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November 17th is the birth date of Scotty Moorhead. He would have turned forty-one this year had an evening swim in 1997 not turned tragic. While singing along to Led Zeppelin, he jumped into the Mississippi River fully dressed. It was three days before his body was found in a marina.

You may not have ever heard of Scotty Moorhead, but if you are a music fan, you know him by a different name: Jeff Buckley.

“Too young to hold on and too old to just break free and run.”

I was given a copy of Grace right around early November many years ago. If you are anything like me, when you get a new album that you love, you play it and play it, almost forgetting any other music even exists. Often this causes certain albums to become associated with certain times of year for me, and consequently, Grace has always been an Autumn/holiday season disc for me. I pulled it out again this week in memory of Buckley, and I encourage you to do the same.

Grace is the only studio album Buckley produced before his death, and it is held by many to be one of the greatest of its time. David Bowie said it was one of ten albums he would take with him if stranded on a deserted island.

Below are a few samples for those of you who have yet to hear Buckley’s beautiful falsetto voice. An album that has both songs to rock out with and emotional love ballads to be drawn into…Grace is something to be experienced.


Hallelujah (lyrics)

Words/Music by Leonard Cohen

Well I heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do ya?
Well it goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall and the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Well Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
she tied you to her kitchen chair
And she broke your throne and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Well baby I’ve been here before
I know this room and I’ve walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew ya
I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Well there was a time when you let me know
What’s really going on below
But now you never show that to me do you?
And remember when I moved in you?
And the holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Well maybe there’s a God above
But all I’ve ever learned from love
Was how to shoot somebody who’d OUT DREW YA
And it’s not a cry that you hear at night
It’s not somebody who’s seen the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah


Last Goodbye (lyrics)

by Jeff Buckley

this is our last goodbye
i hate to feel the love between us die
but it’s over
just hear this and then i’ll go
you gave me more to live for
more than you’ll ever know

this is our last embrace
must i dream and always see your face
why can’t we overcome this wall
well, maybe it’s just because i didn’t know you at all

kiss me, please kiss me
but kiss me out of desire, babe, and not consolation
you know it makes me so angry ’cause i know that in time
i’ll only make you cry, this is our last goodbye

did you say “no, this can’t happen to me,”
and did you rush to the phone to call
was there a voice unkind in the back of your mind
saying maybe you didn’t know him at all
you didn’t know him at all, oh, you didn’t know

well, the bells out in the church tower chime
burning clues into this heart of mine
thinking so hard on her soft eyes and the memories
offer signs that it’s over… it’s over