Nick Cave Best Songs – 5 different lists (Mojo, Uncut, The Guardian and more)

And the mercy seat is waiting
And I think my head is burning
And in a way I’m yearning
To be done with all this measuring of proof.
-> Nick Cave (The Mercy Seat)

The 50 Greatest Songs of Nick Cave

MOJO Magazine – June 2020

1 The Mercy Seat (Tender Prey, 1988)
2 Into My Arms (The Boatman’s Call, 1997)
3 From Her to Eternity (From Her to Eternity, 1984)
4 Tupelo (The Firstborn Is Dead, 1985)
5 The Ship Song (The Good Son, 1990)
6 Red Right Hand (Let Love In, 1994)
7 (Are You) The One That I’ve Been Waiting For? (The Boatman’s Call, 1997)
8 Mutiny in Heaven (Mutiny EP, 1983) – The Birthday Party
9 Straight to You (Henry’s Dream, 1992)
10 Ghosteen (Ghosteen, 2019)
11 Jubilee Street (Push the Sky Away, 2013)
12 We Call Upon the Author (Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, 2008)
13 People Ain’t No Good (The Boatman’s Call, 1997)
14 Skeleton Tree (Skeleton Tree, 2016)
15 Deanne (Tender Prey, 1988)
16 Bright Horses (Ghosteen, 2019)
17 The Weeping Song (The Good Son, 1990)
18 Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, 2008)
19 Saint Huck (From Her to Eternity, 1984)
20 Push the Sky Away (Push the Sky Away, 2013)
21 The Carny (Your Funeral… My Trial, 1986)
22 City of Refugee (Tender Prey, 1988)
23 Stagger Lee (Murder Ballads, 1996)
24 More News from Nowhere (Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, 2008)
25 No Pussy Blues (Grinderman, 2007) – Grinderman
26 Jesus Alone (Skeleton Tree, 2016)
27 Do You Love Me? (Part 2) (Let Love In, 1994)
28 Leviathan (Ghosteen, 2019)
29 Breathless (Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus, 2004)
30 Stranger Than Kindness (Your Funeral… My Trial, 1986)
31 There She Goes, My Beautiful World (Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus, 2004)
32 Where the Wild Roses Grow (The Abbey Road Sessions, 2012) – Kylie Minogue
33 Higgs Boson Blues (Push the Sky Away, 2013)
34 God Is in the House (The Abattoir Blues Tour, 2007)
35 The Good Son (The Good Son, 1990)
36 Hollywood (Ghosteen, 2019)
37 Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow (No More Shall We Part, 2001)
38 Sad Waters (Your Funeral… My Trial, 1986)
39 Easy Money (Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus, 2004)
40 Helpless (The Bridge: A Tribute to Neil Young, 1989)
41 Release the Bats (Non-album single, 1981) – The Birthday Party
42 Palaces of Montezuma (Grinderman 2, 2010) – Grinderman
43 Sonny’s Burning (The Bad Seed EP, 1982) – The Birthday Party
44 Mermaids (Push the Sky Away, 2013)
45 Papa Won’t Leave You, Henry (Henry’s Dream, 1992)
46 Rock of Gibraltar (Nocturama, 2003)
47 She’s Not There (True Blood: Music from the HBO Series: Vol.3, 2011)
48 Nature Boy (Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus, 2004)
49 End Crawl (Lawless OST, 2012)
50 Scum (Flexidisc, 1986)
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Bob Dylan Sings Neil Young’s Old Man (3 versions)

Old man look at my life,
I’m a lot like you were.
Old man look at my life,
I’m a lot like you were.

Old Man” is a song written and performed by Neil Young on his 1972 album Harvest. “Old Man” was released as a single on Reprise Records on April 17, 1972, reaching number 4 in Canada, and number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for the week ending June 3.

Bob Dylan played “Old Man” 33 times on his 2002 tour, and here are 3 of them:
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April 16: Bob Dylan recorded Someone’s Got a Hold of My Heart in 1983

This is not the jokerman. This is someone whose heart can be got ahold of. And in a real sense this person is more vulnerable, and even more in need of a place to hide, than the genius who could write and perform “Blind Willie McTell.”
~Paul Williams (Bob Dylan: Performing Artist, Vol 2: The Middle Years 1974-1986)

It’s getting harder and harder to recognize the trap
Too much information about nothing, too much educated rap
Never could learn to drink that blood, and call it wine
What looks large from a distance, close up is never that big
~Bob Dylan (Someone’s Got a Hold of My Heart)

Great song recorded during the “infidels” sessions April 1983, but sadly not included on the released album.

It later developed into “Tight Connection to My Heart (Has Anybody Seen My Love)”, recorded during the “Empire Burlesque” sessions in 1985 (and released on that album).

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Bob Dylan: 5 Brilliant Live Versions of “License To Kill”

Man thinks ’cause he rules the earth he can do with it as he please
And if things don’t change soon, he will
Oh, man has invented his doom
First step was touching the moon

License to Kill was recorded April 13, 1983 @ Studio A, Power Station, New York City.

Performed 46 times live, top year was 1984 with 30 performances.

NBC Studios
Rockefeller Center
New York City, New York
22 March 1984

Late Night with David Letterman

Now, there’s a woman on my block
She just sit there as the night grows still
She say who, gonna take away his license to kill?



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Bob Dylan: Willin’ (Lowell George)

I been warped by the rain, driven by the snow
I’m drunk and dirty don’t ya know, and I’m still, willin’
Out on the road late at night, Seen my pretty Alice in every head light
Alice, Dallas Alice

Lowell Thomas George (April 13, 1945 – June 29, 1979) was an American songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, who was the primary guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the rock band Little Feat.

  1. Song facts & different versions
  2. Lyrics
  3. Bob Dylan
  4. Bob Dylan versions

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Bob Dylan: Listen to 5 Wonderful live versions of “Tomorrow Is A Long Time”

Yeah, Elvis Presley. I liked Elvis Presley… Elvis Presley recorded a song of mine. That’s the one recording I treasure the most… It was called Tomorrow Is A Long Time. I wrote it but never recorded it.
~Bob Dylan (to Jann Wenner, Nov 1969)

“Tomorrow Is a Long Time” is an example of an exceptional Dylan song from 1962-63 that as far as we know he never chose to record in any of his Columbia studio sessions, although many lesser songs were recorded, sometimes more than once.
~Paul Williams (Bob Dylan Performing Artist I: The Early Years 1960-1973 )

Dylan’s officially released version of the song is a live recording from his April 12, 1963, concert at New York’s Town Hall. Dylan had recorded the song in December 1962 as a demo for M. Witmark & Sons, his publishing company. This particular recording, long available as a bootleg, was released by Columbia in 2010 on The Bootleg Series Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964. A studio version of the song, an outtake from the June 1970 sessions for New Morning, has also been bootlegged.

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