Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Story Songs

While driving home from work the other day I was listening to an AM radio station (yes, some folks still do that) and heard Jim Croce’s “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
Till eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you...”

What a great song. Croce was one of my favorite singer/songwriters back in the 1970s. It’s a shame he left us so early in that airplane crash in 1973 because I’m sure he would have produced more wonderful songs. He was only 30.

Croce was a splendid story-songwriter. He could weave music and lyrics into funny, sad, and heart-felt stories such as “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,” “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim,” “Lover’s Cross,” “Roller Derby Queen,” “Operator,” and “Workin’ in the Car Wash Blues.”

Some of my future blogs are going to be about story songs I’ve admired and enjoyed through the years. I’ll try to have links to the lyrics and performance of the song.

I hope you’ll join me on the trip down memory lane.

Time In a Bottle lyrics

Time in a Bottle performance


  1. I really love your blog, your writing is always so honest and human, so touching ... thanks for sahring with us a little bit of your world ... the song ... fantastic! thanks for bringing back to me some good memories :)

  2. Thank you, Elizabeth, for the kind words. I sense that you love music as well.