Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Song Stuck in My Head When I Woke Up This Morning

If you've ever wondered what it would sound like if Tom Waits recorded Bob Dylan's "The Man in the Long Black Coat" with a little groove, it might go something like this.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: "Red Right Hand" from Let Love In (1994).



Take a little walk to the edge of town
Go across the tracks
Where the viaduct looms,
like a bird of doom
As it shifts and cracks
Where secrets lie in the border fires,
in the humming wires
Hey man, you know
you're never coming back
Past the square, past the bridge,
past the mills, past the stacks
On a gathering storm comes
a tall handsome man
In a dusty black coat with
a red right hand

He'll wrap you in his arms,
tell you that you've been a good boy
He'll rekindle all the dreams
it took you a lifetime to destroy
He'll reach deep into the hole,
heal your shrinking soul
But there won't be a single thing
that you can do
He's a god, he's a man,
he's a ghost, he's a guru
They're whispering his name
through this disappearing land
But hidden in his coat
is a red right hand

Don't got no money?
He'll get you some
You don't have no car? He'll get you one
You don't have no self-respect,
you feel like an insect
Well don't you worry, buddy,
'cause here he comes
Through the ghettos and the barrio
and the bowery and the slum
A shadow is cast wherever he stands
Stacks of green paper in his
red right hand

[Organ solo]

You'll see him in your nightmares,
you'll see him in your dreams
He'll appear out of nowhere but
he ain't what he seems
You'll see him in your head,
on the TV screen
Hey, buddy, I'm warning you
to turn it off
He's a ghost, he's a god,
he's a man, he's a guru
You're one microscopic cog
in his catastrophic plan
Designed and directed by
his red right hand

4 comments:

crystal said...

I think Nick Cave is an aquired taste :)

cowboyangel said...

He has been for me. I've always sort of liked him but didn't really listen to him that much. Liam, however, kept giving me CDs, and then invited me to go see him in concert. Slowly but surely, I've come to appreciate him a lot. He's a good writer, for one thing - that always makes a difference to me.

Fiona said...

I find this particular album quite comforting.

cowboyangel said...

I've been enjoying it a lot. Thanks for the CD!