"Essence" as written by and Lucinda Williams....
Baby, sweet baby, you're my drug
Come on and let me taste your stuff

Baby, sweet baby, bring me your gift
What surprise you gonna hit me with

[Chorus]
I am waiting here for more
I am waiting by your door
I am waiting on your back steps
I am waiting in my car
I am waiting at this bar
I am waiting for your essence

Baby, sweet baby, whisper my name
Shoot your love into my vein

Baby, sweet baby, kiss me hard
Make me wonder who's in charge

[Chorus]

Baby, sweet baby, I want to feel your breath
Even though you like to flirt with death

Baby, sweet baby, can't get enough
Please come find me and help me get fucked up

[Chorus]

Your essence
Your essence


Lyrics submitted by MsBojangles77

"Essence" as written by Sam Williams Mark Stephen Gardener

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group, CONEXION MEDIA GROUP, INC.

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    General CommentWow, no comments so far?! I LOVE this song - so unadulterated and emotional. The lyrics are pretty basic but the emotion in her voice (especially the way she says, "Baby, sweet baby" makes the listener feel what she feels - utter need for this other person. Love it. Everyone deserves to feel this desperate for someone, and also everyone should feel this desired by someone!
    musicISmytrueloveon August 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment I also love this song -- the way it puts the songwriter's desire right out there, plain as day -- "the utter need" as musicISmytruelove put it. Few songwriters are as bold as Lucinda Williams and able to write a line such as "Please come find me and help me, get fucked up."
    I recently read somewhere that Lucinda Williams had a bad heroin addiction for several years. If so, her drug use clearly informs the lyrics, as the words she uses to describe her total dependency on who she desires seem to be a perfect description of drug use. In fact, one could almost argue that the song is about loving drugs.
    openroadon September 01, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat interpretation openroad. I always thought this song was about love addiction, using drugs as a metaphore, but you're right that it could be the other way around.
    MamboManon January 11, 2012   Link
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    General CommentGreat interpretation openroad. I always thought this song was about love addiction, using drugs as a metaphore, but you're right that it could be the other way around.
    MamboManon January 11, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationGreat song from a great songwriter.I do not believe that this song is about drugs,at least not the drugs that we all tend to think of first,the literal ones.
    This song is about the attraction one can have for another.She is comparing her longing for him to the longing that a junkie has for his heroin,or whatever drug of choice.
    Jessguessinon July 16, 2014   Link
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    My OpinionIn just a few words Lucinda captures the feeling of fear and the thrill of being at your most vulnerable and past caring. Deliriously beautiful song.
    vermouth4uon September 16, 2014   Link

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