Song Lyric Sunday: “Spill The Wine”

Today, Jim picked “dream/lullaby/sleep” as the prompt. One of my first efforts with this blog hop was The Beatles’ “Good Night”, which was sort of a lullaby, so let’s address “dream” and “sleep.”

“Spill The Wine” was a 1970 song by Eric Burdon and War, from their 1970 debut album album Eric Burdon Declares “War”. War, of course, is the funk band from Long Beach, California who went on to record such classics as “The World Is A Ghetto,” “The Cisco Kid,” and “Low Rider,” but originally they were Eric Burdon’s backup band. They recorded a second album, The Black-Man’s Burdon in late 1970, and were in the middle of a tour when Burdon suddenly quit, leaving the band to finish the tour by themselves. In the song, Burdon (as the storyteller) describes a dream h had while lying in a field of tall grass. It was written by the members of the band (Papa Dee Allen, Harold Brown, Eric Burdon, B. B. Dickerson, Lonnie Jordan, Charles Miller, Lee Oskar and Howard Scott), and the song reached #3 in the US and Canada, #2 in Australia, and #5 in Mexico, and finished 1970 at #20 in the US, #44 in Canada, and #18 in Australia. From 1970, here are Eric Burdon and War with “Spill The Wine.”

The lyrics, courtesy of AZLyrics:

I was once out strolling one very hot summer’s day
When I thought I’d lay myself down to rest
In a big field of tall grass
I laid there in the sun and felt it caressing my face
As I fell asleep and dreamed
I dreamed I was in a Hollywood movie
And that I was the star of the movie
This really blew my mind
The fact that me, an overfed long-haired leaping gnome
Should be the star of a Hollywood movie, hm
But there I was, mm
I was taken to a place
The hall of the mountain kings
I stood high upon a mountain top
Naked to the world
In front of
Every kind of girl
There was long ones, tall ones, short ones, brown ones
Black ones, round ones, big ones, crazy ones
Out of the middle came a lady
She whispered in my ear
Something crazy
She said

Spill the wine, take that pearl
Spill the wine, take that pearl
Spill the wine, take that pearl
Spill the wine, take that pearl

I thought to myself, what could that mean?
Am I going crazy, or is this just a dream?
Now wait a minute
I know I’m lying in a field of grass somewhere
So it’s all in my head
And then I heard her say one more time

Spill the wine, take that pearl
Spill the wine, take that pearl
Spill the wine, take that pearl
Spill the wine, take that pearl

I could feel hot flames of fire roaring at my back
As she disappeared, but soon she returned
In her hand was a bottle of wine
In the other a glass
She poured some of the wine from the bottle into the glass
And raised it to her lips
And just before she drank it, she said

Take the wine, take that pearl
Spill the wine, take that pearl
Spill the wine, take that pearl, uh-huh, uh-huh
Spill the wine, take that pearl
Take that pearl, yeah
It’s all yours
All you gotta do is spill that wine
Spill that wine, let me feel, let me feel hot, yeah, yeah, oh, uh-huh
Spill the wine, spill the wine, spill the wine, spill the wine
Spill the wine, spill the wine, spill the wine
Take that pearl
It’s all yours

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday for August 25, 2019.

20 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: “Spill The Wine”

  1. Nice one John, it was so good to hear this song again. Thanks for sharing your music again. For the longest time, I always thought they were singing take that girl instead of take that pearl.

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  2. Yes, I love this song, too! One of the articles I read indicated there are sexual references in the lyrics. Lyrics are always up to one’s interpretation, IMO.

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  3. I heard this on the radio the other week and was pleasantly surprised. There is something so groovy about this song, not to mention mystical. Wonderful dream to have!

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    1. War sets up this groove behind Burdon and just doesn’t let up. There are maybe two chords in the entire song and the groove is the same regardless if it’s in the verse or the chorus. Glad you liked it!

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    1. Don’t know whether it’s the groove War sets up or the “lyrics” (it’s almost like he’s reciting a poem), but this is one of those songs I really liked when it was in heavy rotation and I still feel that way 50 years later. Glad you liked it!

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