Name that tune (squared).

I’m looking for the name/performer of the following two songs:

  1. Etoys commercial. A woman takes her son to the beach, he discovers and observes fish in an inlet. She goes online and buys him a snorkel. In the background a guitar plays and someone (female I think) kind of humming. Is this a real song? If so, by whom?

  2. Late 70’s/early 80’s. The local rock station plays a mix of Zeppelin, Joe Walsh, Foghat, et al (so you get an idea of the format). Also on the playlist is a song with the following lyric:

No time to lose, no time to lose.
Go with the flow, never let go, no time to lose.

I searched for “No time to lose” in my local record store’s database as well as the net and came up empty. I figured it was maybe Steve Winwood or someone similar.


I can almost hear the 2nd one in my head. I may be wrong but I think its Crosby Stills Nash and Young. Maybe I’m thinking of something else. No idea what the name of the song or the album is.

Yes, there’s this, but I don’t think this is what he meant:

There’s also this, which fits better, but still doesn’t have the “Go with the flow”.

This doesn’t fit:

Not this:

Nor this:










I give up, but that’s only pursuing 20 out of 419 Web pages, by putting “no time to lose” into AltaVista, so I don’t think you did much in the way of searching on the Net.


I meant to say, put ’ +“no time to lose” +lyrics ’ into AltaVista search engine.


Au contraire, mon frere, I spent quite a bit of time searching the net. I simply didn’t find the matching lyric.

Are you always this condescending? Sheesh.

Putting ’ +“go with the flow” +lyrics ', in the first 20 out of a third as many pages as before, doesn’t get it either. And putting both lines in with with ’ +lyrics ’ doesn’t get any hits page hits at all.


I found around 75 songs with the “go with the flow” lyric at the International Lyrics Server ( (or maybe, I can’t remember).

Try there.

[ X marks the spot ]

Based on a review of my copy of "Joel Whitburn’s Top Pop Singles 1955-1996, my best guess is “No Time To Lose” by the Tarney/Spencer Band. The song was released in 1979 and got to #84 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, then was re-released in 1981, this time getting to #74.

The book lists this group as an “Australian pop/rock duo” composed of Alan Tarney and Trevor Spencer.

I"m not sure if it’s the same eToys commercial you’re thinking of but one of them uses a strange accoustic version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” but I don’t know who sings it. I do remember it was used as the end credits music from a movie within the last year or so. (Damned if I can remember which one, how helpful is that?)

Hot damn, whitetho nailed it! Album name is Run For Your Life by the Tarney Spencer Band. I can see why I thought it might be Steve Winwood (Spencer Davis Group). A few quick checks shows the title out of print so I guess I’m off to a used record store. Thanks, whitetho, you rule.

I can hear the melody to the eToys commercial in my head and it sure doesn’t sound like SOTR. I guess it could be if it’s a strange arrangement, though.

It is a really odd arrangement, it sounds almost as if it might be Tiny Tim on a uke. In fact I’m sure now that it is a uke (sounds like a little bit better singer than Tiny Tim, though), but trying to remember what movie I saw it in is driving me NUTS!

Regarding the OP, I was also curious re: the etoys ad, wrote an email, got this back…

Hey, Patrick:

Thanks for the note. The music in our commercials is by the late, legendary
Hawaiian entertainer Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. We use track number 14 from his
CD “Facing Future,” which is available on our site. Happy holidays and best

Ken Ross
VP, Communications
eToys Inc.

Well, looky here. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole - Facing Future - track 14: Over the rainbow/What a wonderful world. Voguevixen was right, after all. Not that I ever doubted her.

Thanks Stolichnaya, I owe you. A fifth of Popov, perhaps?

Blasphemy! I prefer Black Eyes. Quite a prescient name for a beverage.

They’re sold out at e-toys but’s got it in stock… for $22. Sheesh. As an aside, this Israel guy weighed in at 700 pounds when he died. Curiouser and curiouser.

Guess Who did a song called “No Time.” Is that the one?

Hands up, everybody! I’m taking this thread to Cuba!

Is it just me and my family, or do other people sing long, detailed songs, making them up as they go, about nothing? I just got done singing a very long ballad about feeding my dog a few minutes ago, and as I read this thread, I was singing to myself a song which simply went “Habba jeeba habba jeeba jabba”. My dad will make up a song about anything, and I’ve seen my brother and his roommate (a very large guy) break into song and dance routine over something mundane. Does ANYONE outside our family do this? Are we the only ones who make up long, strange songs about anything?


We are the children of the Eighties. We are not the first “lost generation” nor today’s lost generation; in fact, we think we know just where we stand - or are discovering it as we speak.