Dandelion Wine

Solomon’s Song of Songs.

She

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—
    for your love is more delightful than wine.
Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes;
    your name is like perfume poured out.
    No wonder the young women love you!
Take me away with you—let us hurry!
    Let the king bring me into his chambers.

  • Song of Songs 1:1-4a

“When I was very small my grandmother told me
Two things in life are finer than fine
To love when you’re young and then when you’re older
To dream by the fire with dandelion wine

Chorus
Dandelion wine will make you remember
The first days of spring in the middle of December
2x Dandelion wine, dandelion wine

The first time I kissed her I felt the earth tremble
The sky turned around and the fields were a flame
The dandelions bloomed by the millions and millions
And each golden blossom was singing her name

Chorus
Dandelion wine will make you remember
The first days of spring in the middle of December
2x Dandelion wine, dandelion wine

The summer was dry and the autumn was bitter
The year and my love both drifted away
But the magic lived on in the glass as I raised it
I offer a toast to the past and I say…

Chorus
Dandelion wine will make you remember
The first days of spring in the middle of December
2x Dandelion wine, dandelion wine

  • Tony Hicks, Dandelion Wine, as sung by Liam Clancy

Our return home from Nebraska was delayed by a few hours.  Since the weekend featured a high school graduation (our grandson), a birthday (our older daughter-in-law), a reunion (us, my older son’s family, and my younger son and his wife), and Mother’s Day (three mothers: my wife and both daughters-in-law), my older son ordered dandelion wine.  The rush shipment was “guaranteed” by noon on the Friday before the weekend.  The wine arrived the following Monday about 10:15am.  As Maxwell Smart used to say – holding thumb and index finger a little apart – on the old TV Show, Get Smart, “Missed it by that much!”

Why did our son think of such an odd way to celebrate the weekend?  He’d heard the Makem and Clancy cassette tape playing in the car for years.  He could only remember the chorus, and he was curious as to the flavor of dandelion wine.

In a way, he was trying the recapture a fond memory from his youth and creating a new one.  Since our younger son and his wife were already gone when the wine arrived, the other daughter-in-law gave us both bottles.  In the end, her husband, our son, would have to wait until the local wineries in Nebraska made their dandelion wine for this year, and hopefully, he will get a bottle.  That, or order more – just for himself.

By the way, the wine has an interesting flavor.  It is well worth trying.

As for the song, love was gained and then was lost – remembered in the dandelion wine.  If you tie that with the Scripture, love is more delightful than wine.

Love here in this world can be gained and lost.  Sometimes we are left with nothing more than our memories and a bottle of wine.

But there is a love that lasts beyond this world.  Jesus loves us – as Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story movies would say, “To Infinity, and Beyond.”

To enjoy the song as we did, use the link below for the Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy concert, Live at the National Concert Hall.  I have not tried their two cures using dandelions (in the introduction of the song): the warts and ‘the other thing.’

Maybe this is just a small bit of Bible study and a lot more of remembrance of wonderful times with my family, but I will always have a few eons in which to sit on the porch of the mansion that Jesus has prepared and sing Dandelion Wine.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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