“Killin ‘Time”, a song written by Clint Black and Hayden Nicholas, was recorded by Clint Black, in early 1989, between the studios: House Of David, Nashville, TN, Sound Stage Studio, Nashville, TN, Woodland Studios, Nashville, TN and Reflections Studio, Nashville, TN, in the recording session of the album, Clint was accompanied by: Hayden Nicholas (guitar and background vocals), Jeff Peterson (steel and dobro), Jake Willemain (bass), Dick Gay (drums) and John Permenter (fiddle). With the production of James Stroud and Mark Wright, the song was released on July 15, 1989, October 14, 1989, it reached # 1 on the charts of US Hot Country Songs, and remained on the charts a total of 21 weeks Two days later, on October 16, 1989, it also reached # 1 on the Canada Country Tracks charts. It was the second number one in Clint’s career.
The song was included in Clint’s debut album, Killin ‘Time (RCA 1989), the album was released on May 2, 1989, reaching # 1 of the US Top Country Albums charts, on September 23, 1989, remained number one for 31 weeks, and a total of 195 weeks remained on the charts. In the Canadian RPM Country Albums charts, It reached at number # 6. The album was certified triple platinum in the USA and platinum in Canada.
Black was a member of the ‘89 Class, that group of illustrious future superstars who made their massive debut in 1989. For Black, their Killin ’Time album was an instant hit. The first four singles of the album (“A Better Man”, “Killin ‘Time”, “Nobody’s Home” and “Walkin’ Away”) reached No. 1, and the lowest single from the album (“Nothing’s News”) was a hit No. 3. “A Better Man” and “Nobody’s Home” were honored to be declared songs number 1 of 1989 and 1990, respectively. The overwhelmingly successful project introduced the world to Black, and won the ACM for the album of the year.
Clint Black – Killin’ Time Lyrics
You were the first thing that I thought of
When I thought I drank you off my mind
When I get lost in the liquor
You’re the only one I find
And if I did the things I oughta
You still would not be mine
So I’ll keep a tight grip on the bottle
Gettin’ loose and killin’ time
This killin’ time is killin’ me
Drinking myself blind thinkin’ I won’t see
That if I cross that line and they bury me
I just might find I’ll be killin’ time for eternity
I don’t know nothin’ ’bout tomorrow
I’ve been lost in yesterday
I’ve spent all my life just dying For a love that passed away
And if there’s an end to all my sorrow
And this is the only price I’ll pay I’ll be a happy man when I go
And I can’t wait another day