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.
“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.”
― Nick Cave
Nicholas Edward “Nick” Cave (born 22 September 1957) is an Australian musician, songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional film actor.
I’ve always had an obligation to creation, above all.
People think I’m a miserable sod but it’s only because I get asked such bloody miserable questions.
Everything’s dissolving, babe, according to plan
The sky is on fire, the dead are heaped across the land
I went to bed last night and my
moral code got jammed
I woke up this morning with a Frappucino in my hand
~Nick Cave (Abattoir Blues)