Song lyrics: “Time in a bottle”

Song lyrics: "Time in a bottle"

Song texts as poetry. It’s possible. Rhyming is poetry (not always necessary). The words of the song by Jim Croce are so beautiful. They can pass off as poetry! The lyrics of your favourite song can be considered as poetry as well. Here’s just an example of a song, that shows us how beautiful words are.

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About this song

There is something mystical about the concept time. It has inspired many to write about it. Especially the need for mankind to stop this thing called time. Croce did his best to express his needs to stop time. For a good reason. He didn’t want it to go to waste. To hold on to the moments that were precious for him.

Yes, past tense here. He died on September 20th 1973 at the age of 30. The unfairness of his death is great. When he was finally on the verge of great success, the plane he was on crashed. This was days before his new single “I got a name” was about to be released.

The song Time in a bottle could be seen as a prediction, some say. To me, it’s to be considered as one of the most beautiful English songs about love. When silencing the music, only the words remain. Words, beautiful words.

Time in a bottle

Time in a bottle

If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I’d like to do
Is to save every day
‘Til eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you

If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I’d save every day like a treasure and then
Again, I would spend them with you

But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do
Once you find them
I’ve looked around enough to know
That you’re the one I want to go
Through time with

If I had a box just for wishes
And dreams that had never come true
The box would be empty
Except for the memory
Of how they were answered by you

But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do
Once you find them
I’ve looked around enough to know
That you’re the one I want to go
Through time with

If I had a box just for wishes
And dreams that had never come true
The box would…

— Jim Croce

Facts about this song

  • Genre: Folk rock
  • Recorded: 1972
  • Release: 1973
  • Writer: Jim Croce
  • Producers: Terry Cashman, Tommy West
  • From the album: “You don’t mess around with Jim”
  • B-side: “Hard time losin’ man”
  • Length: 2.24 mns.
  • Highest scores in charts: no. 1 US Billboard Hot 100, no. 1 US Billboard Easy Listening, no. 1 US Cash Box Top 100.
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