"Lilac Wine" as written by and James H. Shelton....
I lost myself on a cool damp night
I 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
I 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
Feel unready for my love


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"Lilac Wine" as written by James H. Shelton

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    General CommentDidn't Nina Simone sing this? It's about a woman (man in Jeff's case) who has just parted with a lover. Drinking lilac wine brings back memories of their love, but the visions are fleeting and she must go back to being alone. It's probably the saddest song I've ever heard.
    zooeyon May 11, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is extremly personal for me, as all jeff's songs are. ive had a hard time growing up with my mother. this song discribes one extremly emotional night in my life when my mother and i had a fairly violent fight, i left the house and came back later that night to find her playing that song...everytime i listen to it, i remember that night, jeff sings it in a way that i feel he is singing about my life
    slehctrahon February 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhat an incredible song. definitely one that makes my heart ache... i think that everyone who has lost someone they love can identify with the poetry of the lyrics.

    the speaker has obviously lost someone he loves, and the only way to regain her is to drink himself into oblivion. i'd like to think that he reaches her at the end... whether through a hallucination, a dream, or through death.

    jeff buckley's incredible voice carries the meaning of the song to a whole different level.
    rabidglowon October 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with the above interpretation. Many people seem to think alkies lead barren, pointless lives. This song helps to explain that alcoholics know that "real life is paler, duller and contains less potential for unexpected delirium." (Nick Hornby, Fever Pitch.)
    The price for this can be loss of family, friends, possesions and so on. So, the big question is - is it worth the price? Sometimes it is.

    "Oblivion is Privilege - It has a fee" - Richie Edwards
    badgerboyon May 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so atmospheric - I don't know what it's about, but I love it! :)
    Lilac Wineon May 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit wasn't written by jeff buckley, it's a cover but i don't remember who actually wrote it. very good cover though !! Jeff is just THE artist !
    skunkeron July 12, 2002   Link
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    General Commentohhh i know who wrote it...cant remember....read the book dream brother..its great..tells all about him and his dad..and all of their songs
    LilacWineon August 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentElkie Brooks did this dunno whether it was the original, But Jeff's Version is sooooo good.....What a waste of talent
    MyLastDayson September 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. I think it's about suicide. Lilac leaves are poisonous, and he makes a wine of it and drinks it to die and join his lover, who has already died. (Think Romeo and Juliet). But then those last lines.."I feel unready for my love". ..haunting and so moving.
    re8eccaon June 01, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti think he is trying to make a link to his alcholism when he sang this, he is just after being dumped and so he drinks and the drink causes him to question the whole thing of love
    onedoubleoon September 18, 2004   Link

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