Time is never time at all

from Smashing Pumpkins – Tonight, Tonight Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The concept of time isn’t a one-dimensional and simple thing. Time is actually quite complex. Time can represent many different things whether it’s declaring the hour of the day or a certain era in history.

“This thing all things devours:
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats high mountain down.”

P.S. the answer is time

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