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July 11, 2020

Gene Clark’s “She Don’t Care About Time”

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In 2017, Mary Anne and I had the privilege of seeing Chris Hillman with his longtime partners Herb Pedersen and John Jorgenson at the Cactus Cafe at UT-Austin. It’s a relatively intimate venue, and I have been following Hillman’s work for nearly 50 years, so the performance was a bit transcendent for me. One of the many highlights of the show (which was riding on the wave of Hillman’s Tom Petty-produced album, the last thing Petty did before his passing) was Hillman’s performance of Gene Clark’s song “She Don’t Care About Time,” which Hillman and Clark of course recorded together as the B-side of the Byrds’ 1966 hit “Turn Turn Turn.” Hillman and Clark had a long history together after the initial run of The Byrds (look for my piece on their early 80’s band FLYTE elsewhere on this blog), and I’m sure there were many tears in the audience’s eyes as Hillman made his comments about Gene and turned in such a deep and thoughtful version of “She Don’t Care About Time.” One reason that Gene Clark’s music has such a connection to listeners is that his best songs feel like a poetic soul is sharing a confidence with you, the listener, in a way that seems beautiful and profound but also conversational, and welcoming, and it often leaves the listener with the feeling that some personal truth of our own has been felt and understood by this poet and shared in confidence between him and us. There’s also an elusive, inscrutable element to his lyrics that allow us to re-visit them for 50+ years and have them seem fresh and new and able to adapt to our own growth and new understandings.

Gene Clark was in a league of his own. So many first-rate singer-songwriters have said, in one way or another, “I think I’m good at what I do, and I’ve written some songs I’m really proud of, but I am definitely not on Gene Clark’s level. Gene was beyond all of us.”

I was happy to find online a performance by Chris Hillman of “She Don’t Care About Time” a few months after the one I saw, with Herb but minus John, and I’d like to share that with you. Hillman’s first recordings were in 1963, with the Scottsville Squirrel Barkers for the Crown budget-label in L.A. That is 57 years ago. Thank you, Chris Hillman, for the excellent work pretty much every year since then, never giving up, always moving on, always the professional who cares about giving the public what they paid for while keeping the purity of his art. That’s a hard balance to keep, and few have done it as well as Hillman (and also Roger McGuinn).

The link is right below….enjoy….


CHRIS HILLMAN & HERB PEDERSEN, “She Don’t Care About Time”…. Fort Collins, Colorado, 5/19/2018 


Here, the master himself re-interprets the song, as he often did, in a version that will stop you in your tracks.

GENE CLARK, “She Don’t Care About Time”… From the live album “Gene Clark & Carla Olson – Silhouetted in Light”.  Recorded in L.A. Feb. 1990.


And here is one of my own most-played covers of the song, from the Flamin’ Groovies at their Byrds-iest.

THE FLAMIN’ GROOVIES, “She Don’t Care About Time”….from the early 1980’s Goldstar Sessions, which I originally owned on a Skydog 12” EP.


in memory of GENE CLARK (1944-1991)

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