Lilac wine (Nina Simone) (Crys Armbrust)

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Editor: Crys Armbrust (submitted 2013-08-23).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 55 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transcribed for Simone (daughter of Nina Simone) in 2011 and premiered later that year by her in an orchestrated version with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

General Information

Title: Lilac Wine (Nina Simone)
Composer: Crys Armbrust

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Solo medium
Genre: SecularArt song

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2008

Description: Piano/vocal transcription (in D minor/major) of Nina Simone's 1966 personal performance/arrangement of James Shelton's classic 1950 song 'Lilac Wine', the same version later covered by Jeff Buckley.

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Original text and translations

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I lost myself on a cool damp night
Gave myself in that misty light
Was hypnotized by a strange delight
Under a lilac tree
I made wine from the lilac tree
Put my heart in its recipe
It makes me see what I want to see
and be what I want to be
When I think more than I want to think
Do things I never should do
I drink much more that I ought to drink
Because (it) brings me back you.

Lilac wine is sweet and heady, like my love
Lilac wine, I feel unsteady, like my love
Listen to me… I cannot see clearly
Isn't that she coming to me nearly here?
Lilac wine is sweet and heady where's my love?
Lilac wine, I feel unsteady, where's my love?
Listen to me, why is everything so hazy?
Isn't that she, or am I just going crazy, dear?
Lilac Wine, I feel unready for my love.