Live @ Barley House

Wiser Time

 Written By: Chris and Rich Robinson
Played live by the Crowes: 836 times.


No time left now for shame
Horizon behind me, no more pain
Windswept stars blink and smile
Another song, another mile

You read the line every time
Ask me about crime in my mind
Ask me why another road song
Funny but I bet you never left home

On a good day, it's not every day
We can part the sea
And on a bad day, it's not every day
Glory beyond our reach

Fourteen seconds till' sunrise
Tired but wiser for the time
Lightning 30 miles away
Three thousand more in two days

On a good day, it's not every day
We can part the sea
And on a bad day, it's not every day
Glory beyond our reach

Notes: This song first appears in rehearsals in late November, 1993 at Alley Studios in North Hollywood. In the original versions from November and December, the vocal phrasing is different. By the time of the formal sessions at Conway Studios in January 1994 the final instrumental track was finished (January 16, 1994). Off of that instrumental track the phrasing of the lyrics (with the familiar harmonies) was arranged, overdubs and backing vocals were also added. The backing vocals included a "good day, bad day" refrain that would be dropped when it was re-recorded for Amorica. This version would appear on Tall.

Wiser Time was rearranged and re-recorded at Ocean Way Studios in May/June and ended up as song number 9 on Amorica. On the album and most of the time in concert, "Ballad In Urgency" segues into Wiser Time with a deeply textured jam introduced with a piano coda (this is known as "Ballad In Urgency Jam"), which defines the sound of The Black Crowes. Thus, "Ballad In Urgency" -> "Wiser Time" - the jam in the middle being ingrained and understood by fans, the word 'jam' is simply not necessary. This piano coda and jam that follows was originally 'tacked' onto the end of an Ocean Way take of A Conspiracy.
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