This song was written about the late Jeff Buckley. Rufus envied his popularity and was sad because he would never be able to sing with him. Buckley drowned in the Mississippi River near Memphis.
It can be argued that Rufus and Jeff may have dated (Wainwright is openly gay). The line, "Always hated him for the way he looked in the gaslight of the morning" could imply post-coital glaring and Rufus's envy.
Suggestion credit: Chris - Philadelphia, PA, for above 2
Nicole from Philadelphia, Pai'm from Philly and I LOVE Rufus! I just saw him ion Atlantic City (my 5th time seeing him) and he brought me to tears again singing Hallelujah with his sister Lucy Wainwright Roche.
Chris from Philadelphia, Payou have to find something interesting on his songs first. it cant be something boring like "this song is about being sad"
it has to be "this is about jeff buckley, whom rufus envied very much."
oh, and this song also refers to ophelia and hamlet quite much. its actually relating buckley to ophelia, due to the fact that no one knows if he killed himself or it was an accident. same with ophelia.
im gonna see if i can get something on "liberty cabbage" on here too.
Davis from Montreal, Canadacan we add some more songfacts on his songs? I've submitted a bunch from the info I got from his want 1-2 commentaries and NPR interview, but can we have somemore?
Chris from Philadelphia, Pai need to move to england. it seems everyone in philly doesnt like rufus.
Holly from Nottingham, EnglandAt the risk of adding nothing of any value to this thread, I love Rufus.....
Chris from Philadelphia, Pa*smiles*
James from London, EnglandWhen I saw him live recently, Rufus Wainwright played this followed immediately by Hallelujah(Leoard Cohen) which was on Grace and Wainwright did for the Shrek Soundtrack.Poignant and very well done!