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.
“And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks” – Acts 9:5
Kicking Against the Pricks is the third album released by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. First released in 1986, the album is a collection of cover versions. Like many of our favorite artists (Dylan, Springsteen), Nick Cave dove into “the great songbook from the past” and gave us an album that really stood out in 1986. It wasn’t country, and it most certainly did not fit that new-wave look of Nick Cave and The Bad Seed. They play the songs in a straightforward way, not trying to modernize or make them more rock’n roll. This album was very important in my journey back to traditional folk music and blues standards.
It still stands up very well, and is one of my favorite Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds albums.
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)