The Jeff Buckley rarity “Sky Blue Skin” is finally released

    Recorded during the late singer’s final studio session in 1996.

    Jeff Buckley performing in New York in 1991
    Jeff Buckley performing in 1991. Image: Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images

    A rare demo by the late Jeff Buckley, entitled “Sky Blue Skin,” has been officially released.

    Recorded during Buckley’s final studio session on September 13, 1996, “Sky Blue Skin” is a dreary, guitar-driven ballad that allows his crushing voice to shine. “Take the pain until it all rings hollow / We learn to loathe the truth as it shines / I already see the ghosts on the sidewalk / Kissing in the hereafter,” he sings.

    The track is part of a digital, expanded release of Buckley’s catalog by his estate. His seminal album, Grace, was reissued last week to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Also released was a video for one of his best-known songs off that record, “Lover, You Should’ve Come Over.”

    Stream “Sky Blue Skin” here: