Tragedy + Time

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"Tragedy + Time"
Single by Rise Against
from the album The Black Market
Released October 21, 2014
Format Digital download
Genre Pop punk, alternative rock
Length 4:17
Label Interscope
Songwriter(s) Rise Against
Rise Against singles chronology
"I Don't Want to Be Here Anymore"
"Tragedy + Time"
"The Violence"

"I Don't Want to Be Here Anymore"
"Tragedy + Time"
"The Violence"

"Tragedy + Time" is a song by American punk rock band Rise Against. The song was released as the second single from their seventh album, titled The Black Market. The song impacted radio on October 21, 2014.[1] According to lead singer Tim McIlrath, the title of the song comes from the phrase "tragedy plus time equals comedy".[2] The song is a playable track in Guitar Hero Live.


Mischa Pearlman of Alternative Press praised the song's chorus, calling it "one of the band’s most catchy, anthemic choruses".[3] Max Qayyum of said that "despite being the poppiest song on the record", he found the track sincere and noted how it would work as the penultimate track.[4] Ryan Bray of Consequence of Sound called the song "overlong but catchy".[5] Dan H. of Sputnikmusic criticized the song for being "extraneous even amidst the variety".[6]

Music video[edit]

A music video for the song was released on November 6, 2014. A lyric video was released for the song earlier on October 21, 2014.[7]


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2014–15) Peak
Canada Rock (Billboard)[8] 47
US Rock Airplay (Billboard)[9] 24
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[10] 26
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[11] 28


  1. ^ " Alternative eWeekly". AllAccess. October 14, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2016. 
  2. ^ McIlrath, Tim (July 15, 2014). "Tim McIlrath Talks New Rise Against Album 'The Black Market'". Kevin and Bean (Interview). Kevin Ryder, Gene Baxter. Los Angeles, California: KROQ-FM. 
  3. ^ Pearlman, Mischa (July 11, 2014). "Rise Against The Black Market". Alternative Press. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ Qayyum, Max (July 16, 2014). "Rise Against - The Black Market". Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  5. ^ Bray, Ryan (July 15, 2014). "Rise Against – The Black Market". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  6. ^ H., Dan (July 14, 2014). "Review: Rise Against - The Black Market". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Rise Against - Tragedy + Time - YouTube". Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Rise Against Chart History (Canada Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  9. ^ "Rise Against Chart History (Rock Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved July 5, 2014.
  10. ^ "Rise Against Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  11. ^ "Rise Against Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.