Official studio version
Oh whoa whoa
Sometimes I wake up in the morning and it cuts me like a knife
I come face-to-face with my longing for another world, another life
And a time that never was
Oh a time that never was
We drove on, fueled not by the future but by a past we could never touch
Forced to run head-on collisions till we vanished in the dust
Of a time that never was
Whoa whoa whoa, the time that never was
Whoa whoa whoa whoa
So kiss me once more baby, one more kiss baby you must
Don't ever let me forget, girl, a time that never was
A time that never was
Oh whoa whoa, the time that never was
Oh whoa whoa, the time that never was
Oh whoa whoa, that never was
Oh whoa whoa whoa
Oh whoa whoa
Oh whoa whoa whoa
THE TIME THAT NEVER WAS is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on The Ties That Bind: The River Collection box set in 2015. The above lyrics are for the official studio version of THE TIME THAT NEVER WAS as released in 2015.
THE TIME THAT NEVER WAS debuted on 25 Nov 2015 on Sirius XM's E Street Radio channel, during "The Ties That Bind Radio Special". The special features snippets from the Thom Zimny's The Ties That Bind documentary, mixed in with about an hour of music previews mostly pulled from various elements of The Ties That Bind: The River Collection box set, including both of Thom Zimny's films.
According to Sony's database of Bruce Springsteen's recording sessions, THE TIME THAT NEVER WAS was recorded on 27 Jun 1979 and 16 Mar 1980 at The Power Station in New York City, NY. Only one studio take of the song has surfaced; it's the official studio version (that was released in 2015) and it must have been recorded during one of those two sessions at The Power Station. Some elements of that track may be modern, but the lead vocals are from The River sessions.
The Ties That Bind: The River Collection is a Bruce Springsteen box set released in 2015 on Columbia Records to celebrate the 35th anniversary of The River album. The 10"x12" box set contains four CDs, 2 Blu-Ray discs or 3 DVDs, and a hardcover 148-page coffee table book featuring 200 mostly unseen studio and live photographs, pages from Springsteen's notebooks, single covers, images and outtakes from the original album package, and other memorabilia documenting the album, plus a new essay by Mikal Gilmore. The box set was announced on 16 Oct 2015 and released to retail on 04 Dec 2015.
The first two discs consist of the 2014 remastered version of The River album. The third disc contains The River: Single Album, a 10-track album originally planned for release in 1979, under the title "The Ties That Bind". "The songs lacked the kind of unity and conceptual intensity I liked my music to have. So we went back in the studio," Springsteen wrote in his 1998 book Songs. He scrapped the project and went on to rework some of the songs and write and record some others, leading to the double-disc release the following year. All but one of these ten tracks were previously released.
|1.||THE TIES THAT BIND||Different version previously released on The River|
|3.||HUNGRY HEART||Previously released on The River|
|4.||STOLEN CAR||Previously released on Tracks|
|5.||BE TRUE||Previously released as a B-side and on Tracks|
|6.||THE RIVER||Previously released on The River|
|7.||YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH)||Different version previously released on The River|
|8.||THE PRICE YOU PAY||Different version previously released on The River|
|9.||I WANNA MARRY YOU||Previously released on The River|
|10.||LOOSE ENDS||Previously released on Tracks|
The fourth discs contains The River: Outtakes, a 22-track album collection consisting of outtakes from the 1979-1980 sessions that didn't make the cut for either the single- or double-album versions of The River. The CD is divided into two parts, "Record One" (the first 11 tracks) and "Record Two" (the remaining 10 tracks). The former consists of unreleased songs while the latter consists of previously released songs.
|1.||MEET ME IN THE CITY||Previously unreleased|
|2.||THE MAN WHO GOT AWAY||Previously unreleased|
|3.||LITTLE WHITE LIES||Previously unreleased|
|4.||THE TIME THAT NEVER WAS||Previously unreleased|
|5.||NIGHT FIRE||Previously unreleased|
|7.||CHAIN LIGHTNING||Previously unreleased|
|8.||PARTY LIGHTS||Previously unreleased|
|9.||PARADISE BY THE "C"||Live version previously released on Live/1975-85|
|10.||STRAY BULLET||Previously unreleased|
|11.||MR. OUTSIDE||Previously unreleased|
|12.||ROULETTE||Previously released on Tracks|
|13.||RESTLESS NIGHTS||Previously released on Tracks|
|14.||WHERE THE BANDS ARE||Previously released on Tracks|
|15.||DOLLHOUSE||Previously released on Tracks|
|16.||LIVING ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD||Previously released on Tracks|
|17.||TAKE 'EM AS THEY COME||Previously released on Tracks|
|18.||RICKY WANTS A MAN OF HER OWN||Previously released on Tracks|
|19.||I WANNA BE WITH YOU||Previously released on Tracks|
|20.||MARY LOU||Previously released on Tracks|
|21.||HELD UP WITHOUT A GUN||Previously released as a B-side|
|22.||FROM SMALL THINGS (BIG THINGS ONE DAY COME)||Previously released on The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2003 3-disc edition)|
The fifth disc contains the 60-minute documentary, The Ties That Bind, produced and directed by Grammy and Emmy-winning filmmaker Thom Zimny. The documentary features an intimate interview with Bruce Springsteen as he reflects on writing and recording of The River. The film transitions between Springsteen telling the stories behind the music — and illustrating them with solo acoustic guitar performances — interspersed with period concert footage and rare photos of him and the band in and out of the studio.
The sixth disc (on the Blu-Ray release) or sixth and seventh disc (on the DVD release) feature(s) The River Tour, Tempe 1980, a new professionally shot film consisting of 24 songs from Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's 05 Nov 1980 concert at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. The film uses four cameras and is recorded in multitrack audio and clocks at 2 hours and 40 minutes. The tapes were edited by Thom Zimny and the audio was mixed by Bob Clearmountain and mastered by Bob Ludwig.
The ten songs that are not included on The River Tour, Tempe 1980 (DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN, INDEPENDENCE DAY, FACTORY, RACING IN THE STREET, CANDY'S ROOM, THE TIES THAT BIND, STOLEN CAR, WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY, POINT BLANK, and BACKSTREETS) were later officially released on Live.BruceSpringsteen.net.
The last disc also contains The River Tour Rehearsals, which consists of a 5-song 20-minute bonus footage from Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's private rehearsals in late September 1980 at Clair Brothers Audio in Lititz, PA. Springsteen and the band can be seen working through live arrangements of what was then unreleased material from the upcoming album.
As far as it's known, Bruce Springsteen has never performed THE TIME THAT NEVER WAS live.
As far as it's known, no artist has recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's THE TIME THAT NEVER WAS.
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List of available versions of THE TIME THAT NEVER WAS on this website:THE TIME THAT NEVER WAS [Official studio version]