30 Days of Music: Day 4 – A Song That Makes You Sad

Jeff Buckley – Lover, You Should’ve Come Over

The track I’m going to pick for today’s category is Jeff Buckley’s “Lover, You Should’ve Come Over” off the album “Grace”. By itself the song does not implicitly make me sad from any bad or upsetting memories from my own life, but it does make me sad that such an enormously talented voice and songwriter would lose his life so early and so pointlessly (strangely echoing his father Tim’s early death at 28), it is also of course a very sad song on its own.

It also makes me sad that I never got to see him live, and to compound this I found out a few years ago I did have the chance as, according to Wikipedia, he played Reading Festival in 1994 which I was at! Tragically I had not then heard of him or heard any of his music, which may go some way to explaining why I don’t remember seeing his name on any of the listings.

It’s worth checking out some of the videos on Youtube from his “Mystery White Boy” live CD/DVD filmed in Chicago in 1995, I’ve seen plenty of bands live but his band at this gig are so tight, at one point Jeff changes his mind about which song they’re going to play when he’s a few bars in and the band hardly miss a step! The covers of MC5’s “Kick Out The Jams” and The Smiths’ “I Know It’s Over” on there are great as well! If you have the time they’re definitely worth checking out (“Grace“, “Eternal Life“, “Mojo Pin“, “Dream Brother“)

RIP Jeff.

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  1. #1 by Kuz on March 16, 2011 - 4:58 pm

    I’m not stalking your blog honest! But this is a great song from a great album from a great artist. Sadly missed indeed.

  2. #2 by Rich on March 16, 2011 - 6:43 pm

    😀 no, no, comments are good, at least it proves people are reading it! That sort of stalking is fine, if you were hanging around outside my house then we’d have to have words!

    Thanks for reading and keep up the comments!

  3. #3 by MickeyD on March 16, 2011 - 9:06 pm

    I LOVE that song! In fact, most of that album is pretty awesome. Song that makes me sad? The Blower’s Daughter by Damien Rice….

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