The noise of sorrow itself

NICK CAVE – THE COMPLETE LYRICS 1978-2013

NICK CAVE LYRICS BOOK

The lyrics in this beautiful book span the entire career of singer, musician and author Nick Cave. From The Birthday Party to the Bad Seeds, Grinderman to film scores, every example of his dark gothic writing is collected and presented here.

Cave’s lyrics are often described as challenging, covering themes like murder, God, sex and death. His songs are commonly biblical and violent. However, he is also one of music’s greatest love song writers. Indeed the book opens with a transcription of a lecture that he delivered at the 1998 Vienna Poetry Festival entitled The Secret Life of the Love Song.

“I believe the love song to be a sad song,” he says. “It is the noise of sorrow itself.”

Nick Cave began writing songs following the death of his father. Aged 20 he started to read the Bible and began drawing on “the brutal prose” of the Old Testament for his songwriting. He became especially inspired by the Psalms, which he says “became the blueprint for my more sadistic love songs.”

NICKCAVEPROFILE

The Southsea Bookworm has long been a fan of Nick Cave particularly his work with the Bad Seeds so I found this book to be an absolute treat.

MY TOP 10 NICK CAVE SONGS:

  1. The Weeping Song
  2. Into My Arms
  3. Do You Love Me?
  4. Love Letter
  5. Hallelujah
  6. Wide Lovely Eyes
  7. Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow
  8. Far From Me
  9. The Mercy Seat
  10. Nobody’s Baby Now

What’s your favourite Nick Cave song? Please leave a comment below.

Notes on Nick Cave:

  • Born in Australia in 1957. Moved to London with his band The Birthday Party in 1980
  • Formed Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds in 1984. They have released 15 studio albums to date. The latest being 2013’s Push The Sky Away
  • Nick is also the author of 2 novels, has worked on films and recorded 2 albums with his band, Grinderman
  • He now lives in Brighton, UK

SOUTHSEA BOOKWORM RATING: 8/10

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