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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… read more

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Never thought of Hades
Under the Mississippi
But still I've come for to sing for him
So southern furies

Rufus Wainwright - Memphis Skyline Lyrics

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  • Jeff lives on.
  • the more i hear this the more i love it. he plays with such longing..
  • To Jeff Buckley ...
  • This song brings me so much emotion/memories that I can't stand it. It's like heath wave.
  • Even if this had been about someone else it wouldn't change how beautiful this song is an inch. [2]
  • Even if this had been about someone else it wouldn't change how beautiful this song is an inch.
  • 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.
  • why do i fucking love this song so much!!
  • beautiful
  • we miss you jeff

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