Lilac Wine (4:32)

Cover of Grace

From Grace and 37 other releases

Lilac Wine is a song with words & music by James Shelton (Lilac Wine, 1950) - introduced by Hope Foye (“Lilac Wine”, in the short-lived theatre musical revue, “Dance Me a Song”). It was covered by: Eartha Kitt (Lilac Wine, 1953), Helen Merrill (Lilac Wine, on “Helen Merrill With Strings”, 1955), Judy Henske (“Lilac Wine”, on her eponymous début LP, 1963), Nina Simone (“Lilac Wine”, on “Wild Is the Wind”, 1966), Elkie Brooks (Lilac Wine, on “Pearls”, 1978 - to date, the biggest hit rendition & the song remains closely associated with her , especially in the UK), Jeff Buckley (Lilac Wine, on his “Grace” début, 1994 - used, least once, as background music in the French film “Tell No One”), Sarah Slean (“Lilac Wine”, live, 1997), Katie Melua (“Lilac Wine”, on her “Call Off the Search” début, 2003), The Cinematic Orchestra (“Lilac Wine”, on 50 Years of Dr. Martens, 2010) & Lizz Wright (“Lilac Wine”, aka “Lilac Wine (Live in Warsaw)”, 2010 - in tribute to Nina Simone).

The lyrics form a narrative, in which experiences with the lilac tree are recounted - lilac wine made from it, & a loved one. It evokes his feelings of love, loss, pleasure & confusion - in the lyrics - that are, arguably, subject to broad interpretation.


Everyone’s tags

More tags

Preview this track (0:30)

Position: 00:00

Albums featuring this track (38)

Similar Tracks

  Track   Duration Listeners
Jeff Buckley - So Real 4:39 289,388
Jeff Buckley - Mojo Pin 5:42 302,922
Elliott Smith - Alameda 3:42 208,605
Nick Drake - Things Behind The Sun 3:54 279,802
Nick Drake - Which Will 2:56 270,136
Elliott Smith - Between the Bars 2:21 354,298

Listening Trend

315,666listeners all time
1,589,003scrobbles all time
Recent listeners trend:

Explore more

Listen to, buy or share


Send Ringtones to Cell

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

MetroLyrics Full lyrics at MetroLyrics


Leave a comment. Log in to or sign up.

Listening Now

Top Listeners