MURDER IN SONG: WHERE THE WILD ROSES GROW-NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS AND KYLIE MINOGUE (1995)

I promised I would feature Where the Wild Roses Grow” for someone who commented that it was the ultimate murder ballad; I just can’t remember who it was. They may be right; the song is a haunting and morbid tale of ‘boy meets girl, falls in love, takes her to the river for a presumably romantic time and bashes her head in with a rock, forever sealing her fate and cursing her with a post-mortem sobriquet that she, as a ghost, does not seem to understand or want. Minogue sings her lines with just the right amount of haunted angst and Cave? Well, Cave sings his lines like the type of guy who would hit a girl over the head with a rock. From the album Murder Ballads I present to you Where the Wild Roses Grow”. Enjoy.

Where the Wild Roses Grow
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
They call me The Wild Rose
But my name was Elisa Day
Why they call me it I do not know
For my name was Elisa Day
From the first day I saw her I knew she was the one
As she stared in my eyes and smiled
For her lips were the colour of the roses
They grew down the river, all bloody and wild
When he knocked on my door and entered the room
My trembling subsided in his sure embrace
He would be my first man, and with a careful hand
He wiped the tears that ran down my face
They call me The Wild Rose
But my name was Elisa Day
Why they call me it I do not know
For my name was Elisa Day
On the second day I brought her a flower
She was more beautiful than any woman I’d seen
I said, ‘Do you know where the wild roses grow
So sweet and scarlet and free?’
On the second day he came with a single rose
Said: ‘Will you give me your loss and your sorrow?’
I nodded my head, as I laid on the bed
He said, ‘If I show you the roses will you follow?’
They call me The Wild Rose
But my name was Elisa Day
Why they call me it I do not know
For my name was Elisa Day
On the third day he took me to the river
He showed me the roses and we kissed
And the last thing I heard was a muttered word
As he stood smiling above me with a rock in his fist
On the last day I took her where the wild roses grow
And she lay on the bank, the wind light as a thief
As I kissed her goodbye, I said, ‘All beauty must die’
And lent down and planted a rose between her teeth
They call me The Wild Rose
But my name was Elisa Day
Why they call me it I do not know
For my name was Elisa Day
Songwriters: Nick CAVE

 

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