Tuesday Tunes: Jeff Buckley, “I Know It’s Over”

Singer: Jeff Buckley

Song: “I Know It’s Over”
(originally by The Smiths)

So a few weeks ago, I picked a song by Jeff Buckley. But I guess I just really love this guy’s voice or his covers of songs, because this song just melts my heart. This part is my favorite:

“If you’re so funny, then why are you on your own tonight?”
“And if you’re so clever then why are you on your own tonight?”
“And if you’re so very entertaining then why are you on your own tonight?”
“And if you’re so very good looking, then why do you sleep alone tonight?”


lyrics:

Oh Mother, I can feel the soil falling over my head
And as I climb into an empty bed—oh well, enough said
I know it’s over still I cling, I don’t know where else I can go
Over and over . . .
Oh Mother, I can feel the soil falling over my head
See the sea wants to take me, the knife wants to slit (cut) me
Do you think you can help me
Sad veiled bride please be happy—handsome groom give her room
Loud loutish lover treat her kindly though she needs you
More than she loves you – and I know it’s over—still I cling
I don’t know where else I can go—over and over . . .
I know it’s over and it never really began but in my heart it was so real
And she even spoke to me and said
“If you’re so funny, then why are you on your own tonight?”
“And if you’re so clever then why are you on your own tonight?”
“And if you’re so very entertaining then why are you on your own tonight?”
“And if you’re so very good looking, then why do you sleep alone tonight?”
I know – ‘cos tonight is just like any other night—that’s why you’re on your own tonight
With your triumphs and your charms—while they’re in each other’s arms
It’s so easy to laugh it’s so easy to hate it takes strength to be gentle and kind—over and over . . .
It’s so easy to laugh it’s so easy to hate it takes guts to be gentle and kind—over and over . . .
Love is natural and real—but not for you my love not tonight my love
Love is natural and real—but not for such as you and I my love

Oh mother . . . [etc.]

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