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Review by psychologist Dr. Bruce L. Thiessen, aka Dr BLT 

To check out Dr BLT’s “altar’d” cover of this Jim Croce classic, hit this link: 

Time in a Bottle (Jim’s Hymn Tribute Edition) 
Original: words and music by Jim Croce 
Lyrics in added verse by Dr BLT copyright 2008 

If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that Id like to do
Is to save every day
Till eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you 
We’ve all heard about the value of quality time, but quality without quantity is like too little of a good thing.  The ultimate expression of love is a burning desire to be around the object of that love all the time, and to treasure every moment with that person as if it were the last.  This is the type of love Jim Croce expresses, most poignantly in Time in a Bottle, one of the best love songs ever written and recorded.  

I first became acquainted with the music of Jim Croce when he released Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown.  As a matter of fact, I won the Bad, bad Leroy Brown 45 rpm record for a 50s dress-up contest in my elementary school after dressing up as Elvis.  I wore that record out like a favorite pair of shoes.  

Jim's words wax poetic and prophetic in Time in a Bottle.  He was also prolific.  He was on this earth for such a short time, but songs like this one, Bad, Bad Leroy Brown, Operator and I Have to Say I Love You in a Song are 3-4 minute legacies and each are tributes to the man that made little money even as he gave us some of his greatest hits.  

If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
Id save every day like a treasure and then,
Again, I would spend them with you 
If you love somebody, let them know----with your words, with your actions, and with your time.  And if you want them to know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, play them this song and dedicate it to them.  

They don't write songs like this anymore.  But then again, Jim is not here to follow in his own footsteps----the footsteps of a poet, the footsteps of a story-teller, the footsteps of a dreamer----footsteps that lead to the true meaning of love and to the true reason we remain on this earth, while some of the greatest poets have left the planet.  We are here to worship the God of love and to share our time with the ones we love, for to share your time is to share your love. 

Croce, 30, died in a small commercial plane crash on September 20, 1973, one day before his third ABC album, I Got a Name was scheduled to be released. 

I miss Jim and his simple, poignant, creative ballads.  It's such a cliche, but none the less true. that we really don't appreciate those people we treasure until they're gone.   To express my appreciation for “Jim’s Hymn,” I recorded it as a tribute, with these lyrics added:

Oh, by the way, that recording you heard features with guitarist Todd Christensen and we recorded it on January 28, 2008.  It will be featured on my forthcoming Altar'd Hymns collection.

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