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Lilac Wine
1950 James Shelton
From "Dance Me a Song", short life musical revue (35 performances) of 1950 directed by James Shelton on Broadway Royale Theatre. The song was performed by Hope Foye, a African American classical opera singer pursued in 1952 by the McCarthy commission, blacklisted and exiled for long years. See the documentary Red Hope? The Blacklisting of Hope Foye.

Various releases and performances of this song on Second Hand Songs.

Recording sessions
1965 September 30-October 1: New York
I lost myself on a cool damp night
Gave myself in that misty light
Was hypnotized by a strange delight
Under a lilac tree

I made wine from the lilac tree
Put my heart in its recipe
It makes me see what
I want to see...
And be what I want to be

When I think more than I want to think
Do things I never should do
I drink much more that I ought to drink
Because I brings me back you...

Lilac wine is sweet and heady, like my love
Lilac wine, I feel unsteady, like my love
Listen to me... I cannot see clearly
Isn't that she coming to me nearly here?

Lilac wine is sweet and heady where's my love?
Lilac wine, I feel unsteady, where's my love?
Listen to me, why is everything so hazy?
Isn't that she, or am I just going crazy, dear?

Lilac Wine, I feel I'm ready for my love
Feel I'm ready for my love