Born in Time – Live with Eric Clapton on June 30th, 1999

Crossroads Centre Benefit Concert, MSG, New York City, NY –  June 30th, 1999

I didn’t even know this existed so I am happy to watch this one. This is a great song that was recorded during the Oh Mercy sessions in 1989 but wasn’t released. It was re-recorded and released on Under the Red Sky in 1990. The original Oh Mercy take of Born in Time is now on Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series Vol. 8 CD .
It’s good to see Eric Clapton and Bob play together. They do their best to do a duet of the song. Poor Eric would have sung it a certain way when he recorded it and Bob would have taken his standard ‘let’s see what happens’ approach. But all in all there were more good moments than bad. Bob Dylan is a good guitar player too you know!

Born In Time

In the lonely night
In the blinking stardust of a pale blue light
You’re comin’ thru to me in black and white
When we were made of dreams.

You’re blowing down the shaky street,
You’re hearing my heart beat
In the record breaking heat
Where we were born in time.

Bridge #1:
Not one more night, not one more kiss,
Not this time baby, no more of this,
Takes too much skill, takes too much will,
It’s revealing.
You came, you saw, just like the law
You married young, just like your ma,
You tried and tried, you made me slide
You left me reelin’ with this feelin’.

On the rising curve
Where the ways of nature will test every nerve,
You won’t get anything you don’t deserve
Where we were born in time.

Bridge #2:
You pressed me once, you pressed me twice,
You hang the flame, you’ll pay the price,
Oh babe, that fire
Is still smokin’.
You were snow, you were rain
You were striped, you were plain,
Oh babe, truer words
Have not been spoken or broken.

In the hills of mystery,
In the foggy web of destiny,
You can have what’s left of me,
Where we were born in time.

Copyright ©1990 Special Rider Music

Buy Oh Mercy (1989) CD from

Buy Under The Red Sky (1990) CD from

One response to “Born in Time – Live with Eric Clapton on June 30th, 1999

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