Nick Cave Songs - 1986

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Green, Green Grass Of Home
Written by: Claude Putman Jnr.
Not officially released.
One known live performance: The 28/10/86 San Francisco, Reckless Records session.
Other artists' versions: Johnny Cash; Tom Jones; Porter Wagoner
Comments: Sad Waters borrows the first lines from this song, which has been played regularly during soundchecks.

I Threw It All Away
Written by: Bob Dylan
Officially released on: To Have And To Hold (but sung by Scott Walker)
One known live performance: The 28/10/86 San Francisco, Reckless Records session.
Other artists' versions: Bob Dylan

Wade In The Water
Written by: Traditional
Officially released on: The Road To God Knows Where (incomplete)
First known live performance: The 28/10/86 San Francisco, Reckless Records session.
Other artists' versions: Harmonizing Four, Dorothy Love Coates & the OGH, Golden Gate Quartet
Comments: Late 1993 versions of Loverman include part of Wade In The Water.

Serves You Right To Suffer
Written by: John Lee Hooker
Known live performances: In a 1986 soundcheck in Bochum and in the 28/10/86 San Francisco, Reckless Records session.
Other artists' versions: John Lee Hooker
Comments: Nick incorporated part of this song into I Put A Spell On You.

Mini Skirts
Written by: John Lee Hooker
Officially released on: The Road To God Knows Where (incomplete)
Other known live performances: In concert in Detroit, 1/11/1986, in a 1986 soundcheck in Bochum and in the 28/10/86 San Francisco, Reckless Records session.
Other artists' versions: John Lee Hooker

Mean, Mean Woman
Written by: John Lee Hooker
Other known soundcheck performances: In 1986 and 1990. Other artists' versions: John Lee Hooker
Comments: Nick sings especially the line: "My baby sleeps with an ice pick in her hands".

Hard On For Love
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: Your Funeral, My Trial
Live performance history: The live debut was no earlier than San Sebastian, 24/04/08, and then the song was played as encore on most of the 2008-2009 Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! tour.
Comment: Song title was borrowed from a song by "The Reals" around the time of "The Boys Next Door".
Covered by: Maven (with Marilyn Manson).
Scum
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: As a flexi and on the Your Funeral, My Trial CD
Live performance history: Only one public performance ever: the session performance at the Kinofest gig on 13/6/87.
Comments: this song is about the journalists Anotnella Black and Mat Snow, not about Foetus as other rumours go.

Stranger Than Kindness
Written by: Anita Lane, Blixa Bargeld
Officially released on: Your Funeral, My Trial
Other released versions: First known live performance: 26/09/86 Bochum
Live performance history: Regularly played in the years 1986-1988, then back in 97 for all shows, and most in 1998.
Covered by: Lolita Storm.
She Fell Away
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: Your Funeral, My Trial
First known live performance: 26/09/86, Bochum, Zeche
Last known live performance: 25/10/88, Manchester
Live performance history: Most shows in the 1986-1988 period.
Covered by: After Darkness.

Jack's Shadow
Written by: Nick Cave, Mick Harvey
Officially released on: Your Funeral, My Trial
Other released version: The Road To God Knows Where (opening bars only)
First known live performance: 27/09/86, Frankfurt
Last known live performance: 02/07/89, Werchter
Live performance history: About 100 performances in the years 1986-1989.

Sad Waters
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: Your Funeral, My Trial
Other released versions:
  1. Two Lectures
  2. The Abattoir Blues Tour DVD
First known live performance: 26/09/86, Bochum, Zeche
Last known Bad Seeds' live performance: 29/04/94, Stockholm
Live performance history: Played regularly in 1986 and 1987, then rarely in 1988 and 1989. Also played on the 24/04/90 VARA 2 meter session, and on the first two 1994 shows. Played once with The Dirty Three in Berlin in 1996. Solo performances in late March, 1999 and in 1999 and in 2000-2007 solo quartet tour, first as a regular song, later as an encore. In 2003, the song re-appeared in the Bad Seeds' Nocturama shows.
Comments: The first lines from this song are borrowed from Green, Green Grass Of Home.

Your Funeral, My Trial
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: Your Funeral, My Trial
First known live performance: 26/09/86, Bochum, Zeche
Live performance history: Played on most songs from 1986 to 1989, often as 3rd or 4th song. Then back in late 1993, and played a lot in 1994. About 10 times in 1996, 5 in 1997 and only once in 1998 and 1999. The song then re-appeared in some 2008 shows. About 160 performances in total.
Covered by: Architect's Eye.
Comment: Title inspired by the song "Your Funeral And My Trial" by Sonny Boy Williamson.
Long Time Man
Written by: Tim Rose/Trad.
Officially released on: Your Funeral, My Trial
First known live performance: 26/09/86, Bochum, Zeche
Live performance history: Played on just about all shows from 1986 until USA 1989. In 1990 and 1992, the song was reintroduced in the set in the USA. Nick sang this song with Tim Rose at a Tim Rose concert in London on 15/10/96. It was the opening song on the only 1999 show in London 17/6/99, and the 8/4/2001 Vienna session, and then again played in 2001 and 2002 as a rare encore. About 160 performances in total.
Other artists' versions: Tim Rose. The French band Noir Desir does a live version of the song on their album "Dies Irae", and they open it with the words: "this is a song that Nick Cave probably found along some muddy waters, it's called LTM".
Comments: Nick's version is very close to the Tim Rose version.

The Carny
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: Your Funeral, My Trial
Other released versions: Live Seeds and Live at the Paradiso.
First known live performance: 13/05/90 Coesfeld
Live performance history: All 48 1990 shows, and some of 1992 and 1993. Then back on all 40 shows in 1997. An instrumental session attempt was done in the 3/3/89 SNAP radio session, and Nick read the song at the 1997 Liss ard festival.
Cover versions: Polish artists in 1998 and 1999.
Comments: appears in Wings of Desire. And for what it's worth: this is my all-time favorite song.
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