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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds — (Are You) The One I've Been Waiting For?
Album: The Boatman's Call
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Released: 1997
Length: 3:59
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I've felt you coming girl, as you drew near
I knew you'd find me, cause I longed you here
Are you my desitiny? Is this how you'll appear?
Wrapped in a coat with tears in your eyes?
Well take that coat babe, and throw it on the floor
Are you the one that I've been waiting for?

As you've been moving surely toward me
My soul has comforted and assured me
That in time my heart it will reward me
And that all will be revealed
So I've sat and I've watched an ice-age thaw
Are you the one that I've been waiting for?

Out of sorrow entire worlds have been built
Out of longing great wonders have been willed
They're only little tears, darling, let them spill
And lay your head upon my shoulder
Outside my window the world has gone to war
Are you the one that I've been waiting for?

O we will know, won't we?
The stars will explode in the sky
O but they don't, do they?
Stars have their moment and then they die

There's a man who spoke wonders though I've never met him
He said, "He who seeks finds and who knocks will be let in"
I think of you in motion and just how close you are getting
And how every little thing anticipates you
All down my veins my heart-strings call
Are you the one that I've been waiting for?
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First time hearing this, where else but Paradise?
 AliGator wrote:
If you're not already reading The Red Hand Files, you should be. <3
 

I'll enthusiastically second that recommendation. His writing this past year has been particularly profound.
If you're not already reading The Red Hand Files, you should be. <3
I repeat...nick, you rock.
Yikes, that album cover; "As you can see, we've had our eye on you for some time now, Mr. Anderson."
Can there be such a thing as melancholic bliss? If so, this album is it for me.
Great song. Nick rocks{#Music}
Delighted I have finally "caught up" with Nick Cave via RP. Had a couple of pals who were really into Nick Cave, at the time. They were on to something for sure. 
Nick Cave is great. Often under rated. Good songwriter. Good performer.
Nick Cave is one of the greatest artists of our times. So glad to hear him here.
stunning.
 ziakut wrote:
Nick Cave sings flat sometimes throughout the song...yet it works. 

 
It's not flat, it's nasal.
Hootie? Is that you?
twoplain2sea wrote:
The song,

 
I agree,
The song,


{#Notworthy}
{#Hearteyes}
 juul wrote:

that really does work!  
{#Clap} 

 
I await the inevitable chorus of "He did it again today!" comments.
 dtl wrote:
I love the segue into the Handsome Family!  Awesome.

 
that really does work!  
{#Clap} 
Lovely song. Great voice.
I love the segue into the Handsome Family!  Awesome.
Nick´s deep warm voice in this song is nourishing a part in my tender heart..... Saw him last year in Germany, so happy have been there....
Love it!
My soul (sole) mate is lurking, right around the corner! 
His voice sounds hauntingly like Mark Sandman of Morphine. Nice cerebral tune. 
song is righteously cool! his glare, not so much, looks like Billy Hav-o, chain smoking 8th grader who grew up to be a taxi driver
Something about this song calls to mind The Bangles' Eternal Flame.  Not sure what tho...
One of the few good Nick Cave songs
Nick Cave sings flat sometimes throughout the song...yet it works. 
Neil Young's Evil Twin!  Way to put it, Bill — I was just thinking, looking at that cover, Hey, that reminds me of the glare Neil gives off on After the Gold Rush...  By the way, many of my British friends have often been surprised that I have known about Nick Cave for so long already, and Thanks, because RP is the reason!
March 29th at The Beacon Theater, NYC! Can't wait!!
 
Sounds more like Massive Attack, but hey, who am I to comment.
Have just upped this from a 7 to a 9. Beautiful, melancholy, .... cannot think of the right adjectives.
A new orchestration would have a darker mood... more bass and maybe a cello...But the lyrics and melody would hold...Yeah, only 15 years old...But new century new sounds..
 kingart wrote:
Nice song. I'm not too familiar with Nick. I always thought of him, perhaps wrongly or inaccurately, as a graduate of the NYC CBGB crowd. The only song by him that I own is on the multi-artist soundtrack of Until The End of the World, an early '90s Wim Wenders film. 
 
....and that is a wonderful soundtrack - some incredible tracks by many incredible artists!  Soundtrack is better than the film.  Before NC was solo he was in a punk|hardcore band called "The Birthday Party" which has some great tunes if your inclined to the intensity of that type of music. 
Nice song. I'm not too familiar with Nick. I always thought of him, perhaps wrongly or inaccurately, as a graduate of the NYC CBGB crowd. The only song by him that I own is on the multi-artist soundtrack of Until The End of the World, an early '90s Wim Wenders film. 
Uh May Zing, just what I needed right now...
You can't turn all the awards down:

Awards and honours

2012 Doctor of Letters, an honorary degree from the University of Brighton.<57>
2011 Straight to you - Triple j's tribute tour to Nick Cave for his work in Australian music for Ausmusic Month
2011 MOJO Awards: Song of the Year for "Heathen Child" by Grinderman
2010 made an honorary Doctor of Laws, by University of Dundee.<58>
2008 ARIA Awards Male Artist of the Year (Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!).<59>
2008 MOJO Awards: Best Album of 2008 (Dig, Lazarus Dig!!!).
2008 Awarded an Honorary degree as Doctor of Laws, by Monash University.<60>
2007 ARIA Awards ARIA Hall of Fame inductee.<59>
2006 Venice Film Festival: Gucci Award (for the script to The Proposition).
2005 Q magazine: Q Classic Songwriter Award.
2005 AFI Awards: Best Original Music Score with Warren Ellis (The Proposition).
2005 Inside Film Awards: Best Music (The Proposition).
2005 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards: Best Musical Score (The Proposition).
2004 MOJO Awards: Best Album of 2004 (Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus).
2001 ARIA Awards: Best Male Artist (No More Shall We Part).<59>
2001 APRA Music Awards: "The Ship Song" voted in the Top 30 Best Australian Songs of the previous 75 years.<61>
1997 APRA Music Awards: Songwriter of the year.
1997 ARIA Awards: Best Original Soundtrack (To Have and to Hold).<59>
1996 ARIA Awards: Song of the Year & Single of the Year & Best Pop Release ("Where the Wild Roses Grow").<59>
1996 MTV Europe Music Awards: Nick Cave formally requested that his nomination for "Best Male Artist" be withdrawn as he was not comfortable with the "competitive nature" of such awards.
1990 Time Out Magazine: Book Of The Year (And the Ass Saw the Angel).


Oooh Nick Cave, you're such a litmus test for cool. Seriously though, can somebody tell me if his coolness is derived from the quality of his music or are these two qualities inextricably mixed?
i had no idea Mr. Cave could sing. I love his music, but i rarely think of his vocals as 'singing'... this is incredible
 AcesUp wrote:
Nick Cave Letter to MTV awards:

I AM IN COMPETITION WITH NO-ONE. MY RELATIONSHIP WITH MY MUSE IS A DELICATE ONE AT THE BEST OF TIMES AND I FEEL THAT IT IS MY DUTY TO PROTECT HER FROM INFLUENCES THAT MAY OFFEND HER FRAGILE NATURE.

https://www.nick-cave.com/mtv/mtv.shtml


 

Awesome! Though I am surprised that MTV and its viewers have good enough taste to award Mr. Cave anything.
Nick Cave Letter to MTV awards:

I AM IN COMPETITION WITH NO-ONE. MY RELATIONSHIP WITH MY MUSE IS A DELICATE ONE AT THE BEST OF TIMES AND I FEEL THAT IT IS MY DUTY TO PROTECT HER FROM INFLUENCES THAT MAY OFFEND HER FRAGILE NATURE.

https://www.nick-cave.com/mtv/mtv.shtml


Poetry emotion.
This IS a pretty one.
Beautiful.
A brilliant album throughout.


All Nick Cave good.{#Notworthy}
Didn't Bonnie Tyler cover this?  No?  Why does it seem so bizarrely familiar?
A little ho-hum for my taste. zzzzzzz.
 vaiodon wrote:

Should've taken a moment to compliment Mr Cave on this one as he waited in the next checkout queue (line) to me in Waitrose a little while ago.

{#Wink}
 
First, I do apologise if you have just recieved two, or three empty, messages - my browser was opening new pages then immediately stepping back to last link...

Good spot but my shopping trip wasn't as a local.

On that day, last November, when I shopped in Waitrose on Western Rd I was on my way from Gatwick to visit at a friend's home on Shoreham Beach. I did live, further west along the coast, in Sompting but moved away in 1992. I recall that Nick Cave had a large bunch of brussel sprouts.

By coincidence, I'm heading that way again this weekend.

You do meet an interesting bunch on RP, I had another message from a fellow listener who thought I lived nearby as my location tag is "Halfway to Paradise" - he lived between Chico and Paradise in California and made some connection between me and the town of Chico. That tag is more of an allusion to the music magazine show aired on Channel 4 abt 20 years ago, it also had that eclectic thread running through.

Rgds
Don
 vaiodon wrote:

Should've taken a moment to compliment Mr Cave on this one as he waited in the next checkout queue (line) to me in Waitrose a little while ago.

{#Wink}
 
Really? He was behind me at Nero's the other month. He does get about that Mr Cave.
 DaveInVA wrote:
Sounds better than the usual Nick Seed and the Bad Caves. I can actually listen to this....
 

Did you actually put effort into that play on words?

Should've taken a moment to compliment Mr Cave on this one as he waited in the next checkout queue (line) to me in Waitrose a little while ago.

{#Wink}
That's a beautiful song for such a young man to have written. Think I'll have to learn that one, thanks Bill. I give it a solid 9.
Sounds better than the usual Nick Seed and the Bad Caves. I can actually listen to this....
Grrr.  ITunes doesn't have this album.
This song made me think:  we don't get as much Nick Cave as we used to here at RP...  too bad really, I like just about everything he does. 
 SweTex wrote:
First CD I sent to my (now) wife here in the States while I was still living in Sweden...Nice memories.

 
Beautiful way to sweep her off her feet. {#Hearteyes}
A solid 10 if there ever was one.  One of Nick's best, and that's saying a lot.
 Excelsior wrote:
This incredible album, and this song in particular, is what introduced me to Nick Cave.
 

Same here.
First CD I sent to my (now) wife here in the States while I was still living in Sweden...Nice memories.

Holy crap! It's a Nick Cave song I can actually put up with!

This isn't too bad...not the best thing I've heard, but I didn't mute it like I do a lot of his other stuff.

This song is so nice. Hard to imagine as ugly a mug as Nick Cave singing it :)
Excelsior wrote:
This incredible album, and this song in particular, is what introduced me to Nick Cave.
I agree! This album is just fantastic. I read a review of this album in the New Yorker after I got the CD and my favorite line in it went something like this: "If Nick Cave is capable of creating an album like this why was he yelling at us for all those years?"
This incredible album, and this song in particular, is what introduced me to Nick Cave.
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pretty nice! I'm not very familiar with him or his work, but he has a very nice voice.
What a lovely song! :hearteyes:
Cool! Nice atmosphere.
I've noticed that Nick Cave fans are largely divided in their opinion of this album. Personally, I rate it among my favourite, but I can see why some would rather his harder, louder, grittier work.
I'm with the people who consider this song snoozeworthy. I'd much rather hear more of Cave's edgier stuff.
I know you get this all the time, but this is a nice set, BillG. Nice "welcome back" to the office on a Monday. :sunny:
My goodness. When did this guy learn to sing? Nice.
You know, I am not against this guy...but right now I can't drag myself any slower and this song drips slower than glue. Its like a shot of anesthia! Can't stay awake :sleep:
Beautiful! Don't think I've heard this NC tune before... love him :hearteyes:
:cool:
miahfost wrote:
This record, along with Tender Prey and Henry's Dream, is his best work. He makes sorrow and futility so palpable and beautiful, though he can occasionally strike the pretentious pose.
Can't we all, (are you ;) :cowboy: Otherwise, well spoken and so true :high-five:
This record, along with Tender Prey and Henry's Dream, is his best work. He makes sorrow and futility so palpable and beautiful, though he can occasionally strike the pretentious pose.
Not bad when he's not all mopeylike.
:hearteyes: Are you the one ... ?
:cool: Great song from a great album.