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Wednesday Words – Lilac Wine

Lilac Wine” is a song written by James Shelton (words and music) in 1950.

“When I think more than I want to think
I do things I never should do
I drink much more than I ought to drink
Because it brings me back you…”

It was introduced by Hope Foye in the short-lived theater musical revue, “Dance Me a Song.” It was covered by Eartha Kitt (1953), by Judy Henske on her first, self-named album (1963), by Nina Simone on her album Wild Is The Wind (1966), was a solo hit by Elkie Brooks and appeared on her album Pearls and later by Jeff Buckley on his album Grace (1994).

It was covered live by Sarah Slean in 1997, More recently, the song was covered by Katie Melua on her debut album Call Off the Search (2003). In 2008 it was sung (Jeff Buckley version) at least once as background music in the French film Tell No One and in 2010 appeared on the Jeff Beck album Emotion & Commotion with vocals by Imelda May.

The only artist to have major chart success with the song was Elkie Brooks in 1978 and the song remains closely associated with her, especially in the UK and Europe.

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April 21, 2010 - Posted by | Fiona, Mrs D, Old Music, Video | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. […] Without doubt she isn’t, however, her mainstream image remains from that period where she logged a few Top 30 singles such as “Fool If You Think This Is Over”, “Pearl’s A Singer” and of course her best from that period “Lilac Wine” (see HERE). […]

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