Lilac Wine is like the most Neptunian song on the planet and it’s always recorded by full-on Neptunians.
Neptune being the planet of glamor, addiction, myth, magic, hell to heaven and back again in half a day, delusion/illusion, surrealism, art, lucid dreaming, oil, vaporware, the futures market, soulmates and love zombies.
Lilac Wine is not a drink. It is a mind vibe. And Neptune is not a planet. It is a drug…or a spell. And this is a song about a broken spell. These are the four Neptunians who’ve made this sonnet their own.
Jeff Buckley – Mercury, Neptune, Sun and Venus in Scorpio – Leo Rising, Moon in Aqua:
Nina Simone – Mars-Neptune-Jupiter in Virgo (On Jeff Buckley’s Mars-Pluto-Uranus) and all of his Scorpio is on her Midheaven – they are cosmically linked, with no doubt.
Elkie Brooks – Sun-Mercury in Pisces and Lilith conjunct Neptune in Libra.
Miley Cyrus – scion of Billy Ray Cyrus and Sagittarius. She has Venus – her chart ruler – conjunct Neptune.
In terms of Miley Cyrus covers, I think her version of Joelene kills it but that Lilac Wine requires more pathos. Lilac Wine is about the comedown from an immense passionate crush of a thing – a Love Zombie trance or a real affair where they waited and waited for a married lover. It’s possibly about addiction itself – there is no lover, just the substance.
Jeff Buckley’s version captures the drunken instability and yearning while Nina Simone sings it like she’s re-conjuring the magic – she hasn’t written anything off yet.
Whereas Elkie Brooks performs Lilac Wine like she’s regaining consciousness half through the song – it’s sensational. Hers is also the only performance of it that’s been commercially successful.
Which one is your fave? Warning: Lilac Wine is potent and poignant. If you’ve ever loved passionately and not ‘won’ the person or ‘lost yourself on a cool damp night’ – it may be too much.