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Jeff Buckley's best songs - My top 10
My top 10 Jeff Buckley songs
Jeff Buckley is remembered as one of the most gifted musicians and singers of his age. Here I have listed what I believe are his best 10 songs.
Top 10 Jeff Buckley songs:
1. Forget Her: A brooding song of despair, love lost and a cheating love. Despite pleas from Columbia Records Buckley explicitly asked for this song not to be included on Grace as it held too mny painful memories. Unknown who Buckley is singing about speculation centres on Buckley’s long time girlfriend Joanne Moore. It starts off in a dark sad tone then builds into haunting guitar solo with Buckley’s trademark soaring vocals.
2. Lover you should ‘ve come over: My favourite song on Grace, the lyrics trascend many of his songs and continue to be quoted by many a boy trying to win over a girl.
3. Morning theft: The beauty of this song is Buckley’s vocals laid bare. You can feel the intensity of the words in his vocals and whilst the lyrics may be a little left of centre the song itself is completely endearing and almost breathless.
4. Jewel Box: A simple but haunting tune made up of a simple guitar strum and piercing lyrics.
6. Last Goodbye: Jeff Buckley’s signature song and a hapless romantic’s favourite even though it is essentially a sad song. It is short but sweet, and has a killer sliding guitar opening.
7. Everybody Here Wants You: Very unlike other Jeff Buckley songs 'Everybody here wants you' fits more into the mainstream music than a lot of his other songs. The video clip depicts a girl waiting for Jeff at an airport but he never arrives, symbolic of his death which occurred during the making of the album the song features on: Sketches for my Sweetheart the Drunk.
8. Be your husband: A variation on Nina Simone's Be my Husband and featuring on Live at Sine’ double CD this is raw Buckley using is hands and feet to keep the rhythm and beat and let his unique voice do tricks that any singer only dreams of. Try keeping the beat the way Buckley does and see how hard it is.
9. What will you say: Although Buckley stated this wasn’t about his relationship with his father it is hard not to draw parallels with lyrics such as “Father, do you see me, do you even know me, did you even care…” Again Buckley’s voice is taken to tremendous heights and the guitar work goes along with it in one of his more edgier, harder songs.
10. I woke up in a strange place: A rock and roll tale of hard nights and harder mornings, boozing up and not knowing where the hell you end up. Jeff loved a Guinness and I’m sure he woke up with many sore head after lengthy exhausting performances.
You will notice I have left out Hallejuah. It’s a great song, no question and Buckley sings it like no other (KD Lang goes close).
Unfortunately it has been over done which has meant some criticism of Buckley and those who continue to sing it. It’s shine, it seems has been lost by too many people trying to cash in.
Now the songs above are just my opinion. Grace continues to be revered adding to the popularity of Jeff Buckley and rare songs continue to emerge from the Jeff Buckley estate. One wonders what is left to come out but his mother Mary Guibert releases new material every few years, We look forward to the next instalment.
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