Lilac Wine & Nina Simone

Just the other day, while listening to KPFA via Fresno, CA out of Berkeley, CA, I heard Lilac Wine sung by Nina Simone from the album “Wild is the Wind” (1966). Click here for a YouTube video. Try this alternate link if that YouTube link doesn’t work:

I was very moved by the song and especially Nina Simone’s rendering, so I spent some time in Procreate with her face based on this photo reference. See the lyrics below.


Lilac Wine

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 I 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?

2 thoughts on “Lilac Wine & Nina Simone

  1. Thank you, Janette. Thanks for visiting, the kind words, and for reporting the problem with the YouTube link. I’ve added an alternate link; but, it works in exactly the same way the original link has worked – at least here on my iPad – by announcing that it will be opened in YouTube upon clicking. I’m at the edge of my know-how here. I’ll look into this. Thanks again. pjl


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