Time Will Reveal (song)

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"Time Will Reveal"
Time Will Reveal single.jpg
Single by DeBarge
from the album In a Special Way
B-side "Rhythm of the Night"
Released August 11, 1983
Format 7"
Recorded 1982-1983
Genre Soul, soft rock
Length 4:17
Label Gordy
Writer(s) El DeBarge, Bobby DeBarge, Etterlene "Bunny" Jordan
Producer(s) El DeBarge
DeBarge singles chronology
"All This Love"
"Time Will Reveal"
"Love Me in a Special Way"

"Time Will Reveal" is a single by DeBarge and released on September 11, 1983 as the first single off the group's third album, In a Special Way on the Gordy label. It was also the group's biggest hit prior to the group's 1985 hit, "Rhythm of the Night".



By 1983, DeBarge was riding off the crossover success of their second album, All This Love, which included the title track and "I Like It". Boosted by its success, the group recorded a similar album with In a Special Way. Among the songs chosen for a single was the crossover hit "Time Will Reveal", which was written by sister Bunny DeBarge & brothers El and Bobby.


Much like their two previous singles, DeBarge found a hit with "Time Will Reveal", which reached number one on the Billboard R&B singles chart and number 18 on the US pop singles chart.[1] The success of this record and the preceding singles helped the group attain an opening slot for Luther Vandross' U.S. tour of 1984, in which by then DeBarge had become a national attraction, with its early success being compared to the earlier Motown family act, The Jackson 5.

Popular culture[edit]

The Game, a comedy-drama television series, played the song on Season 4: Episode 6 "Men In Crisis" in 2011.

Cover versions[edit]

In 1996, R&B group Blackstreet also covered the song in the closing track on their second studio album Another Level, as "The Lord is Real".

In 1997, R&B group Shades covered the song on their debut album "Shades"

In 2004, Boyz II Men covered the song on their Throwback, Vol. 1 album.

In 2004, Jed Madela covered the song on his album "Songs Rediscovered".

In 2005, Soul singer Janelle Monáe did a cover of the song on the album Got Purp? Vol. 2 by the Purple Ribbon All-Stars

In 2008, Filipino R&B/Pop singer Jay R covered the song on his album Soul in Love

In 2011, American singer Mayer Hawthorne covered the song on the album Direct to Disc#1 recorded live directly to vinyl at Capsule Labs in Los Angeles.

In 2016, saxophonist Kim Waters covered the song on his album Rhythm and Romance with James Robinson as background vocalist.


Chart (1983–1984) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 18
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles 1


  • Lead vocals by El DeBarge
  • Background vocals by DeBarge
  • Produced by El DeBarge

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 150.