Top 5: Singing About Wine, Talking About Life

You might think of wine as the humble, unassuming product of the sweet little grape, its only purpose to fill a bottle, grace a glass or decorate a wine rack. You would be wrong. It seems wine helps the greatest of artists and the meanest of men to understand life a little better; it blessings, itssetbacks and its meaning. Below are five songs that use wine to help explain love, learning and life.

Deana Carter                                     Strawberry Wine

                                                            Like strawberry wine and seventeen

                                                            The hot July moon saw everything

                                                            My first taste of love, oh, bittersweet

                                                            The green on the vine like strawberry wine

About Wine:                                     

Strawberry wine reminds her of youth, innocence and summer romances

About Life:

There are some things in life you will never forget – like first loves – and there will be things that spark bittersweet memories; instead of being flooded with a feeling of loss for times gone by, focus on the sweet part…the parts that taste like strawberry wine

Norah Jones                                       Don’t Know Why

                                                             My heart is drenched in wine

                                                             You’ll be on my mind


About Wine:

Drowning your sorrows is typical behaviour for a broken heart but only numbs the pain a while; there will still be bruising once the hangover wears off and you can’t clear you mind of its thoughts

About Life:

The song is about making a hard decision and facing the consequences (heartbreak) of that decision. Sometimes, even though you love someone or something it isn’t what is best for you and you have to let it go. You will be consumed by regret almost immediately afterward and will drive yourself mad trying to figure out “Why?” you made that choice. Eventually, your heart will heal and you’ll only have to worry about your mind and memories sneaking up on you every now and then

Alanis Morrissette                          Ironic

                                                          An old man turned ninety-eight

                                                          He won the lottery and died the next day

                                                          It’s a black fly in your Chardonnay

                                                          It’s a death row pardon two minutes too late

                                                          And isn’t it ironic… don’t you think

                                                          It’s like rain on your wedding day

                                                          It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid

                                                          It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take

                                                          Who would’ve thought… it figures

About Wine:

A black fly in your Chardonnay – another way the world manages to rain all over your parade

About Life:

Life has its moments, moments where it slaps you in the face after it’s knocked you to the floor; irony is a beautiful…and it is to be expected. Life is out there with the sole purpose of dumping flies into your Chardonnay, so you just have to accept and embrace it

Leann Rimes                                      Good Friend And A Glass Of Wine          

                                                            A good friend and a glass of wine

                                                            A little pick me up to get me through the night

                                                            We talk trash n’ we laugh and cry

                                                            That kind of therapy money can’t buy

                                                            Every now and then, every now and then

                                                            Every girl needs a good friend and a glass of wine

About Wine:                                     

The wine is the façade under which friends meet. It’s good to talk and better to talk over wine

About Life:

Friends make everything better. They laugh with you, cry with you and help you put the world to rights. If you throw in a couple glasses of wine then a much needed chat between friends becomes the best form of therapy there is

Sugarland                                            Settlin’

                                                              With some good red wine and my brand new shoes

                                                              Gonna dance a blue streak around my living room


                                                               I ain’t settling for just getting by

                                                               I’ve had enough so so for the rest of my life

                                                              Tired of shooting too low, so raise the bar high

                                                              Just enough ain’t enough this time

                                                              I ain’t settling for anything less than everything

About Wine:

The wine is a treat, like the new shoes. It represents the ‘tomorrow may never come, so go ahead and enjoy today’ philosophy.

About Life:

The song is about letting yourself be happy. Doing what makes you feel the best, no settling for second place or ‘good enough’. The wine is just the beginning here, the message is to face life head on and go for it – full throttle, no apologies

So next time you pass your wine rackwith nonchalance or taste a glass absentmindedly, think about wine’s presence and central role in the songs that sum up life.

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