Mercy – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

In the middle month of winter My camel skin was torture I was in a state of nature The wind, sir, it was wicked I was so alone Just as I predicted My followers were gone And I cried `Mercy’ Have mercy upon me And I got down on my knees Thrown into a dungeon […]

Christina The Astonishing – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

Lived a long time ago She was stricken with a seizure At the age of twenty-two They took her body in a coffin To a tiny church in Liege Where she sprang up from the coffin Just after the Agnus Dei She soared up to the rafters Perched on a beam up there Cried “;The […]

Stagger Lee – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

He had a Colt.45 and a deck of cards Stagger Lee He wore rat-drawn shoes and an old stetson hat Had a ’28 Ford, had payments on that Stagger Lee His woman threw him out in the ice and snow And told him, “;Never ever come back no more”; Stagger Lee So he walked through […]

Jesus Met The Woman At The Well – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

Jesus met the woman at the well Jesus met the woman at the well And he told her, everything that she’d done, that she’d done And he said, woman, look-a here woman, Tell me where is your husband? She said whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, I don’t have one He said, woman, look-a here woman, They […]

O’Malley’s Bar – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

Of an enviable hight And I’ve been known to be quite handsome In a certain angle and in certain light Well I entered into O’Malley’s Said, “;O’Malley I have a thirst”; O’Malley merely smiled at me Said “;You wouldn’t be the first”; I knocked on the bar and pointed To a bottle on the shelf […]

The Carnival Is Over – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

Say goodbye, my one true lover And we’ll steal a lover’s song How it breaks my heart to leave you Now the carnival has gone Oh my love, the dawn is breaking And my tears are falling rain For the carnival is over We may never meet again Like a drum my heart was beating […]

New Morning – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

A new sun was shining The sky was a Kingdom All covered in blood The moon and the stars Where the troops that lay conquered Like fruit left to wither Poor spiritual food And the spears of bright sun All brave with it conquest Did hover unearthly In banners of fire I kneit in the […]

People Ain’t No Good – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

I think that’s welll understood You can see it everywhere you look People just ain’t no good We were married under cherry trees Under blossom we made pour vows All the blossoms come sailing down Through the streets and through the playgrounds The sun would stream on the sheets Awoken by the morning bird We’d […]

From Her To Eternity – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

You know, she lives in room 29 Why… Why… that’s the one right up top a mine Ah start to cry, Ah start to cry O Ah hear her walkin’ Walkin’ barefoot cross the floor-boards All thru this lonesome night Ah hear her crying too. Hot-tears come splashin on down Leaking thru the cracks, Down […]

West Country Girl – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

Comes from the West country where the birds sing bass She’s got a house-big heart where we all live And plead and council and forgive Her widow’s peak, her lips I’ve kissed Her glove of bones at her wrist That I have held in my hand Her Spanish fly and her monkey gland Her Godly […]

Hallelujah – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

I’d been staring out the window most of the morning I’d watched the rain claw at the glass And a vicious wind blew hard and fast I should have taken it as a warning As a warning As a warning As a warning I’d given my nurse the weekend off My meals were ill prepared […]

The Sorrowful Wife – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

Our friends awarded her courage with gifts Now as the nights grow longer and the season shifts I look to my sorrowful wife Who is quietly tending her flowers Who is quietly tending her….. The water is high on the beckoning river I made her a promise I could not deliver And the cry of […]

Jangling Jack – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

Goes Yackety Yack Visits the home of the brave Hails a fat yellow cab Jack wanna celebrate Jack wanna big drink Driver drops him at a bar Called the Rinky Dink Jack pushes through the door And crosses the floor Tips his hat to a man Grinning in the corner Going Do da do Do […]

Say Goodbye To The Little Girl Tree – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

O you know that I must say goodbye To the little girl tree This wall I built around you Is made out of stone-lies O little girl the truth would be An axe in thee O father look to your daughter Brick of grief and stricken morter With this ring This silver hoop of wire […]

Sugar Sugar Sugar – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

That man is bad The road he drives you down O sugar its a drag That road it twists That road is crossed Its down that road A lot of little girls go lost Sugar Sugar Sugar Keep on driving on Until the City of right Becomes the City of wrong That stretch is long […]

Avalanche – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

I stepped into an avalanche It covered up my soul When I am not this hunchback that you see I sleep beneath the golden hill You who wish to conquer pain You must learn to serve me well You strike my side by accident As you go down to your goal This cripple here that […]

Slowly Goes The Night – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

So slowly goes the night I trace the print of your body with my hand Like the map of some forbidden land I trace the ghosts of your bones With my trembling hand Dark is my night But darker is my day yeah I must’ve been blind Out of my mind Not to read the […]

The Curse Of Millhaven – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

And it’s small and it’s mean and it’s cold But if you come around just as the sun goes down You can watch the whole town turn to gold It’s around about then that I used to go a-roaming Singing La la la la La la la lie All God’s children they all gotta die […]

The Carny – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

And the weeks flew by Until they moved on the show Leaving his caravan behind It was parked out on the south east ridge And as the company crossed the bridge With the first rain filling the bone-dry river bed It shone, just so, upon the edge Away, away, we’re sad, they said Dog-boy, atlas, […]

Nobody’s Baby Now – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

I tried to unravel the mystery of Jesus Christ, the saviour I’ve read the poets and the analysts Searched through the books on human behaviour I travelled this world around For an answer that refused to be found I don’t know why and I don’t know how But she’s nobody’s baby now I loved her […]

Brother, My Cup Is Empty – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

And I haven’t got a penny For to buy no more whiskey I have to go home I am the captain of my pain Tis the bit, the bridle, The trashing cane The stirrup, the harness The whipping mane The pickled eye The shrinking brain O brother, buy me one more drink I’ll explain the […]

Black Crow King – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

I am the black crow king Mmmmm Mmmmm Mmmmm I am the black crow king Keeper of the nodding corn Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam! All the hammers are a-talking All the nails are a-singing So sweet and low You can hear it in the valley Where live the lame and the blind They climb the […]

Lament – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

your seaside eyes Your vampire tooth, your little truth Your tiny lies I know your trembling hand, your guilty prize Your sleeping limbs, your foreign hymns Your midnight cries So dry your eyes And turn your head away Now there’s nothing more to say Now you’re gone away I know your trail of tears, your […]

Sunday’s Slave – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

Monday’s got one too Sunday’s got a slave Monday’s got one too Our sufferings are countless Our pleasures are motley few Spend all day digging my grave Now go get Sunday’s slave Tuesday sleeps in a stable Wednesday’s in a chains Tuesday gathers up the crumbs under the table Wednesday dare not complain My heart […]

Sleeping Analeah – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

Yesterday the sun was shining but you’re finding the sun it Don’t shine all the time A winter day suddenly came your way And you ran into your mind Sleeping Analeah, Weeping Analeah Do you think you’re ready for me? Oh and yesterday is gone forever and ever, never To be again You looked for […]

Henry Lee – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

Get down, get down, little Henry Lee And stay all night with me You won’t find a girl in this damn world That will compare with me And the wind did howl and the wind did blow La la la la la La la la la lee A little bird lit down on Henry Lee […]

Oh My Lord – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

It’s a mistake I sometimes make My children lay asleep in bed My wife lay wide-awake I kissed her softly on the brow I tried not to make a sound But with stony eyes she looked at me And gently squeezed my hand Call it a premonition, call it a crazy vision Call it intuition, […]

All Tomorrow’s Parties – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

And what costume shall the poor girl wear To all tomorrow’s parties A hand-me-down dress from who knows where To all tomorrow’s parties And where will she go and what shall she do When midnight comes around She’ll turn once more to Sunday’s gown And cry behind the door And what costume shall the poor […]

Papa Won’t Leave You, Henry – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

The wind hung wet around my neck My head it rung with screams and groans From the night I spent amongst her bones I passed beside the mission house Where that mad old buzzard, the reverend, Shrieked and flapped about life after your dead Well, I thought about my friend, Michel How they rolled him […]