|Single by Elkie Brooks|
|from the album Pearls|
|Song by Jeff Buckley from the album Grace|
|Recorded||Bearsville Recording Studio, Woodstock, NY (Fall 1993)|
|Grace track listing|
"Lilac Wine" is a song written by James Shelton (words and music) in 1950. It was introduced by Hope Foye in the short-lived theater musical revue, Dance Me a Song. The song has since been covered by many famous artists including Eartha Kitt, Nina Simone, Elkie Brooks, John Legend, Jeff Buckley, Jeff Beck, Miley Cyrus, Katie Melua and The Cinematic Orchestra.
The lyrics form a narrative in which the narrator recounts his/her heartache at losing a lover and taking solace from wine made from a lilac tree. In short, the song focuses on the blissful oblivion achieved by becoming intoxicated. The inspiration was taken from a line in the 1925 novel Sorrow in Sunlight (published in America as Prancing Nigger) by Ronald Firbank. In Chapter IV the main character, Miami Mouth, circulates through a party "offering a light, lilac wine, sweet and heady".
"Lilac Wine" has been covered by a number of artists including Eartha Kitt (1953), Judy Henske on her debut, self-titled album (1963), Nina Simone on her album Wild Is the Wind (1966), Elkie Brooks (1978) and Jeff Buckley on his album Grace (1994). The Jeff Buckley version was used as background music in the 2008 French film Tell No One. In 2010 it appeared on the Jeff Beck album Emotion & Commotion with vocals by Imelda May. The Argentinian alternative rock band Panza has also covered "Lilac Wine" on their 2007 album Pequeños Fracasos (Little Failures). It was released as a single in 2010 by American singer Jordyn Jackson. In 2011 pianist Brad Mehldau released a solo piano version of this song on his Live in Marciac recording.
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. It was later included on her 1981 album Pearls.
Miley Cyrus performed the song in 2012 as part of her "Backyard Sessions".
- Jordyn Jackson official - music
- Jurek, Thom. "Brad Mehldau Live in Marciac - Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
- ChartArchive - "Lilac Wine" - Elkie Brooks(Link redirected to OCC website)