This is a the name of an album that Neil Young made in 1978. It's mostly his folky acoustic kinda stuff, but Crazy Horse appears on two of ten songs. There's a bunch of real good songs on it, and the late great Nicolette Larson chimes in on a few of them. Their voices aren't ideally suited to each other, but it works and Larson's fun to listen to: Back then, people who could really sing really sang. It's one of Neil's sober-and-well-rehearsed efforts, very clear and clean and well put together. There are strings on a few songs, and on "Goin' Back" I'm pretty sure there's a synthesizer in the background in spots. Odd.

Nicolette Larson had a hit on her own with "Lotta Love", released the same year.

There's a picture of Neil on the front, grinning with a steel string among the tools of his trade: Microphones and beer cans.

"Comes a Time" is also the "title track" of the album, and we will share the lyric thereto just as soon as we've contemplated the track listing:

  1. Goin' Back
  2. Comes a Time
  3. Look Out for My Love (with Crazy Horse)
  4. Lotta Love (with Crazy Horse)
  5. Peace of Mind
  6. Human Highway
  7. Already One
  8. Field of Opportunity
  9. Motorcycle Mama
  10. Four Strong Winds (A cover, by God: Ian Tyson wrote it, in 1963. Damned if I know why. Cool song, though.)


"Comes a Time": I told you I'd give you the lyric, did I not? And here it is. I restored the 'g's on the "ing"s: Decency required it, though the lyric sheet replaces them with apostrophes.

Comes a time when you're drifting
Comes a time when you settle down.
Comes a light feeling's lifting
Lift that baby right up off the ground.

Oh, this old world keeps spinning 'round
It's a wonder tall trees ain't laying down
There comes a time . . .


You and I, we were captured
We took our souls and we flew away.
We were right, we were giving:
That's how we kept what we gave away.

Oh, this old world keeps spinning 'round
It's a wonder tall trees ain't laying down
There comes a time . . .

Comes A Time
Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

Reprinted with permissions: copyright Ice nine Publishing



Comes a time when the blind man takes your hand
Says "don't you see"
Gotta make it somehow
On the dreams you still believe
Don't give it up
You got an empty cup
Only love can fill
Only love can fill

Been walking all morning
Went walking all night
I can't see much difference
Between the dark and light

And I feel the wind
And I taste the rain
Never in my mind
To cause so much pain

Comes a time when the blind man takes your hand
Says "don't you see?"
Gotta make it somehow
On the dreams you still believe
Don't give it up
You got an empty cup
Only love can fill
Only love can fill

From day to day
Just letting it ride
You get so far away
From how it feels inside
You can't let go
'Cause you're afraid to fall
But the day may come
When you can't feel at all

Comes a time when the blind man takes your hand (note 1)
Says "don't you see?"
Gotta make it somehow
On the dreams you still believe
Don't give it up
You got an empty cup
Only love can fill
Only love can fill
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First performance: October 19, 1971, at Northrop Auditorium, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Recordings

26 Apr 1972 Hundred Years Hall
studio 1976 Reflections (Jerry Garcia)
28 Sep 1976 Dick's Picks Vol 20


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