"I Woke Up in a Strange Place" as written by and Buckley....
Ghost calls to visit
With my keys in his pocket
Kisses in my mouth with his
Eyes hanging out of his sockets
My memories crumble
Under still resistance
I was torn out like pages
From the book of existence

I woke up in a strange place
My mind a blur and some blood on my chin
I made a call for a blackened cab
Some destination was moving on in
I remember the words that you told me
How they come down so hard, so plain
Fate is going to find your love in a
Glass of champagne

I lied to my host I told him
I knew how far I could go
When I emptied my guts out
On his brand new stereo
Well he paid me to go upstairs
And spend a night with his friend
I never want to see my face
In the mirror again

I woke up in a strange place
Music so loud that I spilled all my beer
I met a ride in that blackened cab
Some destination was all that he had
Easy now, this car is speeding up
For my last chance, crashing to freedom
Fate is going to find your love in a
Glass of champagne

Sweat pours down
You're in the back seat sleeping
And she waits by the window
On an empty bed, weeping
The ghost guns the motor
To the land that he promised me
I guess this is the time when your
Best intentions become facts again

This is no song for the dislocated
The one you loved but it turned to be hated
Because the lies of the spirit possessed you
Because the eyes of your lover resist you
Listen now, you keep your aim steady
As your temple turns to kiss the pistol
Fate is going to find your love
In a glass of champagne

Fate is going to find your love
In a glass of champagne


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"I Woke Up in a Strange Place" as written by Jeff Buckley

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  • +1
    General Commenti don't know why i like this song so much...possibley because it has so much rock angst, i guess...i particularly like the "this is my song for the dislocated....." part
    Kezon June 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI'm many years too late.
    But anyway,
    This song is about Jeffs first encounter with a very hard drug, and one of, if not the most literal lyrical pieces he ever wrote.
    It's likely the song is about smoking Crystal meth, referring to the ghost and the kissing of lips, it could be about heroin, as is Mojo Pin, anyone who knows anything about heroin (not Jeff Buckley fans, apart from me they're a very straight white middle class bunch) would relate to the chorus. "I woke up in a strange place, my mind a blur", place being a state of mind, not a physical location.
    Makes it all the more powerful knowing this of course, many of his close friends were actually shocked that he died drowning, because when they first heard he was missing, they assumed he had possibly overdosed.
    matt.robinson1202on March 19, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"i was torn out like pages
    from the book of existence"

    and when he sings "sweat pours down you're in the back seat sleeping" it makes me weak....

    i love this song...

    jeff will never be forgotten
    AlmostFreeSpiriton September 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis one's getting to me as I can't find an explination at all...also the lyrics:-
    "Love came calling as a counterfeit mistress
    Stealing from the pockets of a sadomasochist
    And she's mouthing for this place like a tongue on crystal meth" are missing and in my opinion are the best part of the song...maybe it's just the bootleg i have that they're on...I'll check mystery white man.
    the_anti_paton June 21, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe lyrics to the origional version are:-

    "ghost comes to visit with my keys in his pocket
    kisses on my mouth with his eyes rolling out of his sockets
    memories crumbling on the solid steel resistance
    i was torn out like pages from the book of existence

    i woke up in a strange place
    my mind a blur and some blood on my chin
    i made a call for that black dead cab
    my destination was moving on in
    and i remember the words that you told me,
    came down so hard, so plain
    fate is going to find your love in your glass of champagne

    love came calling as a counterfeit mistress
    stealing from the pockets of a sadomasochist
    my woman's mouthing for this place like a tongue on crystal meth
    ciggarettes smell like the fear inside my chest

    yes and I lied to my host i told him i knew how far i could go
    when i emptied my guts out on his brand new stereo
    he paid me to go on upstairs and spend a night with his friend
    i never want to see my face in the mirror again

    i woke up in a strange place
    music so loud that i spilt all my beer
    i took a ride in that blackened cab
    my destination is already here
    easy now, this car is speeding up
    for my last chance, crash into freedom
    fate is going to find your love in your glass of champagne

    sweat pours down, I'm in the back seat sleeping
    she watches from an empty bed out the window, weeping
    the ghost guns that motor to the land that he promised me
    the draw bridge abandoned and the mug needs nowhere

    this is a song for your dislocated
    the one you loved but your doomed to be hated
    because the lies of the spirit possessed you
    because the eyes of your lover resist you
    listen up boy, shouted from the bottom of a barrel heading down the rapids
    steady now keep your aim solid as your temple turns to kiss the pistol
    fate is going to find your love in your glass of champagne
    fate is going to find your love in your glass of champagne"
    the_anti_paton June 21, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat a fantastic song!!!

    Why has no one commented???
    Herenionon April 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has a very rough, cool hook. It's a song I wanted to cover the moment I heard it.

    I don't particularly know what it means, but the main line he says seems deeply profound,

    "Fate Is Gonna Find Your Lover, In A Flass Of Champagne"
    StandAbsolvedon March 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has a very rough, cool hook. It's a song I wanted to cover the moment I heard it.

    I don't particularly know what it means, but the main line he says seems deeply profound,

    "Fate Is Gonna Find Your Lover, In A Glass Of Champagne"
    StandAbsolvedon March 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFINAL EDIT: This song has a very rough, cool hook. It's a song I wanted to cover the moment I heard it.

    I don't particularly know what it means, but the main line he says seems deeply profound,

    "Fate Is Gonna Find Your Love, In A Glass Of Champagne"
    StandAbsolvedon March 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe ghost guns the motor
    to the land that he promised me
    i guess this is the time when your
    best intentions become accidents

    this is my song for the dislocated
    who want to love but who turn to be hated

    this is a great song and jeff sings it so well
    sikdawgon August 06, 2006   Link

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