One Step Out of Time

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"One Step Out of Time"
Single by Michael Ball
Format CD Single
7" Single
12" Single
United Kingdom "One Step Out of Time"
Eurovision Song Contest 1992 entry
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Composer(s) Paul Davies,
Tony Ryan,
Victor Stratton
Lyricist(s) Paul Davies,
Tony Ryan,
Victor Stratton
Conductor Ronnie Hazlehurst[1]
Finals performance
Final result 2nd
Final points 139
Appearance chronology
◄ "A Message to Your Heart" (1991)   
"Better the Devil You Know" (1993) ►

"One Step Out of Time", written and composed by Paul Davies, Tony Ryan, and Victor Stratton, was the United Kingdom's entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 1992, performed by Michael Ball.

After the disappointing result Samantha Janus received on behalf of the United Kingdom at Rome in 1991, the UK national final, A Song for Europe, was retooled. Reverting to the selection process which decided the entries from 1964 to 1975, a singer was picked internally by the BBC, and the public would vote on which song would go with them to the Eurovision finals. Michael Ball sang eight songs on A Song for Europe 1992, and "One Step Out of Time," performed seventh, emerged as the winner by an overwhelming margin (over 60,000 telephone votes separated the first and second place finishers).

At Malmö, the song was performed sixteenth on the night, after Austria's Tony Wegas with "Zusammen geh'n", and before Ireland's Linda Martin with "Why Me?" At the end of judging that evening, "One Step Out of Time" took the second-place slot with 139 points, it had been the pre-contest favourite. Belgium, Austria, Denmark and Germany awarded the UK their 12 points that evening. Despite losing by 16 points to Ireland's entry "Why Me?",[2] the UK received more 12 point designations than Ireland (four to three). This would be the third of four second-place finishes the UK had placed between 1988 and 1993.

The song was a mid-tempo ballad, relating the singer's comfort with being "one step out of time" in relation to rejecting the reality around him, instead pining after his former lover. Not accepting that his relationship is over, and spurning the disapproval of his friends, he wishes to put "his love on the line" one more time, imploring his former lover to just let him know what he had done wrong.

The song was included on the album Past and Present which was released on 9 March 2009.[3]

Before Eurovision, the song débuted and peaked at #20 on the UK Singles Chart, and stayed in the chart for 7 weeks .[4]


  1. ^ "Ronnie Hazlehurst". 3 October 2007. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  2. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1992". Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  4. ^ "One Step Out Of Time". Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
Preceded by
"A Message to Your Heart"
by Samantha Janus
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
"Better the Devil You Know"
by Sonia