"Moodswing Whiskey" as written by and Buckley/tighe....
Mood swing whiskey
Drank it all in the morning
Waiting for the dark to move in
Sitting in my step-sister's kitchen
Horseflies on the window sill
Eyes trained on the lemon king
And wishing it were a gun

I'm thinking of our wedding rings
Trapped inside the heater
Spring water on the floor of this
Sex starved room

The nightmare's fires burn
The waves of bliss
I tried to stop it with my hand
I was lost in the kiss
With you

Mood swing whiskey
Your bliss, the actress,
Bliss, the assassin
Bliss, the abyss

Did a crazy shot of whiskey
In about zero to sixty
All I could see was the beer

I face the future with a drink in my right
Eyes to the sparkling gloom
Body naked, afraid, and amazed

Say boost me up to your junkyard paradise
Boost me up to your junkyard paradise
With a sweet-ass photo of you

She cheated, and she lied, and you stole her
Stung my tongue just like
Sweat from her shoulder

Ooh, mood swing whiskey
Your love, the destroyer
Love, the destroyer
Love, love...

Yes mood swing whiskey has my brain
Only you can break this chain
Are you here in my bed again
Can you hear my love again (x4)

Run down the subway station babe
I'm packing my rod
All and present histories erased
I am a punishing god
Mood swing whiskey
Yeah the leaves are made of
Messy things again

And I said this is all the headless acrobats
Faces crushed in the circus dust
All for the law of gravity
And the price of admission

Beautiful loser warm hearts have let you down
Beautiful loser warm hearts have left you
Oh no, you...

I think of mankind in quotation marks
Ever since I took a drink from you
This is for all the headless acrobats
Faces crushed in the circus dust
All in the name of gravity
And the price of admission

Beautiful loser while eyes have let you now
Beautiful loser while eyes have let you now
Cause you're beautiful

I think of mankind in quotation marks
Ever since I took a drink of you


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"Moodswing Whiskey" as written by Jeff Buckley Michael Tighe

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  • +1
    General CommentIt's 'lemon peel', not 'lemon king', and 'your nightmare falls around me in waves of bliss', not 'the nightmare's fires burn the waves of bliss'

    I'm assuming this is from the mystery white boy version, because I know Jeff varied his lyrics quite a lot, so if this is from a bootleg version (heaven forbid ;)) then you might be right, but in the official version those are the right lyrics.

    Can't believe nobody has commented on this song! It's great! Very dark, I love how it builds up at the end with the line 'this is for all the headless acrobats, faces crushed in the circus dust'. I also love the line 'bliss the actress, bliss the assassin, bliss the abyss'. Great stuff, pretty dark though.
    happyphantomon January 19, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSeedy.

    I totally agree with stendec. First of all I wasn't too keen on this song but now it's not just one of my favourite Jeff tunes but songs of all time.

    It's the words of an alcoholic, an abusive husband. You're to be scared of this guy.

    I like the reference to God, as Alcoholism can be like a religion in a negative way.
    "Punishing God... Prodical son has returned" might be his return to a drunken state after trying to fight his dependancy and the dominance of drink.

    The acrobats, now this is interesting. "All in the name of Gravity" - unavoidable for everyone, acrobats fighting something that is near impossible and they do it for money, a dig at human society?

    BEAUTIFUL LOSER - this is a reference to the book by Leonard Cohen, one of Jeff's greatest influences. I actually own this book but have never read it so no clues for this part...

    The last line is from a total cynical outlook. Very clever. That perhaps, drink may clear a mind and detaches a man from society so he may critise it?
    stinaribenaon May 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFirst of all, this is a great song, probobly my favorite song by Jeff. The lyrics are really dark and deep. I think its about a guy who's wife left him and he drinks all the time to kill the pain. The character in the story has gone as low in life as possible and theres no way out. The subway part I belive is about him going completly crazy with nothing else to do but to muder and take his own life. Then my favorite part is about the acrobats. He is suming up the story saying, this is for all the headless acrobats, faces crushed in the circus dust, all in the name of gravity, and the price of admission. He's saying, this song is for all of the losers that are stuck down in a pit of depression and theres nothing they can do about it, (this is the gravity part). It also is saying that people love to see people get hurt, (this being emotional hurt), and they would even pay to see it done. Then he repeats beautifull loser, meaning that he is stuck at the end but he is still a good person.
    buckleyaic93on April 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti suppose with these types of songs, the atmosphere is what's most important, the lyrics are there to be enjoyed as it is, interpretation just spoils the fun. honestly i really disliked this song when i first heard it, but as I grew into the album I learned to cherish it, its nuances, its lack of consistency. and the way he sings it, very rude and carefree, yet still emotional. i love that junkyard paradise part, and that yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. so very head-sticky.
    stendecon April 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti must say, the closing couplet is one of the most interesting i've heard in awhile. i will admit that this is also a song that i overlooked for quite some time since it's not as.... 'catchy'?
    cuomoon January 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMood swing whiskey,
    Drank it all in the trailer,
    Waiting for the dark to move in

    Sitting in my step-sister's kitchen,
    Horseflies on the window sill ,
    Eyes trained on the lemon peel,
    And wishing it were a gun

    I'm thinking of our wedding rings,
    Trapped inside the heater,
    Spring water on the floor of this sex starved room

    Nightmare's fall around me,
    In waves of bliss,
    I tried to stop it with my hand,
    I was lost in the kiss,
    With you,
    Mood swing whiskey,

    You’re bliss, the actress,
    Bliss, the assassin,
    Bliss, the abyss

    Did a crazy shot of whiskey,
    In about zero to sixty,
    All I could see was the beer
    Singing true a melody with a drink in my right hand,
    Eyes sparkling, afraid, and amazed

    I said boost me up to your junkyard paradise,
    I said boost me up to your junkyard paradise
    Baby I need a sweet-ass photo of you

    She cheated, and she lied, and you stole her,
    Stung my tongue just like sweat from her shoulder
    Ooh, mood swing whiskey,
    Your love, the destroyer, Love, the destroyer Love, love...

    Yes mood swing whiskey flood my brain,
    Only you can break this chain,
    I need her in my bed again,
    You, you, you, you (x4)

    Going down to the subway station,
    Packing a rod,
    All unnecessary histories erased

    I am a punishing god,
    You Mood swing whiskey,
    Your prodigal son has returned

    This is for all the headless acrobats,
    Faces crushed in the circus dust
    All in the name of gravity,
    And the price of admission,

    Beautiful loser warm hearts have let you down,
    Beautiful loser warm hearts have left you,
    Because you’re beautiful

    I think of mankind in quotation marks,
    Ever since i took a drink from you
    Billy_Shearson May 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFirst of all, this is a great song, probobly my favorite song by Jeff. The lyrics are really dark and deep. I think its about a guy who's wife left him and he drinks all the time to kill the pain. The character in the story has gone as low in life as possible and theres no way out. The subway part I belive is about him going completly crazy with nothing else to do but to muder and take his own life. Then my favorite part is about the acrobats. He is suming up the story saying, this is for all the headless acrobats, faces crushed in the circus dust, all in the name of gravity, and the price of admission. He's saying, this song is for all of the losers that are stuck down in a pit of depression and theres nothing they can do about it, (this is the gravity part). It also is saying that people love to see people get hurt, (this being emotional hurt), and they would even pay to see it done. Then he repeats beautifull loser, meaning that he is stuck at the end but he is still a good person.
    buckleyaic93on April 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think of "mankind" in question marks...

    what a great, great line. I haven't listened to MWB in a long time, and this song I must have overlooked. Wow, what great writing.
    timere242on August 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentShe cheated, and she lied, and you stole her,
    Stung my tongue just like sweat from her shoulder
    Ooh, mood swing whiskey,
    Your love, the destroyer, Love, the destroyer Love, love...

    Yes mood swing whiskey flood my brain,
    Only you can break this chain,
    I need her in my bed again,
    You, you, you, you


    he had a way of capturing that emotion.just the tip of that emotion so raw so beautiful. it touches someplace i didn't know was there. i miss him... im desperate you're gone. i need to hear this song again.
    Thandiwandion November 27, 2008   Link

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