Memphis Skyline (4:51)

Cover of Want Two

From Want Two and 5 other releases

This song is a tribute to the late singer Jeff Buckley, who drowned in Memphis in the Wolf River (a tributary of the Mississippi) on May 29, 1997. The two met briefly in the 1990s when Wainwright was an up-and-coming act. By this time, Buckley had already released his first album Grace, and was well on his way to stardom. He has said that he had been irritated that Buckley played at Sin-é, a café on the Lower East Side, as Wainwright had been rejected three times by the club. The two met several months prior to Buckley’s drowning, during a gig by Wainwright. Buckley helped out with some technical problems, and the two chatted over beers for a few hours. The song references “Hallelujah”, a Leonard Cohen song covered by Buckley and later by Wainwright.


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  • HenryBadaroh

    Jeff lives on.

    23 Jan 8:23pm Reply
  • impressme47

    the more i hear this the more i love it. he plays with such longing..

    11 Apr 2011 Reply
  • revolution_II

    To Jeff Buckley ...

    12 Jul 2010 Reply
  • LongLiveTheD

    This song brings me so much emotion/memories that I can't stand it. It's like heath wave.

    24 Jun 2009 Reply
  • LongLiveTheD

    Even if this had been about someone else it wouldn't change how beautiful this song is an inch. [2]

    23 May 2009 Reply
  • divinemissh

    Even if this had been about someone else it wouldn't change how beautiful this song is an inch.

    23 May 2009 Reply
  • eddijou

    Gorgeous. I loved it the moment I heard it the day the album came out. It was great to see him perform a snippet of it on "Elvis Costello with...." just recently.

    18 Jan 2009 Reply
  • kurt658

    why do i fucking love this song so much!!

    5 Oct 2008 Reply
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    19 Sep 2008 Reply
  • libradog

    we miss you jeff

    10 Sep 2008 Reply
  • apres_moi

    rip jeff buckley. i love this song.

    15 Jul 2008 Reply
  • emma-lu

    No Shouts! Absolutely beautiful song! Among his best.

    30 Apr 2008 Reply

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