Grace (Jeff Buckley song)

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JB - Grace Single.jpg
Single by Jeff Buckley
from the album Grace
RecordedBearsville Recording Studio, Woodstock, NY (Fall 1993)
Jeff Buckley singles chronology
"Last Goodbye"

"Grace" is the title track from Jeff Buckley's first album Grace (1994). It was the album's first single, and was also released as a video.

The song was based on an instrumental song called "Rise Up to Be" written by Buckley's collaborator, Gary Lucas. Jeff wrote lyrics inspired by his saying goodbye to his girlfriend at the airport on a rainy day, and the vocal melody came naturally.[1] In Buckley's words, "It's about not feeling so bad about your own mortality when you have true love."

In a MuchMusic interview in 1994, Buckley said, "the song itself is's an elegy; to no one, about...I always describe it as not fearing anything, anyone, any man, any woman, any war, any gun, any sling or arrow aimed at your heart by other people because there is somebody, finally, who loves you for real, and that you can achieve a real state of grace through somebody else's love in you." He added, "everybody knows what it's like to create an artistic moment; so-called artistic moment, because it's really just heightened humanism; just a heightened human language. If you've spent a night making love, you know exactly what it means to strip your ego, down, where you are there, expressing yourself, wordlessly, collaborating on a moment that has an energy about it that is replenishing or even completely inspirational in a way that you could never imagine. That's the way art really is." Later in the interview, Buckley concluded by saying, "grace is what matters, in anything, especially life, especially growth, tragedy, pain, love, death; about people, that's what matters. That's a quality I admire very greatly. It keeps you from reaching for the gun too quickly. It keeps you from destroying things too foolishly. It sort of keeps you alive; and it keeps you open for more understanding."

Buckley invited Lucas to play on the album, along with "Mojo Pin"; two songs that Lucas had created the main riffs for, and Buckley had expanded upon, making up the "Grace" heard on the album, and earlier on Songs to No One 1991–1992; these songs were prominent in gigs around 1991 onwards.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Grace"
  2. "Tongue"
  3. "Kanga-Roo"
  4. "Grace"

Track listing Australian single[edit]

  1. "Grace"
  2. "Grace (live)"
  3. "Mojo Pin (live)"
  4. "Hallelujah (live)"

Use in exams[edit]

In 2008, the British exam board Edexcel added "Grace" to their GCSE Music syllabus, and is now used as one of the 12 set works covered in the course.[2]


Chart (1996) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 91


  1. ^ Browne, David (2001). Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley. Harper Collins. p. 140. ISBN 0061076082.
  2. ^ "Music: Rock music". BBC.
  3. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 14 Apr 1996". (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 2017-08-04. N.B. The HP column displays the highest peak reached.

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