Lilac Wine
Cover of J. Shelton
I lost myself on a cool damp night
Gave myself in that misty light
Was hypnotized by a strange delight
Under a lilac tree

I made wine from the lilac tree
Put my heart in its recipe
It makes me see what I want to see
And be what I want to be

When I think more than I want to think
Do things I never should do
I drink much more that I ought to drink
Because it brings me back you

Lilac wine is sweet and heady, like my love
Lilac wine, I feel unsteady, like my love
Listen to me... I cannot see clearly
Isn't that she coming to me nearly here?

Lilac wine is sweet and heady where's my love?
Lilac wine, I feel unsteady, where's my love?

Listen to me, why is everything so hazy?
Isn't that she, or am I just going crazy, dear?

Lilac wine, I feel unready for my love...
Written by J. Shelton, performed by Nina Simone.

'I've only heard Nina Simone's...And that's the only one that matters. There's one by Ertha Kitt. There's one by Elkie Brooks, which I've never, ever heard. There's another one. But they've done it, but Nina does it best. That's the end all of it. That's the be all end all version. She's the king.' -- Jeff Buckley (Harris, Steve. Rockin' On (Japanese magazine), November 4, 1994)

'So let me tell you a story, this is for all the men in the tent, for all the men that fuck up with their women and have to drink. I know you've done it, said the wrong thing, didn't say the right, looked at somebody funny, criticized their favourite TV-program, something really really stupid, that you know you shouldn't have done, and so you get messed up on lilac wine.' -- Jeff Buckley (Roskilde, Denmark, 1995-06-30)

'This is a song that I find myself singing to myself a lot.' -- Jeff Buckley (Sandrigham Hotel, Perth, Australia, 02/25/96) (perhaps commenting on his own relationships with the women in his life)
Known Performances: (showing 10 of 94 results)
93-06-06 Sin-e, New York, New York, America
93-12-18 CBGB 313 Gallery, New York, New York, America
94-01-20 Paradise Lounge, San Francisco, California, America
94-06-18 Fez Under Time Cafe, New York, New York, America
94-06-19 'The Music Faucet', 91.1 WFMU, East Orange, New Jersey, America
94-06-25 Club Soda, Montreal, , Canada
94-07-25 Above Brainwash, San Francisco, California, America
94-07-29 McCabe's Guitar Shop, Santa Monica, California, America
94-08-03 Chicago House, Austin, Texas, America
94-09-01 The Garage, Finsbury Park, London, England