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Favorite wine reference / themed song ??

Posted by Huaino, Jul 15, 2011.

The always fun trinity of sharing good food, great wine and quality music is certainly a favorite social activity of mine and I'm sure yours as well.

This one is my favorite song that references wine, composed by the never forgotten Tommy Bolin, "Sweet Burgundy". If you've never heard it, it won't disappoint. Salud !!

What's yours?





Reply by D9sus4, Jul 16, 2011.

Aside from the obvious song choice "Red, Red Wine", as performed by UB40, but actually written by Neil Diamond, my favorite song that references wine is "A Case of You" by Joni Mitchell. This has to be the greatest chorus ever written:

Oh you're in my blood like holy wine 
You taste so bitter and so sweet 

Oh I could drink a case of you darling 
Still I'd be on my feet 
oh I would still be on my feet

Reply by JonDerry, Jul 16, 2011.

Great call on Joni Mitchell, that's a tough one to beat.

Reply by dmcker, Jul 16, 2011.
Edited Jul 17, 2011

Yeah, I've listened to that Joni Mitchell song dozen of times. Definitely hard to beat. Here's a live version, and here one from studio. And this may be the best cover I've heard, by Prince.

Going back further one obvious choice might be Days of Wine & Roses, in this performance with that raspy lounge-singer feel from Julie London, though Frank Sinatra's (or Henry Mancini's) might be more famous. And if we really want to go to almost a parody of lounge signing, there's always Don Ho and 'Tiny Bubbles.' Why is it that every time I encountered him live or canned or covered I always ended up wondering what I'd been smoking? Here's one example from Lawrence Welk with a cover that takes his Hawaii into country. Definitely weird. And from that same general era an appropriate, for the singer, title 'Little Ole Wine Drinker Me' by Dean Martin. Also by him 'Hey Brother, Pour the Wine':

"Wait 'til you see the way she walks
Hey brother pour the wine"

Nancy Sinatra did Summer Wine.

How about Clapton (Derek & the Domonos era) and 'Bottle of Red Wine'? Or Willie Nelson and 'Yesterday's Wine? Or Bon Jovi's backhanded tribute to Joni Mitchell 'Bitter Wine'?

"Once you were my inspiration, but, that river's run dry
What was once holy water, tastes like bitter wine"

The Cream did 'Sweet Wine' though it wasn't one of their great ones.

Didn't Alan Parsons Project do something titled 'Beaujolais'? The Stones definitely tried 'Blood Red Wine' on for size, even if they never released it. Gordon Lightfoot did 'Blackberry Wine'. Nina Simon did 'Lilac Wine' better than anyone else. The Weavers did 'Kisses Sweeter than Wine'. 'Champagne Supernova' by Oasis. 'Alligator Wine' by Screamin Jay Hawkins. Etc., etc.

Lots and lots more keep coming once start trying to remember, but finally, for now, 'Have Some Madeira, My Dear' by Flanders and Swann
"Have some madeira, m'dear
You really have nothing to fear
I'm not trying to tempt you, that wouldn't be right
You shouldn't drink spirits at this time of night
Have some madeira, m'dear
It's really much nicer than beer
I don't care for sherry, one cannot drink stout
And port is a wine I can well do without
It's simply a case of chacun a son gout
Have some madeira, m'dear"

and 'Weib, Wein und Gesang' (Woman, Wine & Song) by Johann Strauss (1869) based on the saying attributed to Martin Luther:
"Who loves not wine, women and song
remains a fool his whole life long."

Reply by JonDerry, Jul 17, 2011.

Way to open the floodgates dm, I couldn't think of anything earlier in the day but you covered a few that I missed.

Have you heard Jeff Buckley's version of Lilac Wine?

Tiny Bubbles is another good "elusive obvious" pick.  Reminds me of my dad as he was a big Don Ho fan, so I would sometimes hear his records play on nights when dad was on the drink.

Watermelon Wine by Tom T. Hall is another I should mention, good ole' classic country number, though I should admit i'm a pretty big Tom T. Hall fan as well...


Reply by dmcker, Jul 17, 2011.
Edited Jul 17, 2011

Yeah, the Buckley cover is a very good one. I'm just a former Nina Simone fan (haven't listened much lately), but nothing wrong with multiple covers from different perspectives. I also like the Tori Amos cover of 'A Case of You', though she may be trying too much to get Joni's voice effects without having the electricity.

OK, a few more I thought of after I signed off earlier:

  • 'Don't Know Why' by Nora Jones--"My heart is drenched in wine, you’ll be on my mind, Forever"
  • 'Hotel California' by the Eagles--“Please bring me my wine, he said ‘We haven’t had that spirit here since 1969′” … and “Mirrors on the ceiling, the pink champagne on ice ..”
  • 'Joy to the World' by Three Dog Night--“Jeremiah was a bull frog. Was a good friend of mine. Never understood a single word he said, but I helped him drink his wine. He always had some mighty fine wine.”
  • 'Livin La Vida Loca' by Ricky Martin--“She never drinks the water, makes you order French Champagne”
  • 'Scenes from an Italian Restaurant' by Billy Joel (also 'Half a Mile Away', and 'Big Shot')--“Bottle of white, bottle of red, perhaps a bottle of rose instead...”
  • 'Children's Crusade' by Sting (Marsalis ain't too shabby on this track)--“History’s lessons drowned in red wine”
  • 'Gimme that Wine' by Lambert, Hendricks & Ross (covered by Springsteeen and Blood, Sweat & Tears)--"Gimme that wine (Unhand that bottle!), ‘Cause I can’t get well without Muscatel, I only drink for medicinal purposes anyway"
  • 'Drink to me only with Thine Eyes' (1616, from Ben Jonson's poem 'To Celia', melody sometime after 1770; via Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin's version at the Clinton WH also pretty good)--“Drink to me only with thine eyes, And I will pledge with mine; Or leave a kiss but in the cup, And I'll not look for wine. The thirst that from the soul doth rise, Doth ask a drink divine; But might I of Jove's nectar sup, I would not change for thine.”  Can remember my greatgrandfather singing this with a Scots' brogue. Still sends chills. Agree with my grandmother that restrained, intimating language can be sexier than the explicit....



Reply by dmcker, Jul 17, 2011.

As regards 'snoothbombing' as described by Foxall in another thread, all this talk of champagne has produced no candidate bottle to the right, but Alan Parsons seems to have produced a Beaujolais....

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Jul 18, 2011.

Spill The Wine by War - Eric Burdon

Reply by D9sus4, Jul 18, 2011.

Spill the Wine- Good call!

Thanks for remembering that one. Now where did I put that LP... 

Reply by dmcker, Jul 18, 2011.

"Spill the wine, take that girl, spill the wine, take that pearl."

Thanks for all the liner notes, Stephen.

Reply by Mr Dolce, Jul 18, 2011.

"Gimmie little time let me clear up my mind" 


Reply by Stephen Harvey, Jul 19, 2011.

Straight from that famous House in New Orleans

Burdon was a genius

Reply by Huaino, Jul 19, 2011.

Thanks all for sharing, certainly checking them out. A few more: 

Paul Ryan wrote Sinatra's hit "I will drink the wine". Enough said.

"So fool yourselves if you will, I just haven't got the time.
If you can drink the water, I will drink the wine."

Beastie Boys instrumental "Drinkin' Wine" is completely recorded backwards. Go figure..

Legend Buddy Miles co-founded The Electric Flag, they wrote the simply titled "Wine", released in 68'.  

In 81' I was 19 and Def Leppard released a b-side "Me and My Wine". (Back then, they were a promising hard rock band that later turned into sugar coated, bubble gum pop... ..oh well).

 Here is an interesting, everyday association of music and wine site:

Salud !


Reply by JonDerry, Jul 19, 2011.

I'll add one more just for fun, even though this is more of a song about beer and the other form of alcohol that can't compete, for one reason or another...

Reply by dmcker, Jul 19, 2011.

Just wanted another excuse to slip Tom Hall in, right Jon?  ;-)

Reply by dmcker, Jul 19, 2011.

Stephen, the song had a fair amount of history before the Animals made the most money off it. From Wikipedia:

Like many classic folk ballads, the authorship of "The House of the Rising Sun" is unknown. Some musicologists believe it is based on the tradition of broadside ballads such as the "Unfortunate Rake" of the 18th century which were taken to America by early settlers. Many of these had the theme of "if only" and after a period of evolution, they emerge as American songs like "Streets of Laredo".

Alan Price of The Animals has claimed that the song was originally a sixteenth-century English folk song about a Soho brothel, and that English emigrants took the song to America where it was adapted to its later New Orleans setting.[1]

The oldest known existing recording is by Appalachian artists Clarence Ashley and Gwen Foster and was made in 1933. Ashley said he had learned it from his grandfather, Enoch Ashley. Alger "Texas" Alexander's "The Risin' Sun," recorded in 1928, is sometimes mentioned as the first recording, but is a completely different song.

The song might have been lost to obscurity had it not been collected by folklorist Alan Lomax, who, along with his father, was a curator of the Archive of American Folk Song for the Library of Congress. On an expedition with his wife to eastern Kentucky Lomax set up his recording equipment in Middlesborough, Kentucky in the house of a singer and activist called Tilman Cadle. On September 15, 1937 he recorded a performance by Georgia Turner, the 16 year-old daughter of a local miner. He called it "The Risin' Sun Blues." Lomax later recorded a different version sung by Bert Martin and a third sung by Daw Henson, both eastern Kentucky singers. In his 1941 songbook Our Singing Country, Lomax credits the lyrics to Turner, with reference to Martin's version. According to his later writing, the melody bears similarities to the traditional English ballad "Matty Groves."[2][3]

Roy Acuff, who recorded the song on November 3, 1938, may have learned the song from Clarence Ashley, with whom he sometimes performed. In 1941, Woody Guthrie recorded a version. A recording made in 1947 by Josh White, who is also credited with having written new words and music that have subsequently been popularized in the versions made by many other later artists, was released by Mercury Records in 1950. Lead Belly recorded two versions of the song in February 1944 and in October 1948 called "In New Orleans" and "The House of the Rising Sun" respectively, and the latter was recorded in the sessions that later became the album Lead Belly's Last Sessions (1994, Smithsonian Folkways). In 1957 Glenn Yarbrough recorded the song for Elektra Records. The song is also credited to Ronnie Gilbert on one of The Weavers albums with Pete Seeger that was released in the late 1940s or early 1950s. Frankie Laine recorded the song then titled "New Orleans" on his 1959 album Balladeer. Joan Baez recorded it in 1960 on her eponymous debut album, and has included it in her live set list, frequently including the song in her concerts throughout her career. In 1960 Miriam Makeba recorded the song on her eponymous RCA album.

In late 1961, Bob Dylan recorded the song for his eponymous debut album, released in March 1962. There is no songwriting credit, but the liner notes indicate that Dylan learned this version of the song from Dave Van Ronk. In an interview on the documentary No Direction Home, Van Ronk said that he was intending to record the song, and that Dylan copied his version. He recorded it soon thereafter on Just Dave Van Ronk.

I had learned it sometime in the 1950s, from a recording by Hally Wood, the Texas singer and collector, who had got it from an Alan Lomax field recording by a Kentucky woman named Georgia Turner. I put a different spin on it by altering the chords and using a bass line that descended in half steps—a common enough progression in jazz, but unusual among folksingers. By the early 1960s, the song had become one of my signature pieces, and I could hardly get off the stage without doing it. —Dave Van Ronk[4]

Nina Simone recorded her first version on Nina at the Village Gate in 1962. Later versions include the 1965 recording in Colombia by Los Speakers in Spanish called "La casa del sol naciente", which was also the title of their second album. They earned a silver record (for sales of over 15,000 copies). The Chambers Brothers recorded a version on "Feelin' The Blues", released on VAULT records.


And fortunately not recorded, I've sang it many a time in late night karaoke sessions across half the dives in Tokyo...

Reply by jamessulis, Jul 20, 2011.


Here's another by an ole timer, Dean Martin Lil Ole Wine Drinker...Me
  This could go on and on so here's another A Bottle of Wine and Patsy Cline by KD Lang  and for my grande finale long ago with Paul Anka A Steel Guitar and a glass of wine

Lefty - The Great Pacific Northwest

Reply by Mr Dolce, Jul 21, 2011.

"A champagne supernova in the sky"   -Oasis

Reply by Mr Dolce, Jul 21, 2011.

"If I hurt you, I'd make wine from your tears."   -INXS


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