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Eric Burdon & War — Spill the Wine
Album: The Best of War... and More
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Released: 1969
Length: 4:00
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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
And 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

But there I was, 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 and take that pearl
Spill the wine and take that pearl
Spill the wine and take that pearl
Spill the wine and 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 girl
Spill the wine, take that girl
Spill the wine, take that girl
Spill the wine, take 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
Spill the wine, spill the wine, spill the wine, spill the wine
Spill the wine, spill the wine, spill the wine, take that girl
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  Damn still works. . . I guess it has to do with being long haired noble haired leaping gnome
"Little wine. Take that girl." This song is more predatory than I expected. Then again, so are some dates. Good to always have spidey senses working for you, and have just 1 glass of wine on any first date. File Under: Valentine's Day Tips For Amateurs.
Until a couple of years ago, I thought the lyrics were "Do I, dig that girl?" (as if "I dig that girl!)
This was first released as a single from the album Eric Burdon Declares War.   I bought the album on the strength of this single and more particularly on the strength of the flip side of the single played coincidentally by some enlightened DJ.  I did not know the name of flip side but I assumed it would be on the album.  It wasn't. I didn't find out the flip side was Magic Mountain, at least in the UK, until a few years ago.  It struck me as better than Spill The Wine 40 rising 50 years ago.  
 icuski2 wrote:
Yet another classic that's not politically correct anymore if the meaning behind it is you can take advantage of a girl once she's drunk. That's why she's spilling the wine, right? Should be rewritten "Spill the wine, ask that girl if she consents." 

But I like the sound of the song nonetheless.
 
who knew ,,, I was politically incorrect at 7.......... haven't changed much 48 years later.
Yet another classic that's not politically (or morally) correct anymore if the meaning behind it is you can take advantage of a girl once she's drunk. That's why she's spilling the wine, right? Should be rewritten "Spill the wine, ask that girl if she consents." 

But I like the sound of the song nonetheless.
I was 7 years old,,, singing this song , hot summer day , out by my parents pool,,, doing my best to repeat the words, while my much older and brother and sister laughed their asses off at me..... I can still see it in my head 49 years later. 
Power to the People, then, now, always
 h8rhater wrote:
Aging is unfortunate! 
 
Your not wrong h8rhater and I’m told the alternative’s not so good either!
When I was 11 I always thought is was "do I dig that girl"
And I fell asleep and dreamed. Time for a nap. 
 ScottishWillie wrote:

He’s not the only one, unfortunately!
 



 
Aging is unfortunate!  I, for one, am going to opt out so I can stay cool.
That's a good relic! Nice curve ball in the mix.
 Typesbad wrote:

Yeah, but the girl quickly leaves and you're just left with carpet stains.

 
If wine is being spilled, she's probably intoxicated. Thereafter followed illusion, sex, and you know... carpet stains, unintended pregnancy, and/or whatever. 
saw : Monterey Pop is a 1968 concert film by D. A. Pennebaker that documents the Monterey Pop Festival of 1967
Animals and cool performers  : )
 Grammarcop wrote:
So let me get this straight: All I have to do to take the girl is to spill the wine.

I wish I knew that in high school.

 
Yeah, but the girl quickly leaves and you're just left with carpet stains.
Yes! More WAR!
This  song features my favorite rock flute, all apologies to Tull...This track kicks ass!
when I first heard it this song changed my direction in life  (towards the better funkier way)
Burdon at its Best!{#Meditate}
This is one of those songs that has always irritated the hell out of me, but in the most entertaining way. And it's crossed my path so often in my life, it's part of the fabric of it now. 
(And I'd say this even if I wasn't stoned! Except that I am.)
Cool hippie groove.
 jpfueler wrote:
He looks more over fed but not so long haired these days
 

He’s not the only one, unfortunately!
 


 westslope wrote:

BS.

Zappa gets played on occasion.

But on a personal note and just between you an me buddy, I know that you want to be 11 years old forever but frankly you should stop playing with your wee wee in public.

10^3 thanks 

 
Whoa.
Do we really need to resort to school ground taunts? 
 oldfart48 wrote:

Frank neither used , or wrote about using dope , booze,  or any other thing that crossed  with his vision of reality.....and for whatever reason you will NEVER hear ANY ZAPPA on RP. ( what's up with that ? given the sh^&t from nirvana etc. )

 
BS.

Zappa gets played on occasion.

But on a personal note and just between you an me buddy, I know that you want to be 11 years old forever but frankly you should stop playing with your wee wee in public.

10^3 thanks 
Amazon Prime offers this free documentary. It was quite good.

Eric Burdon - The Animals and Beyond

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002HJ9YWC/ref=dv_web_wtls_list_pr_1_ba
One of my all time faves.  Couldn't find this song on vinyl anywhere in 1987.  Finally went out and bought a CD player just for this one song.  Turns out that having a CD player was good for other stuff too.

{#Music} 

The original  album, "Eric Burdon Declares War" is good fun.  
 I heard Peaches in Regalia yesterday or day before.
xtalman wrote:

Just a quick search of my rating brought up this Zappa tune, 
Frank Zappa — Camarillo Brillo

It was the first one I ran across.  I know there are a couple others that pop up now a again.    

Bill we need more Zappa!!! 

 


So let me get this straight: All I have to do to take the girl is to spill the wine.

I wish I knew that in high school.
 oldfart48 wrote:

Frank neither used , or wrote about using dope , booze,  or any other thing that crossed  with his vision of reality.....and for whatever reason you will NEVER hear ANY ZAPPA on RP. ( what's up with that ? given the sh^&t from nirvana etc. )

 
Just a quick search of my rating brought up this Zappa tune, 
Frank Zappa — Camarillo Brillo

It was the first one I ran across.  I know there are a couple others that pop up now a again.    

Bill we need more Zappa!!! 
 LaurieinTucson wrote:
It's very Zappa-esque.

 
to_the_eleven wrote:
always thought this was Zappa
 



 
Frank neither used , or wrote about using dope , booze,  or any other thing that crossed  with his vision of reality.....and for whatever reason you will NEVER hear ANY ZAPPA on RP. ( what's up with that ? given the sh^&t from nirvana etc. )
 WonderLizard wrote:
I love this song, but it doesn't completely eradicate that nagging question about whether Burdon was the real deal—and he was a very good rock'n'roll vocalist—or an opportunistic poseur. Maybe he was just a vocalist for hire (The Animals before Burdon joined were the Alan Price Band), making the best of the material he had to work with.

 

Eric the EGO was a band killer....
Eric Burdon the ego that killed two great bands, The Animals and these guys WAR, the best jam , good time band in L.A.
the guy with the biggest fro? Lee Oskar, may be the greatest harmonica player in history....pick up "All Day Music" you will agree....{#Dance}
I recall hearing this come over the radio in Dad's 1967 Olds Vista Cruiser -- it was bad-ass for a station-wagon; had a 330 cu. in. ultra-high compression 102-octane engine and could throw down some serious power -- we were flying along down the hill to our favorite fishing spot...and I thought this was one of the coolest things I'd ever heard, and when the chick was laying it out, I asked Dad, "What the heck's she sayin'?" He said, "I don't know, but it sure ain't English -- weird stuff, son, do ya like it?" I nodded, totally blissing out: "Spill the wine!"
Are you really playing this on Radio Paradise?!?!  Yes, you are!!!  Dancing, whirling, jumping and singing!

Spill the wine!  Dig that girl! 
He looks more over fed but not so long haired these days
Never tire of this one
Just so funky 
A Band Apart?    Works on two levels. 

sajitjacob wrote:
Is that Harvey Keitel sitting on the ground? is that Samuel L Jackson farthest right? Is this the inspiration for every Tarantino movie ever?
 

Great song from the early 70s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This starts off mildly intriguing but becomes seriously irritating after a few minutes. If the guy sang rather than spoke the irritation factor might be reduced.
Sublime!!!
 sajitjacob wrote:
Is that Harvey Keitel sitting on the ground? is that Samuel L Jackson farthest right? Is this the inspiration for every Tarantino movie ever?


 



Hehehe! Thnx for the early morning belly laugh.
Totally love this tune!  What a great groove!
Is that Harvey Keitel sitting on the ground? is that Samuel L Jackson farthest right? Is this the inspiration for every Tarantino movie ever?


 Misterfixit wrote:
Question of the moment:  Who is the female voice who speaks in the background?

Fantasy of the moment:  Standing on a mountain top nekkid as a jay-bird ...
 
The best I've been able to find is that she was Burdon's girlfriend. Haven't found a name, tho'.
I love this song, but it doesn't completely eradicate that nagging question about whether Burdon was the real deal—and he was a very good rock'n'roll vocalist—or an opportunistic poseur. Maybe he was just a vocalist for hire (The Animals before Burdon joined were the Alan Price Band), making the best of the material he had to work with.
 Misterfixit wrote:
Question of the moment:  Who is the female voice who speaks in the background?

Fantasy of the moment:  Standing on a mountain top nekkid as a jay-bird ...
 
I am gonna BUMP this question:  You mean to tell me that I am the ONLY one on Radio Paradise who knows the answer to this question?

Dave
 
 Ndugu wrote:
It's a shame War didn't make the Rock Hall. Songs like this one stand the test of time.

Correct lyric: Spill the Wine, Dig That Pearl

And it is dirty - at least that's what Harold Brown told us.

 
The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame is practically meaningless - I'm not sure why people give any notice to inductions ultimately determined by Jan Wenner and Dave Marsh.
I believe the lyric is "take that pearl".
I could feel HOT FLAMES OF FIRE ROARING AT MY BACK!!!! {#Fire}

LOVE this song!!!!!
This was such cool video...discovered it when I was in junior high watching MTV closet classics if anyone remembers that one 
Very nice!
 Art_Carnage wrote:
An awesome song - when you're eleven years old. But it doesn't take long before it starts to really get annoying.
 
This overfed, long-haired leaping gnome still digs it.

An awesome song - when you're eleven years old. But it doesn't take long before it starts to really get annoying.
 fineweber wrote:
Am I the only one who can't listen to this without hearing "BILLY Jean is NOT MY looovvver" in the chorus?
 
...i think so, yes...

I have no idea what this song is about, but it is sooooo cooool!!{#Cool}
8 for nostalgia.
Am I the only one who can't listen to this without hearing "BILLY Jean is NOT MY looovvver" in the chorus?
I went and read about it on songfacts, and I was right about the pearl.
 Mugro wrote:
What a great idea! Let's write a song glorifying heroin! I have always kind of liked this song, but heroin is sooooo scary!!!!
 
Just because that guy said it, doesn't make it true. Pearl is also another word for clitoris. Maybe the song is just a simple sexual fantasy. Wine, women and song—-what life is all about!

It's very Zappa-esque.

 
to_the_eleven wrote:
always thought this was Zappa
 


this sounds good to my...
always thought this was Zappa
Grooveh ... with an edge! {#Devil_pimp}
{#Cool}
Question of the moment:  Who is the female voice who speaks in the background?

Fantasy of the moment:  Standing on a mountain top nekkid as a jay-bird ...
OMG. How about Nilsson's "Lime in the Coconut" next? {#Lol}
Classic!
{#Dancingbanana}{#Drummer}{#Dancingbanana_2}

 Gregorama wrote:
And I thought it was "Spill the wine, dig that girl!" I guess it IS pearl. Just goes to show you-you can learn something every day.
 
I heard "Do I, dig that girl!"  
I kinda thought he saw his girl, and I'm assuming he had a girlfriend, as a representation of all women, and he was professing his love for her to the temptress on the mountain in his dream.

Man was I off.{#Stupid} 
 jools wrote:
Oh - memories flooding back!  I am about 14/15, this is about as sophisticated as music gets..it is sunny..I might even be a bit stoned...(dope wasn't so strong in those days) my whole life is in front of me and I am dreaming of being, well, not a town planning consultant in Brighton, that's for sure.....

Hey ho. 
 
Made me laugh! 
Bumped it to 7.4 !

beeyatches
This really blew my mind, the fact that me,
an overfed long-haired leaping gnome
should be the star of a Hollywood movie


This song never fails to make me smile and sing along loudly with the chorus.
YESSSSSS!!
Very, very nice!  8-9!!

It's a shame War didn't make the Rock Hall. Songs like this one stand the test of time.

Correct lyric: Spill the Wine, Dig That Pearl

And it is dirty - at least that's what Harold Brown told us.

this is crazy, and I've been groovin to this for forty years
When I was 5 years old, this song was playing on the radio in my dad's MG while I was in the tiny spot in the back.  This was my first song memory.  I'm 43 now, this song takes me back.  Amazing for its time, and still amazing now.
Little Feat's "Spanish Moon" would make a nice pairing with this song
Oh - memories flooding back!  I am about 14/15, this is about as sophisticated as music gets..it is sunny..I might even be a bit stoned...(dope wasn't so strong in those days) my whole life is in front of me and I am dreaming of being, well, not a town planning consultant in Brighton, that's for sure.....

Hey ho. 
"me, an overfed, long-haired leaping gnome"

I have a twin!

c.
I never thought about what it might mean. Just love the beat that makes me snap my fingers, like the cool cat that I am. Flute's great. The whole feeling is so great...
Less Cool.  It's only been 4 months.
(And the commercial radio station my wife was listening to this weekend just played it too.)
old times, good times......nice blast from the past
just don't bring it back too soon, it'll ruin it 
 Mugro wrote:


What a great idea! Let's write a song glorifying heroin! I have always kind of liked this song, but heroin is sooooo scary!!!!
 

Herion is sooooo scary in that it leads to other forms of mind alteration. . . . . . . . . like whiskey.{#Drunk}
So go ahead and spill da wine! ! ! {#Cheers}
Cool! I can hear this song about once a year, and it's great every time.
One of my favorite songs of all time . . . LOVE IT!! :dancingbanana_2:
Ok, I always thought it was: Dooo I, dig that girl?? As in The Lady asking him whether he liked some dreamy otherworld bordello angel...just seemed to fit. But whatever they were thinking about when they wrote that song, whoooeee! What a great tune. High and mystical, celebratory and secret...like passing through a red door into a hidden club, a secret world. Things are crazy and real at the same time.
randomprime wrote:
So it's another drug song.
What a great idea! Let's write a song glorifying heroin! I have always kind of liked this song, but heroin is sooooo scary!!!! :eyes:
This is either the worst rock song in history or the coolest. In my mind I am able to envision both an uber-cool hippie commune sitting on a beetle bus playing this song, and also, a junior high-school jazz band with the kid in the back shaking the shaky percussion thing and staring too hard at the music. Plus, this earlier post is a lot funnier when you read the windows in this order (which I did the first time): ksb wrote:
There is no one meaning to anything. Let the song be about whatever it is to you.
randomprime wrote:
So it's another drug song.
RichardPrins wrote:
:bounce:
do it again!!!
randomprime wrote:
So it's another drug song.
There is no one meaning to anything. Let the song be about whatever it is to you.
:bounce:
This song rules.
Still sounds fresh today. Amazing...
Tritter wrote:
uhhhh me toooo and i remember clear as the day when I was a kid....MAN...but what does dig that pearl mean, anyway??!!
I'd always liked this song, but had no idea what the hell the lyrics were. So, I found this at about.com: www.about.com wrote:
Unfortunately for us wine drinkers, the lyrics actually have nothing to do with wine (or girls for that matter). The pearl referred to the pearl of the orient, i.e. heroin. Spilling the wine was a slang term for the blood that dripped when you were doing the drugs.
So it's another drug song.
masterhead wrote:
I hear dig that girl too..hummm Who else...?
uhhhh me toooo and i remember clear as the day when I was a kid....MAN...but what does dig that pearl mean, anyway??!!
I don't care if I ever hear this song again. I didn't like it 20 years ago and I still don't like it...
Angloray wrote:
just so you know, you're not alone.
Well, There is a latin and soul music combination that is extremely appealing to me...I can feel this song all the way down to my belly bottom.. I know it is not an intellectual description
Boogie Nights :)
RParadise wrote:
All right, I consider myself pretty open-minded about music, and I'm old enough to have had my driver's license when this came out. I remember it on the car radio while driving around. I just don't see the appeal of this particular song. Those of you who love it, care to clue me in?
just so you know, you're not alone.
Gregorama wrote:
And I thought it was "Spill the wine, dig that girl!" I guess it IS pearl. Just goes to show you-you can learn something every day.
I hear dig that girl too..hummm Who else...?
Gregorama wrote:
And I thought it was "Spill the wine, dig that girl!" I guess it IS pearl. Just goes to show you-you can learn something every day.
OMG! So did I! 8O :roflol:
And I thought it was "Spill the wine, dig that girl!" I guess it IS pearl. Just goes to show you-you can learn something every day.
aharamanx wrote:
Timeless classic - keep dusting them off, Bill. :clap: :bounce: :bounce: :clap:
I coldn't have said it any more eloquently! Right On!
Originally Posted by percolator: I remember this as a kid, but had no clue what he was saying in the chorus, "Two one! Get that girl!" Actually I'm still not sure what comes afterwards the Spill the Wine bit. Can anyone help me out?
Here you go! "Spill the wine and take that pearl, Spill the wine and take that pearl"
I remember this as a kid, but had no clue what he was saying in the chorus, \"Two one! Get that girl!\" Actually I\'m still not sure what comes afterwards the Spill the Wine bit. Can anyone help me out?
Timeless classic - keep dusting them off, Bill. :clap: :bounce: :bounce: :clap:
Bomberklad. Well put, bubba!
Originally Posted by beelzebubba: You either know how to 'slow burn', or you don't...... (pimp)
The weakest song on the album - but still pretty fine. \"Eric Burdon Declares War\" is what really opened my eyes to blues. Especially after I got the sheet music and saw what the harp and sax players were doing in the \"hard\" blues songs (64th notes!).
I normally can\'t stand these \'talking over the song\' songs, but this one\'s pretty groovin\' (pimp)
Originally Posted by RParadise: All right, I consider myself pretty open-minded about music, and I'm old enough to have had my driver's license when this came out. I remember it on the car radio while driving around. I just don't see the appeal of this particular song. Those of you who love it, care to clue me in?
You either know how to 'slow burn', or you don't...... (pimp)
Oh, this is just hard on the ears. I have to turn down my speakers every time he launches into the chorus... :cry:
Originally Posted by Skeletor: I want to have glorious, endless sex with the chick in this song... :hug:
SHE'S MINE! ALL MINE, YOU HEAR?? (pimp)
Anton...this one\'s for you! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
Wow, how does one explain the appeal of a tune with such grove about a sexy latin girl in a summer afternoon fantasy? Perhaps you need to get out of your car and 'spill the wine' yourself? :)
Originally Posted by RParadise: All right, I consider myself pretty open-minded about music, and I'm old enough to have had my driver's license when this came out. I remember it on the car radio while driving around. I just don't see the appeal of this particular song. Those of you who love it, care to clue me in?
Growing up in the white suburbs, this was the first easily accessible song that had a foreign language in it ("Frere Jacques" not withstanding). The Latin flavor, the cool imagery of the grass, the dreaminess, the wine, the chick in the background - this just opened up a HUGE door in the world of music. The song itself is pretty simple, but what it represented and how it pointed the way - well, that's another story entirely.
Originally Posted by RParadise: All right, I consider myself pretty open-minded about music, and I'm old enough to have had my driver's license when this came out. I remember it on the car radio while driving around. I just don't see the appeal of this particular song. Those of you who love it, care to clue me in?
This song was always playing at parties.... fun song; trying to remember the parties :D pbm 8^)
I want to have glorious, endless sex with the chick in this song... :hug:
Excuse me while I lay down in a big field of tall grass.........
I LOVE this song... :moon: :moon: :moon: