"Grace" as written by Gary Michael Lucas and Jeff Buckley....
There's the moon asking to stay
Long enough for the clouds to fly me away
Well it's my time coming, I'm not afraid, afraid to die

My fading voice sings of love,
But she cries to the clicking of time, oh, time.
Wait in the fire, wait in the fire
Wait in the fire, wait in the fire

And she weeps on my arm
Walking to the bright lights in sorrow
Oh drink a bit of wine we both might go tomorrow
Oh my love

And the rain is falling and I believe my time has come
It reminds me of the pain I might leave, leave behind,
Wait in the fire, wait in the fire
Wait in the fire, wait in the fire

And I feel them drown my name
So easy to know and forget with this kiss
I'm not afraid to go but it goes so slow
Wait in the fire, wait in the fire, oh oh yea oh oh oh yeah unh
Wait, wait, wait in the fire, wait in the fire
Wait in the fire, wait ah uh unh ah

Lyrics submitted by pixyscope

"Grace" as written by Gary Lucas Jeff Buckley

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  • +11
    General CommentHere's what Jeff about Grace during a 1994 interview:
    "It's about not fearing death, or fearing any of those countless slings and arrows that you suffer sometimes on this earth, because somebody loves you. You're not afraid to go, you're not afraid to withstand what you need to withstand because there's a tremendous fuel that you feel regenerating inside because of someone else's love for you. That's what Grace is about. And it's just about life sometimes being so long. At the time I was anticipating leaving Los Angelos for New York. So I was waiting to go. I'm not afraid to go, I'm not afraid to die, I'm not afraid to go away from this place or from any place but it just goes so slow. And I had somebody who loved me in New York. A lot. And it was amazing. It still is."
    melusineon April 27, 2012   Link
  • +6
    General CommentJeff said this song was about "not feeling so bad about your own mortality, when you've found true love"
    angel2kisson April 09, 2004   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI think the fire is maybe what you could call the torment of existence, the continuous struggle to understand and rationalise one's own existence and being. I think in this song JB is saying that he has come to accept that the struggle cannot be won against death in the end - not that he necessarily wants to die, but more that he is no longer afraid to give in to the ultimate enigma of death, the extinguishing of the 'fire' of existence - "I'm not afraid to go but it goes so slow."

    Not at all negative in my opinion. Perhaps a little spooky in conjunction with his young death.
    caitsith01on November 25, 2004   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationThe line "wait in the fire" is a very Sufi idea, which shouldn't be surprising considering Buckley's love of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (according to wikipedia). Rumi, the most famous Islamic mystic, made this summary of his life, "And the result is not more than these three words: I burnt, and burnt, and burnt." The Sufis often say that their love for God is like a fire that cleanses the soul, burning away everything that is not God. And as the Sufi practices fine patience in the midst of this fire, the greater their ecstasy and nearness to God. Also, the miracle of love can't come from the lover, but enters from outside the lover, the lover being completely powerless, hence it's an act of grace that purifies and saves. It's such a beautiful idea put into an incredibly beautiful song.
    toastoaston September 10, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentIn Buckley's words, "It's about not feeling so bad about your own mortality when you have true love."
    TrueLiaron July 25, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Commentwhat the hell!?! I also love Jeff and feel sorrow from his death, but HE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!! Because he fucking rocked when we was alive and he still rocks when he's dead.
    callitacrushon May 12, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Commentfrom wikipedia:

    " Written about when he moved from L.A. to New York to live with someone he loved, it is about not being afraid of what lies ahead in your life, and taking that leap, in his own words from Live at Sin-é (Legacy Edition), "(It's about) not feeling so bad about your own mortality when you have true love". "
    the8eson November 06, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentJess Buckley is, was and always will be a genius and a god in my eyes, hes truly unique and will never EVER be forgotten. This song just sums his music up perfectly
    Rowleyon March 29, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"Grace" Is a masterpiece
    StandAbsolvedon March 22, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it's about a man who has long accepted his mortality and he no longer fears death but accepts him as he would a friend and that its just another part of life that we all must come to eventually.

    The woman he loves doesnt share the same views and is afraid of her mortality, afraid of death.
    "As she weeps on my arm, Walking to the bright lights in sorrow, Oh drink a bit of wine, We both might go tomorrow, Oh my love"
    She is afraid of dying, Afraid of "walking into the bright lights". He is telling her to calm down "Oh drink a bit of wine" and to not be afraid. That death can come at any time "We both might go tomorrow".

    When the man's death does come, He knows that people will be sad and mourn him and "It reminds me of the pain I might leave behhind". Yet eventually they will all forget him "drown out his name" and that his name and his legacy will soon follow with him in death "So easy to know and forget with this kiss" He refers to the kiss of death. That while people will mourn him when he passes (As everyone does after the death of a loved one) they will eventually move on and forget him as time passes.

    The last line of the song "Im not afraid to go but it goes so slow" refers to him knowing that even though he accepts death and is waiting for it with open arms, He cant decide when he goes or not. That Death will eventually come for him on its own. He simply has to wait for the time that Death comes and the time "goes so slow"
    asylumspadezon November 01, 2011   Link

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