Tim Minchin’s song ‘White Wine in the Sun.’

I’ve mentioned Tim Minchin before, he’s the British-born Australian comedian who happens to be an atheist, and I keep meaning to track down more of his work. Then I get distracted and forget to do so. I was reminded of this intention on my part this evening by this entry at The Meming of Life in which Dale McGowan talks about his selfish desire to not allow Tim Minchin to die until after he has passed away himself.

He cites as justification for this irrational desire just how amazing Tim’s comedic and musical talents are. He presents the following as one of the examples of why. It’s technically a Christmas song, but today is Thanksgiving so I feel I can get away with it. It’s called White Wine in the Sun:

I was not at all prepared for the emotional reaction I had to this wonderful song. Especially not while sitting at work at the end of my shift just about to go home for the night. I tend to be rather sentimental myself and, while I don’t have the best relationship with all the members of my family, the song hits home with how thoughts of family make me feel.

I’m definitely going to have to purchase some of his CDs.

7 thoughts on “Tim Minchin’s song ‘White Wine in the Sun.’

  1. I saw him live in London last month and he finished with this song. It’s very powerful and the lyrics really rang home.

  2. It was really moving for me as well. When he references his new infant and how “and you won’t understand but you will learn some day that wherever you and whatever your face these are the people who make you feel safe in this world” though, was really hard. I work with my state’s child protective services, and too many children in this world don’t have reason to feel safe with the family they were born into. I just wish that that line could be true for all kids, not just some.

  3. I am 67 and this song moves me enormously. Whilst you should never read things into lyrics that the writer may not have intended, I believe this song is primarily about death. It is his way of telling his daughter that when she reaches the end of her life they (Mum Dad Grandad, Uncles and Aunts) will all be there waiting – drinking white wine in the sun.

    A tremendous song, matched only by a couple of songs off Carousel.

    Stuart Clapham


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