Eternal Life (song)

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"Eternal Life"
Jeff Buckley - Eternal Life.jpg
Single by Jeff Buckley
from the album Grace
Released August 1995
Format CD
Recorded Bearsville Recording Studio, Woodstock, NY (Fall 1993)
Genre Hard rock
Length 4:52
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Jeff Buckley
Jeff Buckley singles chronology
"So Real"
"Eternal Life"
"Everybody Here Wants You"
Grace track listing
"Corpus Christi Carol"
"Eternal Life"
"Dream Brother"

"Eternal Life" is a song composed by Jeff Buckley and is track #9 on his album Grace. It also has a video. It is believed to have been influenced by a long-time love for Led Zeppelin's music and a wish to emulate them in this song. The track is something of an exception on the album, featuring aggressive, overdriven guitar noises that contrast with the more intimate, melodic format that otherwise characterizes the album. "Eternal Life" can also be found on his 1993 EP Live at Sin-é.

Captured on the Live at Sin-é release, is an explanation as to the meaning of this song:

This is a song about... it's an angry song. Life's too short and too complicated for people behind desks and people behind masks to be ruining other people's lives, initiating force against other people's lives, on the basis of their income, their color, their class, their religious beliefs, their whatever...

In Jeff's own words, "Eternal Life" was inspired by anger over "the man that shot Martin Luther King, World War II, slaughter in Guyana and the Manson murders."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Eternal Life"
  2. "Eternal Life" (road version)
  3. "Last Goodbye" (live and acoustic in Japan)
  4. "Lover, You Should've Come Over" (live and acoustic in Japan)