Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Rocktober Day Thirteen: Nobody's Baby Now

Just in case things were getting a little warm and fuzzy, light and airy, around here... I thought it's time to bring the mood down a notch or two (it is day thirteen after all). And who better to bring the mood down than my dark god Mr Nick Cave.

To quote Salt'n'Pepa "what a man, what a man, what a mighty good man". Nick Cave is a mighty good man. I cannot imagine what he's like in real life because he seems so much largerer than life to me but his intellect is awesome. During the recent Australian elections Nick Cave was voted the musician most people wanted to be Prime Minister (see here if you don't believe me) and I would surely vote for him over the given alternatives. Nick Cave for PM I say!

I have many favourite songs of his; Into My Arms was our wedding song and The Ship Song is gorgeous but for beauty of lyrics I couldn't go past this one. It touches on his usual obsessions: religious imagery, lost love, passionate, dangerous realtionships.

Nobody's Baby Now (live YouTube clip from the Bizarre Festival, how apt)

I've searched the holy books
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 then and I guess I love her still
Her's is the face I see when a certain mood moves in
She lives in my blood and skin

Her wild feral stare, her dark hair
Her winter lips as cold as stone

Yeah, I was her man
But there are some things love won't allow
I held her hand but I don't hold it now

I don't know why and I don't know how
But she's nobody's baby now

This is her dress that I loved best
With the blue quilted violets across the breast

And these are my many letters
Torn to pieces by her long-fingered hand

I was her cruel-hearted man
And though I've tried to lay her ghost down
She's moving through me, even now

I don't know why and I don't know how
But she's nobody's baby now
She's nobody's baby now
Nobody's baby now
She's nobody's baby now

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