Time in a Bottle

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"Time in a Bottle"
Single by Jim Croce
from the album You Don't Mess Around with Jim
B-side "Hard Time Losin' Man"
Released November 1973
Format 7" 45 RPM
Recorded 1972
Genre Folk rock
Length 2:30
Label ABC
Writer(s) Jim Croce
Producer(s) Terry Cashman
Certification Gold
Jim Croce singles chronology
"I Got a Name"
(1973)
"Time in a Bottle"
(1973)
"It Doesn't Have to Be That Way"
(1973)

"Time in a Bottle" is a hit single by singer-songwriter Jim Croce. Croce wrote the lyrics after his wife Ingrid told him she was pregnant with his son, Adrian, in December 1970.[1] It appeared on his 1972 ABC debut album You Don't Mess Around with Jim. ABC originally did not intend to release the song as a single; but when Croce was killed in a plane crash in September 1973, the song's lyrics, dealing with immortality and the wish to have more time, came across as if he had had a presentiment. The song subsequently received a large amount of airplay as an album track and demand for a single release built. When it was eventually issued as a 7", it became his second and final No. 1 hit.[2] After the single had finished its two-week run at the top in early January 1974, the album "You Don't Mess Around with Jim" became No. 1 for five weeks.[3] In 1977, "Time in a Bottle" was used as the title for a compilation album of Croce's love songs.

In popular culture[edit]

The song started receiving widespread airplay in September 1973, after it was featured over the end credits of the ABC TV movie, She Lives!, starring Desi Arnaz Jr. and Season Hubley.[citation needed]

This song was performed on an episode of The Muppet Show.

The song was also sung by Leslie Chow and Alan in an elevator in The Hangover Part II.

Covers[edit]

Time in a Bottle has been covered many times since its original release:

Track listing[edit]

7" Single (ABC-11405)[4]

  1. "Time in a Bottle" - 2:24
  2. "Hard Time Losin' Man" - 2:23

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hyatt, Wesley. The Billboard Book of Number One Adult Contemporary Hits, Billboard Books, 1999, p. 132.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 7th edition, Billboard Books, 2000, p. 159.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top Pop Albums 1955-1985, Record Research Inc., 1985, p. 88, 505.
  4. ^ Jim Croce - Time In A Bottle / Hard Time Losin' Man
  5. ^ Time in a Bottle
  6. ^ Australian Top 100 Singles - Week ending 27 October 1974
  7. ^ Top Singles - Volume 20, No. 23, January 19 1974
  8. ^ Adult Contemporary - Volume 20, No. 23, January 19 1974
  9. ^ The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1974
  10. ^ The RPM Year-End Charts: 1974
  11. ^ Gold and Platinum

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Preceded by
"The Most Beautiful Girl" by Charlie Rich
US Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
December 29, 1973
Succeeded by
"The Joker" by Steve Miller Band
Preceded by
"Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)" by Helen Reddy
US Billboard Easy Listening number-one single
December 29, 1973
Succeeded by
"The Way We Were" by Barbra Streisand
Preceded by
"The Most Beautiful Girl" by Charlie Rich
Canadian RPM 100 number-one single
January 12, 1974
Succeeded by
"Seasons in the Sun" by Terry Jacks
Preceded by
"Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)" by Helen Reddy
US Cash Box number one single
January 12, 1974
Succeeded by
"The Joker" by Steve Miller Band
Preceded by
"Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)" by Helen Reddy
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary number-one single
January 19, 1974
Succeeded by
"Seasons in the Sun" by Terry Jacks