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Reason To Believe
Tim Hardin
Tim Hardin
Have you recently discovered Tim Hardin? What do his songs mean to you? What do you think of the two versions of this song?

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His music to me sounds like the struggle of a man trying desperately to ignore his demons.

Penny, Warwick

Jo Ann, Birmingham, AL, USA
No one sang any of Tim's songs like he did. I only wish i could have heard him in person.

Glen, Wallasey
I think the best and most melodic interpretation of this song is Wilson Phillips from their self-titled album - How about adding this to the list of covers?

Malcolm Norwich
I was lucky enough to see Tim Hardin play live at Coventry College of Education in the early 1970's. His performance of this song made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. An unforgetable experience. A much underated songwriter who deserves much wider acclaim.

rob wallser plymouth
I didn't know much about Tim Hardin until recently, when I chanced upon a guitar songbook which contained this and several more songs I realised I knew. How he has remained a fringe figure has always been a mystery, but one lives in hope of a Nick Drake style revision.

Chris (57) - Dorking, England
The recent BBC Radio2 documentary on Tim Hardin was fascinating. I remember first hearing his only UK hit single of 1967 at a record shop in a very depressing Elephant and Castle shopping precinct, as they were called then, in South London while at the London College of Printing Art College. It was an exceptional song at the time being so simple but emotive and I never forgot it and also inspired me to try to write a few songs myself. I was reminded of him recently on a Bobby Darin CD who gave Tim credit for 'If I Were A Carpenter'. 'Reason To Believe' is also a great song and thankfully Rod Stewart's version does his song justice in Rod's own style. Was also interested that Tim and Tom Rush played at the same festival. Hopefully there will be a BBC Radio2 documentary on Tom soon - another great singer songwriter from the past and nice to know they must have met at the beginning of their careers...

Rob London
I have loved Tim Hardins music since i first heard Hang on to a dream and have still never heard a more poignant love song.

Penny, Warwick
I've just started getting into Tim Hardin and am really enjoying his folksy sound. His music to me sounds like the struggle of a man trying desperately to ignore his demons.

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