'Everybody Here Wants You' is one of my favorite songs. Do we know who it was written for? Has Jeff ever commented on the writing of this song?
That is a good choice for favorite songs! I have always heard that it was a love song written for Joan Wasser, his girlfriend at the time. I personally haven’t read any interviews where Jeff discusses Everybody, it came out posthumous on Sketches, which means to me that he probably never got the chance to discuss it, sadly. There is a quote from his mother, Mary Guibert, where she talks about Everybody:
“The first song I heard was “Everybody Here Wants You.” And I have to tell you, Simon, this was on the plane coming up from Memphis the Tuesday after the Thursday night he had gone missing. The official word was that Jeff was missing, but by then the police and I knew we weren’t dragging the river looking for a live Jeff Buckley. I was on the plane going to New York to begin the job of securing his apartment and all that stuff. The person who was holding the tapes was playing one, and he said, “Oh, you’ve got to hear this Mary,” and clapped the headset on me before I could protest. And the first strains I heard were those first notes of “Everybody Here Wants You.” When he got to the part where he sings, “I’m only here for this moment,” I was a quivering mess, but the song itself was so beautiful I had to listen to it three or four more times. And as the first shock of hearing his voice again settled in, I was struck by the absolute preciousness of this song. If it was the only song there was, I might have found some way to releasing it.” Mary Guibert
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