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Tim & Jeff Buckley

♦  Tim Buckley  ↓  ‘Song to the Siren‘  (1968)

Long afloat on shipless oceans
I did all my best to smile
‘Til your singing eyes and fingers
Drew me loving to your isle
And you sang
Sail to me, sail to me
Let me enfold you
Here I am, here I am
Waiting to hold you

Did I dream you dreamed about me ?
Were you hare when I was fox ?
Now my foolish boat is leaning
Broken lovelorn on your rocks
For you sing
‘Touch me not, touch me not
Come back tomorrow
Oh my heart, oh my heart
Shies from the sorrow’

I am puzzled as the oyster
I am troubled as the tide
Should I stand amid your breakers ?
Or should I lie with death my bride ?
Hear me sing
‘Swim to me, swim to me
Let me enfold you
Here I am, here I am
Waiting to hold you’

◊  Father & Son  ↓ vh-1 confidential

•  Timothy Charles Buckley III  (February 14, 1947 – June 29, 1975)

Tim Buckley was an American vocalist, and musician. His music and style changed considerably through the years; his first album (1966) was mostly folk oriented, but over time his music incorporated jazz, psychedelia, funk, soul, avant-garde and an evolving «voice as instrument,» sound. He died aged 28, leaving behind wife Judy and son Taylor, and son Jeff Buckley from his marriage to Mary Guibert.

•  Jeffrey Scott «Jeff» Buckley  (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997)

On the evening of May 29, 1997, Buckley’s band flew to Memphis intending to join him in his studio there to work on the newly written material. That same evening, Buckley went swimming in Wolf River Harbor, a slackwater channel of the Mississippi River, while wearing boots and all of his clothing. Buckley had gone swimming there several times before. A roadie in Buckley’s band, Keith Foti, remained on shore only to realize  that Buckley had vanished. Despite a determined rescue effort that night, Buckley remained missing. On June 4, two locals spotted his body in the Mississippi River near a riverboat, and it was brought to land.

◊  ‘Lover, You Should’ve Come Over’  ↓

Looking out the door
I see the rain fall upon the funeral mourners
Parading in a wake of sad relations
As their shoes fill up with water

Maybe I’m too young
To keep good love from going wrong
But tonight, you’re on my mind so
You never know

Broken down and hungry for your love
With no way to feed it
Where are you tonight?
Child, you know how much I need it.
Too young to hold on
And too old to just break free and run

Sometimes a man gets carried away,
When he feels like he should be having his fun
Much too blind to see the damage he’s done
Sometimes a man must awake to find that, really,
He has no-one…

So I’ll wait for you… And I’ll burn
Will I ever see your sweet return?
Oh, will I ever learn?
Oh, Lover, you should’ve come over
Cause it’s not too late.

Lonely is the room the bed is made
The open window lets the rain in
Burning in the corner is the only one
Who dreams he had you with him
My body turns and yearns for a sleep
That won’t ever come
It’s never over,
My kingdom for a kiss upon her shoulder
It’s never over,
all my riches for her smiles when I slept so soft against her…
It’s never over,
All my blood for the sweetness of her laughter…
It’s never over,
She’s a tear that hangs inside my soul forever…

But maybe I’m just too young to keep good love
From going wrong
Oh… lover you should’ve come over…

Yes, and I feel too young to hold on
I’m much too old to break free and run
Too deaf, dumb, and blind
To see the damage I’ve done
Sweet lover, you should’ve come over
Oh, love, well I’ll wait for you
Lover, you should’ve come over
‘Cause it’s not too late.

•→ Jeff Buckley interviewed in Paris
¤  Jeff Buckley Bio  ⇔  Life and Career of the Singer-Songwriter  ⇐

He was a mystery white boy. Welcome to, and today we’re taking a look at the life and career of Jeff Buckley.

• Musical Beginnings

Jeffrey Scott Buckley was born November 17th, 1966 in Anaheim, California to a musical family. Buckley was raised by his piano- and cello-playing mother and a classic rock-loving stepfather, after his own dad – cult folk and jazz singer Tim Buckley – left prior to his birth. The young Buckley picked up his first guitar at age five and later played in his high school jazz band.

• Hollywood, New York City and Numerous Bands

In his late teens, Buckley studied music in Hollywood and began singing backup and playing guitar for diverse bands. As success eluded him, Buckley tried his luck in New York City: after performing at a tribute concert for his late father, he had a brief stint with the band Gods and Monsters in the early ‘90s. Buckley then started performing covers and his own material at coffee shops and clubs. His sets incorporated musical styles like folk, jazz and rock, and were influenced by artists he had recently discovered.

•  Live at Sin-e

It was thanks to his weekly residency at Sin-é café that people took notice of his singing and guitar playing. His budding fan base helped pique the interest of several labels and landed Buckley a contract with Columbia Records in 1992. The Live at Sin-é EP featured Buckley singing with an electric guitar, and it dropped the following year.

•  “Grace”

Next, for his full-length debut, Buckley created a fuller sound by including drums, bass and string arrangements. Grace was unveiled in 1994, and – like his earlier work – that effort comprised both original material and cover songs. Most notable was Buckley’s version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” which later gained massive popularity and became known as one of the finest examples of the singer’s work. However, Grace was not a hit upon its release; in fact, it barely made a dent on the U.S. Billboard 200 and did not find radio popularity.

 Touring and Success

Those mixed reviews turned into praise after Buckley went on the road with his band over the next few years. While honing his vocal chops and impressing crowds, Buckley received accolades from well-respected artists and was awarded one of France’s highest musical honors. He even returned to Sin-é on occasion and spent time playing bass in another band.

 Writing and Recording

Buckley began writing and recording with his musicians for a follow-up album in 1996. When these sessions proved unfruitful, Buckley began working on his music alone. During this time, he did end up collaborating with Inger Lorre, and he contributed to an Edgar Allan Poe-inspired double disc.

 New Material at Shows

In early 1997, Buckley began performing some new songs. He eventually took up a weekly residency at Barrister’s Bar in Memphis, Tennessee and continued recording demos on the side.

•  Death

Soon, Buckley was due to start rehearsals with his band. However, on May 29th, 1997, he decided to take an evening swim, and this proved to be a fatal decision: six days later, Jeff Buckley’s body was found in the Mississippi River. An autopsy later confirmed his cause of death to be accidental drowning. It was also found that Buckley was not under the influence of any substances when he died.

•  “(Sketches for) My Sweetheart the Drunk”

The double album Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk was released the next year under the supervision of Buckley’s mother. The collection was well-received by critics, who found that its demos and almost-finished songs highlighted a variety of genres, as well as Buckley’s vocal range.

•  Posthumous Releases

Other posthumous releases included the live albums Mystery White Boy and Live à L’Olympia, a collaborative compilation with Gary Lucas, and the deluxe limited edition of Grace Around the World. That project was accompanied by a Buckley tribute documentary, which set the stage for other Buckley-inspired films.

•  Re-emergence of “Grace”

As the new millennium dawned, Buckley’s Grace achieved gold status in the U.S., and was expanded into a tenth anniversary Legacy Edition. His music also returned to the charts: after “Hallelujah” was covered by an “American Idol” contestant, Buckley’s rendition topped Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs.

•  Musical Legacy

His voice and vision have already inspired many and will undoubtedly move scores more. Thanks to its use in various media, we’ll never have to say a last goodbye to Jeff Buckley or his music.

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