ReviewNovember, 11th 2016
It was originally recorded in 1969 as an anti-war protest, in the genre of psychedelic and later was re-recorded to this state in front of us to deliver the meaning smoothly and noiselessly. The time of protest’s peak was gone till the moment of re-recording, but the essence of the song was great, so they’ve rightly decided not to lose this precious piece and did it in the more tranquil way.
The song was embraced by the album Cellophane Symphony, in 1969 reached #7 on the US’ Billboard and one number atop in Canada. The performers also participated in the Woodstock and along with many, have become the people’s militia against the senseless war in Vietnam. As we all know, it was eventually stopped due to big public negative resonance it caused.
The song itself is about contradiction to the war as we have already found out. What he says in the song is not only the fact that he is against war but also the fact that the war has ended:
Oh, yeah, yesterday my friends were marching out to war,
Oh, yeah, listen, now, we ain't a-marching anymore
They won and they don’t have to fight again. All they have to do right now, in that very same moment as the song flows, is drinking up the bottle of sweet fine cherry wine. It is poured in the throats smoothly as only flamboyant wine can. They are passing a bottle in their circle and everyone is taking a sip to cherish the cherry wine. It is sumptuous, it gives drunkenness in the head, and the sobriety is lost very fast. The song flows and so the cherry wine flows either.
Everybody is going to feel outstandingly fine, drinking this potion. There are no mountains have to be ruined anymore, as the war is gone and the peace is restored. There are no more soul parades and no masquerades. They drink this intoxicating potion; someone finds it stimulating, but others rather sprawling in their lounges to consider the fine moment and most of all – to celebrate the end of the slaughter, where lots of young Americans were involved and they were killed.
Tommy James, the main person in the corporation of Tommy James And The Shondells, was a mobster some time, trying to get his money that he earned, from the Roulette – the recording company, an organization that owned the rights for his oeuvre and benefited from it. He never succeeded in this issue, though there were as much as 30 million dollars at stake. He must have been regretting about the loss. So he moved from a big city with enchanting lights to a smaller town Clifton, New Jersey, where he stayed between 1970 and 2000. Reference: Read more about Tommy James and "Sweet Cherry Wine"
Sweet Cherry Wine (Rerecorded) lyrics - Tommy James
Sweet Cherry Wine (Rerecorded) Song Lyrics
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