An Unlikely Australian Pairing

An Unlikely Australian Pairing

Jim has asked us to feature Australian music for today’s Song Lyric Sunday. I hope it is acceptable that I am featuring two Australian musicians. Two artists that I would never have imagined would team up for a duet.

This track was startling for two reasons, one was the unexpected combination of Nick Cave (&The Bad Seeds) and Kylie Minogue. The second reason it captured attention was that the beautiful melodic ballad was about a murderer singing a sort of love song to his victim. Somehow, it hit the right notes with music lovers and did rather well in the charts.

It certainly was memorable, and part of me is still scratching my head all these years after it was released for my complete bewildered astonishment the first time I discovered this track.

Credits: Nicholas Edward Cave

They call me The Wild Rose
But my name was Elisa Day
Why they call me it I do not know
For my name was Elisa Day
From the first day I saw her I knew she was the one
She stared in my eyes and smiled
For her lips were the colour of the roses
That grew down the river, all bloody and wild
When he knocked on my door and entered the room
My trembling subsided in his sure embrace
He would be my first man, and with a careful hand
He wiped at the tears that ran down my face
[Chorus]
On the second day I brought her a flower
She was more beautiful than any woman I'd seen
I said, "Do you know where the wild roses grow
So sweet and scarlet and free?"
On the second day he came with a single red rose
Said: "Will you give me your loss and your sorrow"
I nodded my head, as I lay on the bed
He said, "If I show you the roses, will you follow?"
[Chorus]
On the third day he took me to the river
He showed me the roses and we kissed
And the last thing I heard was a muttered word
As he knelt (stood smiling) above me with a rock in his fist
On the last day I took her where the wild roses grow
And she lay on the bank, the wind light as a thief
And I kissed her goodbye, said, "All beauty must die"
And lent down and planted a rose between her teeth
[Chorus]
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