Eric Burdon & War  - SPILL THE WINE

First performance: 23/02/2014


Coverinfo

 
The High Hopes tour was wild and unpredictable, starting with the Australian leg. Early in the tour, Bruce started pulling out a different cover for each show, either by a local artist or something thematic for the venue. The show at the Hunter Valley Hope Estates winery on February 23, 2014 fell into the latter category. The set opens with a cover of "Spill The Wine". 
 
 
 

Songinfo

"Spill the Wine" is a 1970 song performed by Eric Burdon and the band War. It was released as a single in May 1970, backed by the non-album track "Magic Mountain", and was War's first chart hit. The song was inspired by an accident in which keyboardist Lonnie Jordan spilled wine on a mixing board. It features a prevalent flute solo, and the sound of a woman speaking Spanish—a female friend of Eric Burdon's—is heard in the background. The Isley Brothers, on their Givin' It Back album (1971)

Other cover versions

 

Bruce on the artist

2012 SXSW Keynote ( at 23:00 )

"For some, the Animals were just another one the really good beat groups that came of the Sixties," Bruce Springsteen said at his 2012 keynote speech at South By Southwest. "But to me, the Animals were a revelation. The first records with full blown class consciousness that I had ever heard. " The passionate vocals and organ-heavy sound of the Animals was a huge influence on Springsteen as a young songwriter and he fully admits he stole the chords of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" for "Badlands."
 
Bruce met The Animals frontman Eric Burdon when he joined the E Street Band in 2013.
 

Lyrics

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, hmmm
But there I was
Hmm, I was taken to a place
The hall of the mountain kings
I stood high by the mountain tops
Naked to the world
In front of
Every kind of girl
There was long one's, 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 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 dig that girl
Spill the wine, dig that girl
Spill the wine, dig that girl, come on, come on
Spill the wine, dig that girl
Take that girl, yeah
It's on girl, all you gotta do is spill that wine
Spill that wine, let me feel, let me feel hot, yeah, yeah, ooh
Spill the wine, spill the wine, spill the wine, spill the wine
Spill the wine, spill the wine, spill the wine
Dig that girl