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It's In The Way That You Use It

by

Eric Clapton



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This was written for the movie The Color Of Money, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Paul Newman and Tom Cruise as pool sharks. It appeared on the soundtrack before Clapton's album was released.
Clapton wrote this with Robbie Robertson, who's work with The Band in the '60s encouraged Clapton to get away from the long, heavy solos he was playing with Cream. Robertson was in charge of the music for The Color Of Money, but because he was not finished with his first solo album, his record company would not let him sing on any of the songs. He got around it by contributing instrumental songs to the soundtrack.
The original title was "The Gift."
Gary Brooker, formerly a member of Procol Harum, sang backup. He played keyboards on Clapton's 1981 album Another Ticket.
This was the first track on the album, which was named after the month Clapton's son Conor was born.
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Comments (10):

I believe that we all have something to share in life. We are all unique and a considerable amount of my efforts have gone to utilising both the similarities and differences I have with others to establish sustainability and an ever-expanding breadth to my life and the life of others. Its a good way to live and this song allows me to maintain focus in that effort. Thanks Eric Clapton and everyone else involved in bringing it to my ears.
- Tom, Sydney, Australia
This was perfect for "The Color of Money", not overdone, the right scenes from the movie are used.
- Kevin, Memphis , TN
"The Gift" (the working title of the song) is actually the Japanese title. And Phil Collins did not produce this song, though he did do the rest of the August album.
- Miles, Vancouver, Canada
OK :) It is in the way that I use it!
- Angie, Johannesburg, South Africa
I agree also that this is very underrated. I saw eric clapton about a year ago and i was kinda hoping that he would do this song. But it was still amazing. The solo on this song is awesome!!
- rusty, lake park, MN
On an Eric Clapton radio special, Clapton described the writing process with Robbie Robertson as being really hairy. They were splitting hairs over the various rhymes in the song and were not writing in person, but over the phone.
- paige, Newark, NJ
Very Underrated song!!Besides talents or gifts, it also works as philosophy for life itself...a great perspective, and a great song!!!One of my favorites.
- lisa, antioch, CA
Yes, very underrated song. In response to Marielle below, although the parent album August was mainly produced by Phil Collins, this track was produced by Clapton with long time associate Tom Dowd. It does sound like a Phil Collins song though.
- Josh, Melbourne, Australia
I love this song. One of Clapton's best. Does not get enough credit
- Mike, Hueytown , AL
The song was produced by Phil Collins.

It was released as a single (I own it on 45) the B-side was called Grand Illusion.
- Marielle, Brisbane, Australia
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