Nick Cave,… ¿cantante, letrista, poeta?

Posted by Manuel Pinazo on Sábado ene 25, 2014 Under Música

Escuchando el nuevo directo de Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds del que pronto os hablaré, he vuelto a desempolvar todos sus discos, que siempre hay que tener presentes según la compañía que necesite nuestro estado de ánimo.

El australiano es sin duda uno de los mejores letristas de la historia de la música conemporánea, sus textos entre lo romántico, lo apocalíptico y lo religioso, pueden formar parte tanto de nuestra biblioteca, como sus álbumes de nuestra colección de discos.

Hoy no tengo tiempo de explayarme demasiado, basta que os deje con tres de mis canciones favoritas y sus gloriosas letras…

All the towers of ivory are crumbling
And the swallows have sharpened their beaks
This is the time of our great undoing
This is the time that I’ll come running
Straight to you
For I am captured
Straight to you
For I am captured
One more time

The light in our window is fading
The candle gutters on the ledge
Well now sorrow, it comes a-stealing
And I’ll cry, girl, but I’ll come a-running
Straight to you
For I am captured
Straight to you
For I am captured
Once again

Gone are the days of rainbows
Gone are the nights of swinging from the stars
For the sea will swallow up the mountains
And the sky will throw thunder-bolts and sparks
Straight at you
But I’ll come a-running
Straight to you
But I’ll come a-running
One more time

Heaven has denied us its kingdom
The saints are drunk howling at the moon
The chariots of angels are colliding
Well, I’ll run, babe, but I’ll come running
Straight to you
For I am captured
Straight to you
For I am captured
One more time

As I sat sadly by her side
At the window, through the glass
She stroked a kitten in her lap
And we watched the world as it fell past
Softly she spoke these words to me
And with brand new eyes, open wide
We pressed our faces to the glass
As I sat sadly by her side

She said, “Father, mother, sister, brother,
Uncle, aunt, nephew, niece,
Soldier, sailor, physician, labourer,
Actor, scientist, mechanic, priest,
Earth and moon and sun and stars
Planets and comets with tails blazing
All are there forever falling
Falling lovely and amazing”

Then she smiled and turned to me
And waited for me to reply
Her hair was falling down her shoulders
As I sat sadly by her side

As I sat sadly by her side
The kitten she did gently pass
Over to me and again we pressed
Our different faces to the glass
“That may be very well” I said
“But watch the one falling in the street
See him gesture to his neighbors
See him trampled beneath their feet
All outward motion connects to nothing
For each is concerned with their immediate need
Witness the man reaching up from the gutter
See the other one stumbling on who cannot see”

With trembling hand I turned toward her
And pushed the hair out of her eyes
The kitten jumped back to her lap
As I sat sadly by her side

Then she drew the curtains down
And said, “When will you ever learn
That what happens there beyond the glass
Is simply none of your concern?
God has given you but one heart
You are not a home for the hearts of your brothers

And God does not care for your benevolence
Anymore than he cares for the lack of it in others
Nor does he care for you to sit
At windows in judgment of the world he created
While sorrows pile up around you
Ugly, useless, and over-inflated”

At which she turned her head away
Great tears leaping from her eyes
I could not wipe the smile from my face
As I sat sadly by her side

They’re gonna lay me low
(Lay me low)
They’re gonna sink me in the snow
(Lay me low)
They’re gonna throw back their heads and crow
(Lay me low)
When I go
(When I go)

They’re gonna jump and shout
(Lay me low)
They’re gonna wave their arms about
(Lay me low)
All the stories will come out
(Lay me low)
When I go
(When I go)

All the stars will glow bright
(Lay me low)
And my friends will give up the fight
(Lay me low)
They’ll see my work in a different light
(Lay me low)
Yeah, when I go
(When I go)

They’ll try telephoning my mother
(Lay me low)
But they’ll end up getting my brother
(Lay me low)
Who’ll spill the story on some long gone lover
(Lay me low)
That I hardly know
(When I go)

Hats off to the man
On top of the world
Come crawl up here, baby
And I’ll show you how it works

If you wanna be my friend
And you wanna repent
And you want it all to end
And you wanna know when

Well, do it now, don’t care how
Take your final bow
Make a stand, take my hand
And blow it all to hell

They gonna inform the police chief
(Lay me low)
Who’ll breathe a sigh of relief
(Lay me low)
He’ll say I was a malanderer and a badlander and a thief
(Lay me low)
Yeah, when I go
(When I go)

They’ll interview my teachers
(Lay me low)
Who’ll say I was one of God’s sorrier creatures
(Lay me low)
They’ll print informative six-page features
(Lay me low)
When I go
(When I go)

They’ll bang a big old gong
(Lay me low)
The motorcade will be ten miles long
(Lay me low)
The world’ll join together for a farewell song
(Lay me low)
When they put me down below
(When I go)

They’ll sound a fluegelhorn
(Lay me low)
And the sea will rage and the sky will storm
(Lay me low)
All man and beast will mourn
(Lay me low)
When I go
(When I go)

Hats off to the man
On top of the world
Come crawl up here, baby
And we can watch this damn thing turn

If you wanna be my friend
And you wanna repent
And you want it all to end
And you wanna know when

Well, do it now, do it now
Take a long last bow
Take my hand, make a stand
And blow it all to hell

Lay me low, lay me low
(Lay me low)
Lay me low, lay me low
(Lay me low)
Lay me low, lay me low
(Lay me low)
Lay me low, lay me low
Yeah, when I go, yeah, when I
(When I go)

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