I think that Dave's writing always had a trite quality to his lyrics (same goes for Christine, BTW), but he was able to pull them off much better during the Traffic/Alone Together era. After that, it was really hit or miss. Sometimes there were wonderful songs, other times the lyrics could get painful. I think my biggest objection to his Time songs is that he seemed to focus more on being a hard rocker than the AOR legend he had once been. Now, I loved the Soccer Rocks The Globe version of Blow By Blow. That WAS classic Dave Mason. But then they decided to make it hard rocker, and it just didn't work.
On and on it will always be, the rhythm, rhyme, and harmony.
THE Stephen Hopkins