was included on the original vinyl version of Chicago’s Greatest Hits, but was not included on the CD version. This short edit was included on the CD version of the compilation album If You Leave Me Now. An even shorter version (starting mid-way through the trumpet solo) was issued as a promotional single, which finally appeared on 2007’s The Best of Chicago: 40th Anniversary Edition.

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