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

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And I think my head is burning
And in a way I’m yearning
To be done with all this measuring of proof.
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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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September 22: Nick Cave was born in 1957 – Nick Cave sings Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan & Nick Cave, Glastonbury Festival, June 28th, 1998 – Photo by Bleddyn Butcher

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_color=”mulled_wine” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-quote-left”]It was raining heavily and I was standing in the doorway of my Trailer in the band enclosure, watching the water rise quicker and quicker, so that now it was running into my trailer. There was a crack of thunder, I looked up and saw a man in a hooded windcheater rowing a tiny boat across the enclosure toward me. The water is now up to my knees. The man pulls the boat in and extends a hand that has a long thumbnail. His hand in mine feels smooth and cold, but giving. The man, who is Bob Dylan, say something like, “I like your stuff,” and before I can reply, he turns the boat around and rows back to his trailer.
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Nicholas Edward Cave AO (born 22 September 1957) is an Australian musician, singer-songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional actor, best known for fronting the rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Cave’s music is generally characterised by his baritone voice, emotional intensity, a wide variety of influences and lyrical obsessions with death, religion, love and violence.

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Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and more cover Leonard Cohen (born September 21, 1934)

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When things get really bad, you just raise your glass and stamp your feet and do a little jig, and that’s all you can do
– Leonard Cohen

“He (Bob Dylan) said, ‘I like this song you wrote called Hallelujah.’ In fact, he started doing it in concert. He said, ‘How long did that take you to write?’ And I said, ‘Oh, the best part of two years.’ He said, ‘Two years?’ Kinda shocked. And then we started talking about a song of his called I And I from Infidels. I said, ‘How long did you take to write that.’ He said, ‘Ohh, 15 minutes.’ I almost fell off my chair. Bob just laughed.”
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Leonard Norman Cohen (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016) was a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet, and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and romantic relationships. Cohen was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honour.

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September 17: Nick Cave and The Bad Seed released The Weeping Song in 1990

Go son, go down to the water
And see the women weeping there
Then go up into the mountains
The men, they are weeping too
Father, why are all the women weeping?
They are weeping for their men
Then why are all the men there weeping?
They are weeping back at them

The Weeping Song is a song by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds appearing on their 1990 album The Good Son. It was released as a single September 17 in 1990 by Mute Records.

The song seems dark in the lyrics, but more uplifting and a bit like Gene Pitney’s Something gotten hold of my heart (covered by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds on an earlier album). It has changed quite a bit live over the years, it has become a more “chugging” foreboding hymn, and it seems as fresh today as it did 30 years ago.

The single had a slightly different mix than the one on the album.

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10 Great Nick Cave Songs (videos)

Nick Cave is 61 today, here are 10 of his best.

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Check out:


  1. THE MERCY SEAT – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

  2. STAGGER LEE (cover)



  5. HENRY LEE (w/ PJ Harvey)



  10. DEATH IS NOT THE END (Bob Dylan) – guilty pleasure

..and remember to search youtube for more brilliant Nick Cave songs !!


September 22: Happy Birthday Nick Cave

Nick Cave Bergenfest 2013
Photo: AllDylan

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_color=”mulled_wine” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-quote-left”]“If you got a trumpet, get on your feet, brother, and blow it!”

― Nick Cave

“I was about 12 years old and I was sitting watching the television and it was some kind of talent show, you know, and on marches this monkey, this ape, in a pair of red-checked trousers with a little matching jacket holding a ukulele and it started jigging around playing it, and it was looking straight into the camera, straight at me, and I remember thinking, that’s it, that’ll be me, you know, that’ll be me.”
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Nicholas Edward “Nick” Cave (born 22 September 1957) is an Australian musician, songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional film actor.

photo: alldylan

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