Bob Dylan: 5 Great live versions of “Born In Time”

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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

Huntsville Convention Center
Huntsville, Alabama
19 April 1993

Harbor Station
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
8 April 1997

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

Recreation Center
William Paterson College
Wayne, New Jersey
13 April 1997

Prudential Hall
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Newark, New Jersey
1 February 1998

Born In Time by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

Göteborg, Sweden
10 June 1998

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

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8 thoughts on “Bob Dylan: 5 Great live versions of “Born In Time””

  1. All the youtube links are dead. Any chance of a new link from a less policed provider?

    1. This is an ongoing challenge..
      Links to & are better, and we’re gradually using such sources more and more.
      The “Born In Time” post will be updated, but not yet.
      Any other songs you would like different live recordings of?

      1. Born in Time is my new obsession… (and may I add my bewilderment that you didn’t include the piece de resistance of “Berkeley 1995″…) I’m hoping you’ll do a list of the 5 great performances of “I & I”, “Watching the river flow” and “Tough Mama” some day (I sure have loads of suggestions) 🙂

  2. Unfortunately, this song doesn’t seem to ever have been quite finished. I do love the version in which he sings this stanza though:

    Just when I knew
    You were gone
    You came back
    Just when I knew
    It was for certain

    That is stunning.

    Beautiful melody.

    1. I agree….just not quite finished….could have almost fit in with Blonde on Blonde sound with a little more work

  3. Absolutely astounding. Each version brings something different to the table. Long been one of my favorite Bob songs.

  4. Probably my favorite song. Crazy how they struggle, and then nail it on April 13 1997. The audience goes nuts as soon as Bob hits the first notes on the harmonica (!). Is it obvious already that this is the one for the ages? Göteborg isn’t bad, just a hair rushed. Thanks for sharing this stuff. Mats

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