Any song that begins with the verse:
‘I don’t believe in an interventionist God
but I know darling, that you do’
but if I did I would kneel down and ask Him
not to intervene when it came to you
not to touch a hair on your head
to leave you as you are
And if He felt He had to direct you
then direct you into my arms’
was bound to attract my attention. This is, in my humble opinion, one of the most romantic songs ever written.
Nick Cave is an Australian singer who has been around for ever. He and his band The Bad Seeds have a back catalogue that is diverse to say the least. Do look him up on Wikipedia – which describes him as having ‘lyrical obsessions with death, religion, love and violence’. (How could I not like him?). His life has not been without tragedy.
Some of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ music is currently being used heavily in what is one of the most powerful, unique, explosive and compelling pieces of British drama – ‘Peaky Blinders’ – which, if I was recommending television, I would say start with Series 1 and experience something very special. There is nothing anywhere quite like it.
Cave (like Peaky Blinders!) is an acquired taste, but I hope you enjoy this. Moving video too.
(This has been another of my occasional posts about music that you may not have heard, but I like)
© the author writing as Romantic Dominant
Lyrics/Music by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds