Song of the Day #1,343: ‘Born in Time’ – Bob Dylan

So apparently the little people who live in my iTunes and select the random playlist have a sense of humor.

Just last week, frequent commenter Amy delighted in the selection by the “iPod fairy” of several country tunes during Random Weekends and predicted “I don’t think Bob Dylan is showing up anytime soon!”

I guess the iPod fairy showed her.

Today’s track is an alternate version of the song ‘Born in Time,’ which was first released on Dylan’s 1990 album Under the Red Sky. ‘Born in Time’ is the best thing on that album by a long shot.

This version was included on Telltale Signs, Volume 8 in Dylan’s Bootleg Series. The 3-disc set covers the years 1989-2006, a period of sustained creativity for Dylan despite the narrowing of his vocal capabilities. He’s in pretty good voice on this track, though.

Stay tuned tomorrow to see what other surprises the Random Fairy has in store.

In the lonely night
In the stardust of a pale blue light
I think of you in black and white
When we were made of dreams

I walk alone through the shaking street
Listening to my heartbeat
In the record breaking heat
Where we were born in time

Just when I thought you were gone you came back
Just when I was waiting to receive ya

You were smooth, you were rough
You were more than enough
Oh baby, why did I ever leave ya?
Or bereave ya

On the rising curve
Where the ways of nature will test every nerve
I took you close and got what I deserved
When we were born in time

Just when I knew who to thank you went blank
And just when the firelight was gleaming

You were snow, you were rain
You were striped, you were plain
Oh babe, can it be that you’ve been scheming
Or was I dreaming

In the hills of mystery
In the foggy web of destiny
You’re still so deep inside of me
When we were born in time

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,343: ‘Born in Time’ – Bob Dylan

  1. Dana says:

    Very nice song, and nice to hear Dylan before he lost more of his voice.

    Given the sheer volume of Dylan in your collection, I suspect the iPod fairies will be landing on him fairly often.

  2. Amy says:

    I love the iPod fairy all the more for her sense of humor. 🙂 This is a lovely Dylan song with which I’m not familiar, so I appreciate the fairy for not only showing me but also choosing a song I would like. This may be your best weekend theme yet…. this fairy is inspired! 😉

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