Everybody Here Wants You

Today’s selection is new to me, as would be most music by the American singer-songwriter and guitarist Jeff Buckley (1966-1997); I have never been familiar with his music, and certainly not during his short lifetime.

I’ve previously posted a cover of “Song for the Siren,” by American musician Tim Buckley (1947-1975) and, for a while, had confused the two Buckleys. Reading up on them today, I learned they were father and son; Tim died of a drug overdose at age 28 when Jeff was only ten. Jeff also died prematurely and accidentally at the age of 30.

After briefly cruising around Buckley’s YouTube channel, I found “Everybody Here Wants You,” which I found quite captivating.

“Twenty-nine pearls in your kiss
A singing smile
Coffee smell and lilac skin
Your flame in me

Twenty-nine pearls in your kiss
A singing smile
Coffee smell and lilac skin
Your flame in me

I’m only here for this moment

I know everybody here wants you
I know everybody here thinks he needs you
I’ll be waiting right here just to show you
How our love will blow it all away

Hmm, such a thing of wonder in this crowd
I’m a stranger in this town
You’re free with me
And our eyes locked in downcast love
I sit here proud
Even now you’re undressed in your dreams with me

Oh, I’m only here for this moment

I know everybody here wants you
I know everybody here thinks he needs you
I’ll be waiting right here just to show you
How our love will blow it all away

I know the tears we cried
Have dried on yesterday
The sea of fools has parted for us
There’s nothing in our way
My love

Don’t you see, don’t you see?
You’re just the torch to put the flame to all our guilt and shame
And I’ll rise like an ember in your name

I know I, I know I
I know everybody here wants you
I know everybody here thinks he needs you
I’ll be waiting right here just to show you
Oh let me show you
That love can rise, rise just like embers

Love can taste like the wine of the ages, oh babe,
And I know they all looks so good from a distance
But I tell you I’m the one

I know everybody here, well, thinks he needs you
Think he needs you
And I’ll be waiting right here just to show you”

“Everybody Here Wants You,” by Jeff Buckley.
Lyrics retrieved from AZLyrics.com.

In 1996, Buckley began working on an album with the working title, My Sweetheart the Drunk. In May 1997, dissatisfied with the state of the songs, he brought on a new producer and worked on demos himself in preparation for a recording session with the full band. Buckley died while swimming in a channel of the Mississippi River in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, before that session could occur. An autopsy showed no sign of drugs or alcohol, and his death was determined to have been an accidental drowning.

After his death, many musicians wrote and/or recorded tribute songs to him, including Rufus Wainwright, Chris Cornell, Aimee Mann, PJ Harvey, Glen Hansard, and many others. Elizabeth Fraser, who sings the Cocteau Twins’ cover of father Tim’s “Song for the Siren” mentioned above, wrote the lyrics for and recorded the song “Teardrop” by Massive Attack as a tribute; Fraser and Jeff had once been in a relationship. (Some may remember “Teardrop” as the instrumental theme music for the TV series House MD.)

The song has a slow, beautifully sensual blues vibe, with Buckley singing in his higher range, contrasting with the light depth of the electric guitar, backing band and singers. On this song, his voice reminds me a little of the British-Nigerian singer Sade (b. 1959). When listening, I find it impossible not to wonder where the Buckleys’ careers would be taking them now, had they both not died so young. It gives the song title added meaning, I think.

“Everybody Here Wants You” appeared on the posthumous release, Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk (1998).

Now you know a little about why this is my Song of the Day for Today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the official music video from the Jeff Buckley YouTube channel:

With my best wishes,

Steve

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