Born in Time is the second song to appear here off Dylan’s widely scorned 1990 album Under The Red Sky. If you would like more information about this album you can visit the 2 x 2 song post. Born in Time is by far and away my favourite song from the record. Rarely a week goes by I don’t hear this song. It’s another one of those countless songs by Dylan I never grow tired of. I mentioned in the comments of another Dylan post how often upon hearing his music I feel like I have been dropped into another time and place where the images are so thick I almost have to brush them away from my face. Born in Time is one such song where I feel like I’ve been dipped in magic waters.
In the lonely night
In the blinking stardust of a pale blue light
You’re comin’ through 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….
Born in Time is a reworking of the original material recorded at the previous year’s Oh Mercy sessions. Two versions of this outtake can be heard on The Bootleg Series Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs. Clinton Heylin points out there are at least 6 versions around and they were mostly rewritten. Other outtakes from the Oh Mercy sessions, included the sublime Series of Dreams and Dignity, which were eventually left out since Dylan was satisfied with the recorded results. The producer of Oh Mercy – Daniel Lanois told Chicago Tribune that Series of Dreams was his pick for the opening track, but ultimately, the final decision was Dylan’s.
Eric Clapton covered Born in Time and released it as a single in 1998. Since the original release is unavailable online I have added below a Bob And Eric duet. And note Dylan’s guitar playing holds up pretty damn well compared to Eric’s. It’s of course nice to see such an event as a Dylan aficionado, but this will be another one of many occasions where I wished the original was available especially for those unaccustomed to Dylan.