Jeff Buckley's Message from the Afterlife
Jeff Buckley's Message from the Afterlife
Music Incider Magazine
Jeff Buckley provides an eerie and addictive listen to this great master who left a legacy of great music, even far after his passing in 1997.
Son by birth to famous 1960s-1970s singer-songwriter, Tim Buckley, he was raised by his mother Mary Guibert and his stepfather, Ron Moorhead.
After completing a tour in 1996, he moved to Memphis. In May 1997, Buckley was swimming in the Wolf River Harbor Tributary of the Mississippi with Keith Fotie (roadie who stood ashore). Buckley drowned and his body was found a few days later.
Jeff is dead 10 years now, and everyone seems to forget him. The only one who truly remembers him are his mother, his record label, his true hard-core fans and fellow musicians. Kurt Cobain is remembered what seems like every day. They make a big stink over John Lennon. But, nobody can remember Jeff? Nobody can remember the happiness, honesty and inspiration he brought to people's lives?
When you look at the pictures of Jeff Buckley, you see that psychic sparkle. He knew what he was doing with each song. The problem is that the press needs to give him more coverage. When we went to his site a few years back, you could have a candle lit for him on his anniversary. MI had a candle lit for him.
This is to his mother, Mary. Mary, if I was to pick anyone to play the life of his son it would either be Johnny Depp or Val Kilmer. Please don't pick Lucas Rossi. He can't raise a finger to Jeff musically or in his stage presence.
This is just my honest opinion, Mary. The book, Dream Brother, should come out about him and it should be written by you. The album you have put together with some of his greatest hits is his masterpiece. Mary, you single-handedly keep his memory and music alive. If I would pick anyone to do his vocals, it would be Chris Shinn from Everything Is Energy.
In my interview with him, he told me how you passed the torch from Jeff to Chris. Now if he had Jeff's looks and hair, then you'd have your actor too.
The first verse of the song is speaking about his mother and all that his mother did for him. She raised him since the day his mother and father divorced. This is the perfect verse to open up with because it's dedicated to his mother.
This is about a girl he met. He adored her. When he looked in her eyes he saw his mother, and knew what he wanted. But, he couldn't get her. He knew he had to leave her behind. Even though he loves her, she won't admit that she loves him.
It's about how he played at a church in Brooklyn and how they made eye contact. He thought they had a chance, but he never got to say goodbye or get to express his true feelings to her. He always came off as shy, and he let the love of his life walk out of the church without speaking to her.
Lover, You Should've Come Over
He's not at a physical funeral, but in his mind he is. He's sitting there in the rain with his shoes filling up with rain. He's thinking about his past mistakes, just to get her there for the night. He rolls over imagining she's there, but she's not. He needs her for his moment of depression to give him the helping hand he needs, but she's not there.
This is a two-way conversation he's having inside his brain about what went right and what went wrong. One side says just wait, she might return. The other half of the conversation, is she wasn't worth it because she made your heart turn to ice; you're creative and don't let her ruin that.
Back again to the other side, he would always look for her to try and make things right. His so-called guide was replying, don't be an ass, you don't need her and go on with your life.
This is another masterpiece. Buckley made it clear we die sooner or later, in that lake of fire. We'll be judged for our actions. And, all the sins and lies you hid from me make me bleed. Why don't you just tell me where my unborn son is? All I want is the truth. I'm not my father, I'm his son. And, I'm this unborn child's father. And, I want to give this baby the life my father never gave me, but the life my mother gave me.
Here we go again. I can understand Jeff Buckley's feelings toward his father. He's talking about this woman who he loved, but left him and didn't tell him why. He keeps calling her. He wants to know if she'll not let him meet the kid, just like he didn't get to know his father. He wanted to make his peace with the unborn son and the love of his life.
The Sky Is A Landfill
This is a good song that proves to me that Buckley was his own prophet, in his own way. He saw everything coming. He saw his whole life ahead of him. I don't know if he saw his friend's death and his death, but he knew the end was near. It's an anti-corporate song. He brings up the government and how the world will self-destruct. He's the only one who could talk about tobacco and corporations and the government and do it gently. It was either his guide or his own self-prophecy. Maybe we could've prevented 9-11 and the nasty aftermath of it.
Everybody Here Wants You
This is a beautiful song for a fan that he has a crush on at a local bar he plays at often. And, he knows how these men work: a wam-bam, thank-you, ma'am. He's telling this girl that these men will use you and I'm trying to warn you. You have a better chance with me and I will treat you as you are, and not as some fucking piece of ass.
Jeff meets the girl of his dreams and they have a wonderful night on the town. He knows deep inside that he's looking for somebody who won't be his mother, but who has the same instincts. She doesn't have to have the same looks or appeal, but she must have the same instincts. He doesn't jump in bed with her, but he asks to sleep on her couch. He smells her perfume, her dress and she's got the candles going. He falls asleep and dreams of being pulled under, at the gates. His mother raised him to be who he is. But who was the man at the gate who wouldn't let him out of the nightmare? He awakes knowing he's got to get his life together but he doesn't know why.
Nina Somone wrote the music. This song is about a dream between his friend Gary Lucas and him. Michael Tighe came up with a spellbinding guitar line that put him in something of a psychic trance. Elkie Brooks
This song was probably written after Grace and he's wondering why this man's daughter has chosen to close the door on him. He can't understand why - as the man who comforted her after her father's death – she chooses to shut him out. The psychic he is doesn't realize she has to suffer until she gets a message from her father letting her know she's ok.
Meanwhile, Jeff is dying inside wondering what he did wrong, and wondering what it would take to get back what they had.
Je N'en Connais Pas La Fin
This is a boy remembering his childhood, going to the state fair with his mom and having fun in life. He remembers the merry-go round. When he got older, he wondered where all the people went. Why weren't they coming to the fair anymore. He's telling you in the French that he loved the fair, and wonders if it will ever be revived.
This is a great tribute song to Peter Moore (father of Rebecca Moore). Jeff was close to both Peter and Rebecca and he walked her through her father's death, allowing her to cry on his shoulder. Peter Moore knew that if anyone could communicate with him in death, it was Jeff Buckley. Peter Moore knew that his daughter would be in good hands with their friend Jeff.
Every song I hear by Jeff Buckley, I love. There's something inspirational and spiritual about Jeff Buckley. The only ones who come close are Jim Morrison and Chris Barnes.
You'll hear me rotate through this song every now and then on Musicincider on myspace; that's how much I love Hallelujah. It would be great to memorialize loved ones who have passed with this song.
This is quoted from www.jeffbuckley.com answering the question, "Which version of Hallejulah did Jeff record?"
Jeff Cohen covered both versions of the song that John Cale recorded for Leonard
Cohen's tribute album, I'm Your Fan: the Songs of Leonard Cohen.
Jeff Buckley said: "Whoever listens to Hallelujah will discover this song is about sex, love, and life on earth. The Hallelujah is not an homage to a worshipped person, idol, or god. It is the orgasm to life and love."
I Know It's Over
This is was originally written and performed and The Smiths, and Buckley may have re-done it in his own form, but did you ever think of why he picked this song? He saw his own death coming, and that's why he was resting alone. The one there for him is his mother. Don't worry, mama is still taking care of you baby.