Actually it came up in conversation, someone asked about “that song that had ‘tick tock’ as part of the lyrics” and I said I remembered it.
Other people chimed in and after a few moments it became apparent that the original speaker and most of the others were remembering a different one (and after a moment or two I remembered the one they were thinking of as well): sort of a cheerful hippie-esque thing about how everyone is going to love each other some day with the refrain “tick tock, tick tock baby, time’s ticking away”.
But I’d been thinking about a different one and when I tried to describe it I just got blank looks. It was on the radio circa 1991, 1992, thereabouts, on the rock stations, a much darker song. Singer sang in the bottom of his vocal range, more low-pitched than most songs, kind of brooding and gloomy. And afer some line about time, “tick…tock…” rather slowly.
This ring a bell with anyone?