"One Step Out of Time", written and composed by Paul Davies, Tony Ryan, and Victor Stratton, was the United Kingdom's entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 1992, performed by Michael Ball.
After the disappointing result Samantha Janus received on behalf of the United Kingdom at Rome in 1991, the UK national final, A Song for Europe, was retooled. Reverting to the selection process which decided the entries from 1964 to 1975, a singer was picked internally by the BBC, and the public would vote on which song would go with them to the Eurovision finals. Michael Ball sang eight songs on A Song for Europe 1992, and "One Step Out of Time," performed seventh, emerged as the winner by an overwhelming margin (over 60,000 telephone votes separated the first and second place finishers).
The song was a mid-tempo ballad, relating the singer's comfort with being "one step out of time" in relation to rejecting the reality around him, instead pining after his former lover. Not accepting that his relationship is over, and spurning the disapproval of his friends, he wishes to put "his love on the line" one more time, imploring his former lover to just let him know what he had done wrong.
The song was included on the album Past and Present which was released on 9 March 2009.
Before Eurovision, the song débuted and peaked at #20 on the UK Singles Chart, and stayed in the chart for 7 weeks .