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Leftover Wine - Melanie


The quieter side of Melanie in her prime. Just one person and a guitar, one tiny person with a giant voice, in a sell-out Carnegie Hall, New York, 1970, the whole concert thankfully recorded and released the following year as the album "Leftover Wine". At one point a member of the audience calls out into a silence "We love you" and place erupts with applause. Only Melanie had this effect.

Sung live, this becomes an intensely moving metaphor for life, the time after the moment, the moment after the victory when we are face to face with our souls, trying to make sense of everything as the looming darkness approaches but not giving in either. Sit back and listen to the sadness and bravery in this song.

"What do you do when the people go home? and what do you do when the show is all done? I know what I'll do in the alone of my time but what will I do with the leftover wine? a line from a poem of my childhood has said that visions of sugarplums were gonna dance in my head I'll spend my whole life making the time rhyme but I'll still have a bowl of leftover wine I'm gonna spend my whole life making the time rhyme and then I'm gonna run to the people and l'll sing them a song of mine you know I'm gonna do anything just to take up time 'cause I can't find a taker for the leftover wine what do you do when the people go home? and what will you do when the show is all done? I know what I'll do in the alone of my time but what will I do with the leftover wine I'm gonna spend my whole life making the time rhyme and then I'm gonna run to the people and I'll sing you a song of mine you know I'm gonna do anything just to take up time 'cause I can't find a taker for the leftover wine I'm gonna drink some of yours if you'll drink a little of mine because I can't stand the taste of that leftover wine and I'll drink some of yours if you'll drink a little of mine because I can't stand the taste of leftover wine"

And the leftover wine is what we've got left. And each other. Let us all hope it's as beautiful as this.

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