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‘‘Time’s Revenges and Revenge’s Time’: A Theme Time 45 Minutes (or thereabouts)’ – Part 2

1. Randy Travis, “Its just a matter of Time”;

2. Morrissey, ‘Used to be a Sweet Boy”:

3. Marvin Gaye, ‘Time to get it Together”:

4. Al Green, ‘Old Time Lovin’:

5. George Jones, “Time changes everything:

6. Bruce Cockburn, “Lovers in a Dangerous Time”:

7. The Dubliners, ‘Will you come to the Bower?’:

8. Eric Andersen, ‘Time Runs like a Freight Train”:

9. Smog, ‘Cold Blooded old Times’:

10. Eric Bibb, ‘The Needed Time”;

11. Lucy Kaplansky, ‘Today’s the Day’:

Will finish with two ‘Closing Times’:

12. Leonard Cohen, “Closing Time”:

And my favourite of the two…

13. Lyle Lovett, ‘Closing Time”;

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‘Time’s Revenges and Revenge’s Time’: A Theme Time 45 Minutes (or thereabouts) – Part 1

This is the fourth ‘theme time’ instalment. In it, I have included those songs with a substantial historical element under the ‘time’ label. Unlike in earlier instalments, I have also included two songs from those artists who, in my opinion, have handled such themes particularly effectively

So, here goes

1. Phil Ochs, ‘Changes”:

——-, ‘Links on the Chain”:

Apparently ‘Changes’ was one of Drake’s favourite sings

2. Nick Drake, “Time has told me’

—–, ‘Time of no reply’:

3. Bob Dylan, ‘Blind Willie McTell’:

—–, ‘Girl from the Red River Shore’:

http://www.pandora.com/bob-dylan/tell-tale-signs-bootleg-series-vol-8/red-river-shore-736-unreleased-time-out-of-mind (sample only)

4. The Kinks, ‘Victoria’:

—–’Days’:

5. Howlin Wolf, ‘The Natchez Burning”;

6. John Lee Hooker, ‘Tupelo’:

7. Bert Jansch, ‘There comes a time”

——, ‘The Ornament Tree’:

8. Merle Haggard. ‘When times were good’:

8. Dick Gaughan, ‘The World Turned Upside Down’:

9. Pete Seeger, ‘Turn, Turn, Turn”:

——, ‘Guantanamera’:

10. Woody Guthrie, ’1913 Massacre”;

11. The Clash, “Spanish Bombs”:

12. Edwyn Collins and Frank Roussel, ‘Time”:

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In The Garden, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Randy Travis

Was at a gospel choir here in Sydney recently and they did a great version of this country gospel song, which I had not heard before.

This sent me looking for other versions of the song on You Tube yesterday and I came up with these three which are my current favourites. Have placed them in ascending order (the last is my favourite – a magnificent version by Randy Travis – one of those occasions where he finds a song that is worthy of that great country voice. I like the other two, but it would have been good if George Jones had recorded it earlier in his career. His voice is somewhat wavery here, but it adds an air of vulnerability to his version, which fits with the theme of the song.

This is George Jones’ version:

Here is Merle’s Haggard’s version, which has a nice ‘Dixieland’ feel, at times:

This, to my mind, however, stands out as the definitive reading of this great song:

There is also an Elvis’ version, which I mean to check out