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Easy songsheet submitted by Ellen Dickson. Thanks Ellen!
TO PLAY ALONG WITH THE VIDEO IN GCEA TUNING, put your capo on the 5th fret. The EASY songsheet is meant to be played at the same time as the ADVANCED songsheet - by itself you'll miss the lovely nuances of the chord progression run-down. We'll put the ADVANCED version on the screens.
ABC originally did not intend to release the song as a single; but when Croce was killed in a plane crash in September 1973, the song's lyrics, dealing with mortality and the wish to have more time, had additional resonance. The song subsequently received a large amount of airplay as an album track and demand for a single release built. When it was eventually issued as a 7", it became his second and final No. 1 hit. After the single had finished its two-week run at the top in early January 1974, the album You Don't Mess Around with Jim became No. 1 for five weeks. In 1977, "Time in a Bottle" was used as the title for a compilation album of Croce's love songs.