Nick Cave Songs - 1990

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Sorrow's Child
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: The Good Son
Other released version: The Road To God Knows Where (early piano version)
Live performance history: never played
Other artists' versions: Cover by Paolo Braganca, Code Blue

The Hammer Song [Good Son]
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: The Good Son
Live performance history: never played

Foi Na Cruz
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: The Good Son
Other released version: The Road To God Knows Where (early piano version)
Live performance history: 1990 only, except for one incomplete performance at the start of the 25/11/96 gig in a small bar in Buenos Aires. An acoustic live version appears in the Onrust session.
Comments: The Portuguese words mean something like: It was on the cross, that one day my sins were punished in Jesus. The chorus appears in the film Pixotte, a favorite film of Nick.

The Witness Song
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: The Good Son
Live performance history: 1990 only
Comments: Inspired by a classic gospel tune.

Lament
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: The Good Son
Live performance history: Introduced late in the European 1990 tour. Not played very often.
Other artists' versions: Cover version by The Brickbats.

Lucy
Written by: Nick Cave, Blixa Bargeld, Roland Wolf
Officially released on: The Good Son
Other released versions: The Shane MacGowan version on the What A Wonderful World single.
First known live performance: 24/09/90, Toronto
Live performance history: Only on 1990 and 1992 on a few occasions, including a session performance on 12/8/92 (KCRW), then played with The Dirty Three in 1995. Lucy was then played about a dozen times as encore in the solo quartet shows in 2006-2007, and as one-off, together with Shane MacGowan, in the 03/05/08 Dublin show. Then Lucy was back in 2009 Bad Seeds and solo shows.

The Good Son
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: The Good Son
Other released versions:
First known live performance: 13/5/90 Coesfeld
Last known live performance: 21/11/96 Buenos Aires
Live performance history: played from 1990 to 1996, often as second song in the set. An acoustic version was played in the 24/4/90 2 meter session.
Other artists' versions: Midnight Oil played it live in 1996.

The Ship Song
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: The Good Son and as single.
Other released versions:
  1. Live At The Paradiso
  2. Live Seeds
  3. Live At The Royal Albert Hall
  4. Wave Aid: The Tsunami Relief Concert Sat Jan 29 2005
  5. W Moich Ramionach, 2006 DVD release of 1999 concert
  6. The Abattoir Blues Tour DVD from London
  7. The Abattoir Blues Tour CD from Paris
  8. The Black Sessions
Live performance history: First ever public performance was with the Neubauten on their 10th anniversary 1/4/90. Played very often in sessions in 1990. Played numerous times by the Bad Seeds, and also by the solo quartet, in all tours since 1990. Piano solo performances in 1999 - 2001. On 14/3/99 in Wroclaw, Nick did the song with Polish artists. Sometimes in the late 90s, "The Ship Song" was performed in a medley with Orphan Boy.
Video clip: by John Hillcoat
Other artists' versions: numerous cover versions (see the covers list ), including Gene, Swirl, Boo Hewerdine, Concrete Blonde, Denis Walter, Immaculate Fools, A Subtle Plague, Heather Nova etc. and live only versions by Crowded House, Ed Kuepper and Pearl Jam... most covered song after "Where The Wild Roses Grow".
Comments: Used in the film "True Love And Chaos". Selected as the song to celebrate the anniversary of the Sydney Opera House in a cover by many artists including Neil Finn, Paul Kelly and Martha Wainwright.

The Weeping Song
Officially released on: The Good Son and as single.
Other released versions:
  1. The single Remix version.
  2. Live At The Paradiso
  3. Live Seeds
  4. Live At The Royal Albert Hall
  5. W Moich Ramionach
  6. God Is In The House
  7. The Abattoir Blues Tour CD
Live performance history: First ever public performance was with the Neubauten on their 10th anniversary 1/4/90. Played very often in sessions in 1990. Played on nearly all shows by the Bad Seeds since 1990, except the Lollapalooza tour, because Blixa did not play on that tour, and except the 2003 Nocturama tour. Played twice in sessions in 1990. The 1997 re-arrangement with Warren opening on violin was a great version. On 14/3/99 in Wroclaw, Nick did the song with Polish artists. Also played in the solo quartet shows in the years 2005-2009. In total, The Weeping Song was played over 535 times.
Video clip: by Angela Conway
Other artists' versions: Paterson's Curse, Flowing Tears, Chamber, Pain Of Progress have covered it, as well as The Cavemen. Crowded House has regularly played the chorus live within one of their own songs.
Comments: The song Definitions of Cool (The Cheating Song) by The Phantom Payn is about "The Weeping Song".

The Train Song
Written by: Nick Cave
Officially released on: The Ship Song single
Live performance history: never played

The B-Side Song = Cocks 'N Asses
Written by: Nick Cave, Victor Van Vugt
Officially released on: The Weeping Song single
Comments: Many 1990 live shows open with this song played on tape.

Streets Of Laredo
Written by: Trad. Cowboy Song
One known live performance: 21/08/90 Glasgow, sung by Conway when Nick had voice problems. Nick himself did a few lines of the song at a 1985 soundcheck.
Other artists' versions: Leonard Cohen (unofficial), Dave Graney, Conway Savage (live), Faron Young, Buck Owens, Jim Reeves, John Cale, Hoyt Axton, etc..

Bottle Up And Go
Written by: Traditional
One known soundcheck performance: 19/05/90 Hamburg.
Other artists' versions: John Lee Hooker, Leadbelly, Bob Dylan, etc. etc...

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