Sweet Cherry Wine

Album: Cellophane Symphony (1969)
Charted: 7
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  • (Come on)
    Everyone, we got to get together now
    Oh yeah, love's the only thing that matters anyhow
    And the beauty of life can only survive
    If we love one another

    Oh yeah, yesterday my friends were marching out to war
    Oh yeah, listen now, we ain't a-marching anymore
    No, we ain't gonna fight
    Only God has the right
    To decide who's to live and die

    He gave us sweet cherry wine
    So very fine
    We'll drink it right down, pass it all around
    So stimulating, so intoxicating
    Sweet cherry wine
    (To all day and night)
    And everybody's gonna feel so fine
    Drinking sweet cherry wine
    Yes, they will

    Watch the mountain turn to dust and blow away
    Oh, Lord, you know there's got to be a better way
    And the old masquerade is a no soul parade
    Marching through the ruins of time

    To save us, He gave us sweet cherry wine
    So very fine
    We'll drink it right down, pass it all around
    So stimulating, so intoxicating
    Sweet cherry wine
    Everybody's gonna feel so fine
    Drinking sweet cherry wine

    Oh, sweet cherry wine
    So very fine
    We'll drink it right down, pass it all around
    So stimulating, so intoxicating
    Sweet cherry wine
    Come on, drink it with your brother
    Trust in one another
    Yeah, yeah, we need each other

    Sweet cherry wine
    You drink it right down, pass it all around
    People, don't you know the cup is running over?

    Yeah, yeah, yeah
    (Oh)
    (Come on, come on, hey) Writer/s: Ritchie Grasso, Tommy James
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 11

  • Caroline Fields from Lexington KyLove this beautiful song
  • Awa Cd from Amelia Island Great song !
  • Marty from Cleveland, OhThis is Tommy James' tribute to desertion. Another recording studio warrior.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 16th 1969, "Sweet Cherry Wine" by Tommy James and the Shondells entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #86; seven weeks later on May 4th, 1969 it peaked at #7 {for 2 weeks} and spent 10 weeks on the Top 100...
    Between 1966 and 1970 the group had nineteen Top 100 records; seven made the Top 10 with two reaching #1, "Hanky Panky" for 2 weeks in 1966 and "Crimson and Clover" for 2 weeks in 1969...
    They just missed having a third #1 record when "Crystal Blue Persuasion" peaked at #2* {for 3 weeks} in 1969...
    Tommy James, as a solo artist, had thirteen Top 100 records; with one reaching the Top 10, "Draggin' the Line" at #4 in 1971 {it reached #2 in Canada}...
    Mr. James, born Thomas Gregory Jackson, will celebrate his 68th birthday next month on April 29th {2015}...
    * The three weeks that "Crystal Blue Persuasion" was at #2, the #1 record for those three weeks was "In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)" by Zager and Evans.
  • Mac from Evanston, IlAgree with Ron, Rick, and Martin. And Joe of Monroe, NY: you are correct. "C and C" and "Crystal Blue Persuasion" were both on the "C and C" album released in 1968, and the single "C and C" was released first. But for some reason, "Sweet Cherry Wine" was released as a single before "CBP." "SCW" was then included on TJ and the Shondells' next album, "Cellophane Symphony."
  • Martin from Fresno, CaI agree with both Ron and Rick.
  • Rick from Belfast, MeRight on Ron.....a fantastic and beautiful song it is....Tommy made some sweet music
  • Mike from Eastman, Gawas this song also a protest against the war in Vietnam?
  • Joe from Monroe, NyThe actual order of single releases by TJ & the Shondells was: Crimson & Clover, Sweet Cherry Wine, THEN Crystal Blue Persuasion. There is a marvelous gospel version from 2005 that was done by Tommy James with The Kootz.
  • Grace from Reno / Tahoe , Nvlove it ! babykisses
  • Ron from Bothell, WaSweet Cherry Wine is a beautiful song that doesn't get as much airplay as it should. Tommy James has said that "Sweet Cherry Wine" refers to the blood of Jesus Christ. As the lyrics say
    "Only God has the right to decide who's to live and die". "To save us He gave us sweet cherry wine". Ron
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