Blind Lemon Jefferson – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

Tap tap tappin with his cane Blind Lemon Jefferson is a-coming Tap tap tappin with his cane His last ditch lies down the road of trials Down the road of trials Half filled with rain O Sycamore, Sycamore! Stretch your arms across the storm Down fly two greasy brother-crows They hop’n’bop They hop’n’bop They hop’n’bop […]

The Ship Song – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

And burn your bridges down We make a little history, baby Every time you come around Come loose your dogs upon me And let your hair hang down You are a little mystery to me Every time you come around We talk about it all night long We define our moral ground But when I […]

Sweetheart Come – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

It ain’t that bad I don’t claim to understand The troubles that you’ve had But the dogs you say they fed you to Lay their muzzles in your lap And the lions that they led you to Lie down and take a nap The ones you fear are wind and air And I love you […]

Thirsty Dog – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

But I’m sorry for this three year war For the setting up of camps and wire and trenches I’m sorry for the other night I know sorry it don’t make it right I’m sorry for things I can’t even mention I’m sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry I’m sitting feeling sorry in the Thirsty Dog I’m sorry, […]

The Hammer Song – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

The night was cold and vast And my brother slept And though I left quite quietly My father raged and raged And my mother wept Now, my life was like a river All sucked into the ground And then the hammer came down Lord, the hammer came down Many miles did I roam Through the […]

The Loom Of The Land – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

Along the loom of the land When I walked with sweet Sally Hand upon hand And the wind it bit bitter For a boy of no means With no shoes on his feet And a knife in his jeans Along the loom of the land The mission bells peeled From the tower at Saint Mary’s […]

In The Ghetto – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

As the snow flies On a cold and grey Chicago morn A poor little baby child is born in the ghetto And his mama cries Cause there’s one thing that she don’t need Is another little hungry mouth to feed in the ghetto Oh people don’t you understand This child needs a helping hand He’s […]

A Box For Black Paul – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

Ah’m enquirin on behalf of his soul Ah’d be beholdin to ya all For a lil information, just a little indication Just who’ll dig the hole? When ya done ransackin’ his room grabbin any damn thing that shines, throw the scraps down on the street Like all his books and his notes. All his books […]

The Six Strings That Drew Blood – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

His eyes like wheels spinnin’ round Jerkin-off at every sound Layin’ all his crosses down O yeah He got Six Strings The Six Strings that drew blood The bar is full of Holy-Joes A Holy-hole-a-whole-aria Around the neck of our consumptive rose is the root of all his sorrows O yeah He got Six Strings […]

She Fell Away – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

Carbed apart the madness that I stumbled from But she fell away She fell away Shed me like a skin She fell away Left me holding everything Once the road lay open like a girl And we drank and laughed and threw the bottle over But she fell away She fell away I did not […]

The Moon Is In The Gutter – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

And the stars wash down the sink I am the king of the blues I scape the clay off my shoes And wade down the gutter and the moon The moon blinds my eye with opal cataracts As I cut through the saw-mills and the stacks, Leaping over the gully where I would one day […]

Sad Waters – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

Hair of gold and lips like cherries We go down to the river where the willows weep Take a naked root for a lovers seat That rose out of the bitten soil But sound to the ground by creeping ivy coils O Mary you have seduced my soul And I don’t know right from wrong […]

Where Do We Go Now But Nowhere – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

The carnival drums all mad in the air Grim reapers and skeletons and a missionary bell O where do we go now but nowhere In a colonial hotel we fucked up the sun And then we fucked it down again Well the sun comes up and the sun goes down Going round and round to […]

Loverman – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

(How much longer?) There’s a devil waiting outside your door It is bucking and braying and pawing at the floor And he’s howling with pain and crawling up the walls There’s a devil waiting outside your door He’s weak with evil and broken by the world He’s shouting your name and he’s asking for more […]

Rainy Night In Soho – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

I’ve been loving you a long time Down all the years, down all the days And I’ve cried for all your troubles Smiled at your funny little ways We watched our friends grow up together And we saw them as they fell Some of them fell into heaven And some of them fell into hell […]

Babe, I Got You Bad – Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

Dreaming blood-wet dreams only madmen have Baby I got you bad I wish to God I never had And it makes me feel so sad, O, Baby I got you bad Yeah, Babe I got you bad I long for your kiss, for the turn of your mouth Your body is a long thing Heading […]

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 […]

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