New JB Pick: “What Will You Say?”

For the past few days, I’ve been fixated with Jeff Buckley’s “What Will You Say?” I’ve been reading a lot of forums regarding his songs and, apparently, it seems that this is the most-loved by fans.

So I decided to check out the live tapes that I have “come across with”, and I had a conclusion: it was hypnotic. The eastern notes, his heart wrenching voice and the incredible lyrics (he co-wrote it with good friends Carla Azar of Autolux and Chris Dowd, formerly of Fishbone) mixed perfectly, and as soon as the listener wakes up from the trance, a deep emotion emerges.

Definitely one of the best songs I’ve heard.

LYRICS:

It’s been such a long time
And I was just a child then
What will you say
When you see my face?
Time feels like it’s flown away
The days just pass and fade away
What will you say
When they take my place?
It’s funny now
I just don’t feel like I’m a man
What will you say
When you see my face?
My face…
Mother dear, the world’s gone cold
No one cares about love anymore
What will you say
When you see my face?
Father do you hear me?
Do you know me?
Do you even care?
What will you say
When they take my place?
My heart can’t take this anymore
What will you say
When you see my face?
When you see my,
See my face…
I can feel your time crawling
To a slow end
I can feel my time crawling
To a slow end…
Mother dear, the world’s gone cold
No one cares about love anymore
What will you say
When you see my face?
Father do you hear me?
Do you know me?
Did you even care?
What will you say
When you take my place?
Well it’s so funny now
I just don’t feel like I’m a man
What will you say?

(It is tempting and really easy to link the words to his personal life, but the truth is, it’s not about him)

 

 

Interestingly, no studio recording was released commercially, but great great GREAT, super great live performances are included in discs that were made available to everyone after his death:

 

 

Live À L’Olympia” CD (featuring the great mugham singer Alim Qasimov)

I personally like this version the best.

 

 

 

 

Mystery White Boy” CD

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Buckley – Live in Chicago” DVD

 

 

 

(Calling Amazon – see this free promo I did for you???)

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