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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds — Hold on to Yourself
Album: Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
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Released: 2008
Length: 5:46
Plays (last 30 days): 2
I'm so far away from you
I'm pacing up and down my room
Does Jesus only love a man who loses?
I turn on the radio
There's some cat on the saxophone
Laying down a litany of excuses

There's madhouse longing in my baby's eyes
She rubs a lamp between her thighs
And hopes the genie comes out singing
And she lives in some forgotten song
And moves like she is zombie-strong
Breathes steady as the pendulum keeps swinging

You better hold on to yourself

Well, cities rust and fall to ruin
Factories close and cars go cruising
In and around the borders of her vision
She says oh woah woah woah
As Jesus makes the flowers grow
All around the scene of her collision

Oh you know, yes, I would
I would hold on to yourself

In the middle of the night
I try my best to chase outside
The phantoms and the ghosts and the fairy-girls
On 1001 nights like this
She mutters open sesame and Ali Baba and his forty thieves
Launch her off the face of the world

Well, you know
Oh baby, I'll come back
And I'll hold on to yourself

Babe, I'm 1000 miles away
And I just don't know what to say
'Cause Jesus only loves a man who bruises
But darling we can clearly see
It's all life and fire and lunacy
And excuses and excuses and excuses

Well, you know if I could I would
Yeah, I would lie right down
And I'd hold on to yourself

Yeah, I would lie right down
And I would hold on to yourself

One day I'll come back to you
And I'll hold on to yourself

Yeah, I'm gonna come back
Gonna lie down
And I'll hold on to yourself
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Nick is a badass
 jhorton wrote:
Nick's music always makes me drink more. And faster. And for that, I thank him....
 
Cheers!
Now here's a Bruce Springstein song I've never heard
 malamucha wrote:

Exactly! I'm listening now via decent pair of headphones and the sound from my phone is much better than what I used to get when listening to this album on my PC. So there's something about more details when listening to the FLAC, what kind of headphones is used and the source of sound is important too. I have not even noticed that seagulls in the background before when playing this CD before..
 
If you ever get the chance to dem a pair of Stax headphones you'll reach another level of immersion with his music - just incredible!
I thought it could have been Richard Thompson when I was listening with half an ear, and was intrigued enough to check who it was...

Nick's music always makes me drink more. And faster. And for that, I thank him....
 
You bet dude👍

Love anything nick does
Genius👍
 chyk5 wrote:




For me, now that Bowie is gone, the most effortlessly cool man on the planet.

Pat Smear is pretty cool too, IMO.
Nick Cave is right at the top of my bucket list of acts to see live...... thanks to being reintroduced a few years ago by RP.  Great stuff.
Oh those seagulls in the background
This song gradualy builds musical tension, but never  fully release.
I like that and i think  its a  great song.
At first I thought this was David Eugene Edwards of 16 Horsepower / Wovenhand and in Googling around I see it was Nick Cave who influenced Edwards.
 jp33442 wrote:
One of his better songs is into my arms
 
If you don't eat yer meat, you can't have any pudding.
 melzabutch wrote:
Image result for nick cave
 



For me, now that Bowie is gone, the most effortlessly cool man on the planet.
 bam23 wrote:
Amazing cacophony writhing in the background. I probably need to listen through headphones to get the totality. It's like some sort of aural slightly screechy riot is emerging from somewhere.
 
I agree, it must be the creepy-crawlies in his (our!) minds struggling to be heard.  Kind of like a counterpoint to the almost childish tune at times.
Hypnotic kind of song. Nice
This song makes me want to hand in my white chip and say the hell with it
 hayduke2 wrote:
Cave is an excellent artist, and at the moment has work on view in NYC and in Detroit at the Cranbrook Art Museum
Nick Cave - Soundsuit

https://www.jackshainman.com/artists/nick-cave/
 

That's a different Nick Cave, an artist who is from Missouri.
One of his better songs is into my arms
This song gets better and better with age.
 hayduke2 wrote:
Cave is an excellent artist, and at the moment has work on view in NYC and in Detroit at the Cranbrook Art Museum
Nick Cave - Soundsuit

https://www.jackshainman.com/artists/nick-cave/

 
thanks for posting that!
 bam23 wrote:
Amazing cacophony writhing in the background. I probably need to listen through headphones to get the totality. It's like some sort of aural slightly screechy riot is emerging from somewhere.

 
Exactly! I'm listening now via decent pair of headphones and the sound from my phone is much better than what I used to get when listening to this album on my PC. So there's something about more details when listening to the FLAC, what kind of headphones is used and the source of sound is important too. I have not even noticed that seagulls in the background before when playing this CD before..
One word: Annoying
1 1 1 1 sucks barfo 11111111 111111
Don't really need the seagullish sound in the background..

How far down must I read to see the "Lazarus" comments?  I hope he's digging this track right now; dig!!

And that eerie violin sound backing the entire track is not only creepy, it's an interesting sort of "shepherd tone" - adds a LOT to the suspense of this tune.   I'm at an 8 and might go up to 9 one day.  PEACE


love NC 's voice : )    (he mentions Ali Baba which brought to mind Max Fleischer's Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves, fun)
wow. didn't expect to like this as much as i do. it's great.
Laughing to myself, this has just followed Iron and Wine, lots of comments about it sounding like other songs. This starts and I'm thinking 'oh it's Crowded House'. Doh. Sure  I've got this album too {#Beat}
a fungal fecundity
 bam23 wrote:
Amazing cacophony writhing in the background. I probably need to listen through headphones to get the totality. It's like some sort of aural slightly screechy riot is emerging from somewhere.

 
Seagulls?
Nick and the Seeds have just started touring again, they just played in Hobart and Ballarat (Victoria, Australia) with concert reviews suggesting they are back and making some great music - as expected.
I have been privileged to see Nick perform this a couple of times live.

Epic is not a big enough word. . . but that is what it felt like in the truest sense. 
definitely one of his best songs ever..!!
Image result for nick cave
Amazing cacophony writhing in the background. I probably need to listen through headphones to get the totality. It's like some sort of aural slightly screechy riot is emerging from somewhere.
Nick's music always makes me drink more. And faster. And for that, I thank him....

                    On Sundays Jesus walks upon water
                        And,  Lazarus becomes seasick
                          Providence was nearby, and
                     Lazarus gets a fair share of placebo
     Not shaken nor stirred,  now he looks for the nearest port
{#Embarassed}

(I like the work of Nick Cave, both : )


 That is a different Nick Cave

hayduke2 wrote:
Cave is an excellent artist, and at the moment has work on view in NYC and in Detroit at the Cranbrook Art Museum
Nick Cave - Soundsuit

https://www.jackshainman.com/artists/nick-cave/

 


Cave is an excellent artist, and at the moment has work on view in NYC and in Detroit at the Cranbrook Art Museum
Nick Cave - Soundsuit

https://www.jackshainman.com/artists/nick-cave/
 Poacher wrote:
Excellent! Back on the playlist. Thanks Bill. 

I live in the same town city as Mr Cave and do enjoy it when we occasionally see him around. As he ages he seems to me to be turning into a veritable rock legend. . . and for good reason. The music! The lyrics! The huge breadth of solid and unique talent. But that's enough about me. . . all hail Nick :)

 
:)
Not my fav sound, that dark, but not so bad!
 drews wrote:
Another dark moody number from Mr Cave, what a suitable name he has

 
This is pretty much Nick's bailiwick, with some encroachment by Peter Murphy. 
this is just grand so it is
 philinnz wrote:
His lyrics are almost as good as Cohen's - not bad for an Aussie

 
clearly not dave dobbyn is he....
 baddog8it wrote:
Sounds too much like Bruce Springsteen for my tastes.  5.

 
At first I thought "Huh?"...but I sort of see what you mean.
His lyrics are almost as good as Cohen's - not bad for an Aussie
Excellent! Back on the playlist. Thanks Bill. 

I live in the same town city as Mr Cave and do enjoy it when we occasionally see him around. As he ages he seems to me to be turning into a veritable rock legend. . . and for good reason. The music! The lyrics! The huge breadth of solid and unique talent. But that's enough about me. . . all hail Nick :)
 Cynaera wrote:
I'd buy this for the CD title alone! {#Lol}
 

miss you so much, Cynaera...

everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches loves this song...  we be holding onto ourselves and dancing buck ass naked like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...   love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...

 

Allo?!?! Melody??... MELODY??
Nice mood but nothing more.
This one never works for me on PSD, strange.

markpeachey wrote:
Typical Nick Cave... I think I might go and slit my wrists. Long live PSD

 


Sounds like if Daniel Lanois had produced a Gordon Lightfoot album. O' Canada!
A cheery little ditty from Nick and the team, as usual.

    calypsus_1 wrote:

Nick Cave II by ~p0m
©2009-2010 ~p0m

"I put a spell on you!"

Norwegian Wood 09


 

So Elrond is a singer now?  Who knew?
Sounds too much like Bruce Springsteen for my tastes.  5.
10!
 Blaggart wrote:
sirdroseph wrote:
Yes, I think this is one of the best releases of any genre over the past 5 years.{#Notworthy}
I must not be hip enough to understand why I should like this soulless caterwauling. Different tastes, etc.

 
I agree with you Blaggart
Typical Nick Cave... I think I might go and slit my wrists. Long live PSD
This whole album is great. More Nick Cave please!
Haha. Nick Cave kinda sounds like Richard Thompson! Never noticed that before...

This song is good for the ears...


 
They play this song when they want the guy on the ledge to go ahead and jump.
Very good ambiance !
...thanks Nick!
I'd buy this for the CD title alone! {#Lol}
monstrously... good... laz...

 mapman wrote:
Good advice.

I will do that!

{#Undecided}
 
yea, newness can be frightfull!

sirdroseph wrote:
Yes, I think this is one of the best releases of any genre over the past 5 years.{#Notworthy}
I must not be hip enough to understand why I should like this soulless caterwauling. Different tastes, etc.

Good advice.

I will do that!

{#Undecided}
Hmm...whaddya know? A Nick Cave song that I don't mind...
Great interview with Cave about this CD:

https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89947780 
 Guyeeno wrote:
Man am I love sick of this song.  It's not played enough played too much.  Please play it more stop!{#Clap}
 

Fixed it fer ya!
Another dark moody number from Mr Cave, what a suitable name he has
Man am I sick of this song.  It's played too much.  Please stop.
I don't know why but I have TRIED to give this song a chance and it annoys me as much today as it did when I 1st heard it here on RP.  I see I am in the minority so I will just chalk it up to an opinion thing....3 note range songs always make me crazy....
I haven't heard much of his stuff, but boy, this song tells an articulate and searing story - lyrically, a lot like Dylan and Cohen. And someone else wrote, very Madrugada-ish, and I agree.  Powerful stuff...  I like it a lot!{#Music}

Nick Cave II by ~p0m
©2009-2010 ~p0m

"I put a spell on you!"

Norwegian Wood 09


 SweTex wrote:


He also wrote the screenplay AND the music for "The Proposition" which is a movie well worth watching.
 

VERY-VERY WELL MADE FILM TRUELY WORTH WATCHING!
(...and be sure - I am super-critical of films, not only Hollywood!)
GREAT SONG (9) - TOP-ALBUM (9)
Yes, I think this is one of the best releases of any genre over the past 5 years.{#Notworthy}
greatness
I know Nick, like Tom Waits, generates polarizing opinions but I think he is so "freakin'" talented. Love this guy's music.
Just another fabulous song on a fabulous album!{#Clap}
 SweTex wrote:

I saw him in Austin a few years ago and yes, he's great on stage, t'was a great concert..and his "dancing" is always amusing.

 
Nick's got good stage moves, but he has nothing on bandmate Warren Ellis.  The guy looks like the bastard son of Rasputin and Aqualung, and he he plays and dances like a madman.

 kriskerehona wrote:
For those who don't know, Nick Cave wrote the score for The Assassination of Jessie James. 
So beautiful - give Nick a chance guys you don't know what you are missing.

 

He also wrote the screenplay AND the music for "The Proposition" which is a movie well worth watching.
 Lizard62 wrote:
Saw Nick Cave in Seattle last year - definitely one of the best shows I've ever seen. He's got an amazing stage presence -  threatening and intriguing at the same time.{#Cheers}
 
I saw him in Austin a few years ago and yes, he's great on stage, t'was a great concert..and his "dancing" is always amusing.

can we get the little people to stop making so much noise during this song?
Another great singer in a similar style to Nick Cave is Tex Perkins, he also has a great voice and presence at 2 metres tall.

 Lizard62 wrote:
Saw Nick Cave in Seattle last year - definitely one of the best shows I've ever seen. He's got an amazing stage presence -  threatening and intriguing at the same time.{#Cheers}
 
I agree. I saw him a couple of times on stage. He's the hell on earth.

very nice!!
Saw Nick Cave in Seattle last year - definitely one of the best shows I've ever seen. He's got an amazing stage presence -  threatening and intriguing at the same time.{#Cheers}
 Viv515 wrote:
I loved the sound track — really added to the overall mood of the movie. BTW, the movie far exceeded my expectations. Check it out!
 
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford was an excellent movie. It's a shame it didn't get a wider audience. Casey Affleck was a revelation. The sound track was great, too, and I had no idea it was by Nick Cave.


Has a Madrugada style to it...like it
I saw Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds performing on an HD channel that was airing an outdoor festival.  Riveting... a little incongruous because it seems like they'd be a much better fit in a smoky club somewhere, but riveting nonetheless.
 kriskerehona wrote:
Nick Cave - the best thing to come out of Australia.
 
  
 

U only say that 'cos u don't know my girlfriend

{#Hearteyes}
 kriskerehona wrote:
For those who don't know, Nick Cave wrote the score for The Assassination of Jessie James.
 
I loved the sound track — really added to the overall mood of the movie. BTW, the movie far exceeded my expectations. Check it out!


Nick Cave wrote a whole movie!

Check out the fantastic, brutal and very poetic movie The Proposition. From screenplay to music, it's all Nick Cave!

 
kriskerehona wrote:
For those who don't know, Nick Cave wrote the score for The Assassination of Jessie James. 
So beautiful - give Nick a chance guys you don't know what you are missing.
 


 UncleChig wrote:
Nick Cave has always been a certain taste .. to the ear of the beholder.
If you are new to Cave and want to experiment,  this album here is really great, one of my fav's of the past year... Enjoy 
 
I normally tune Nick out. Just doesn't do it for me. This song however is a different story. I like the layering and the way the chorus shifts. Granted, it's not like a Ferrari smoking tires in every gear kind of shifting. No, it's more like a 1979 Plymouth Horizon with an automatic trans. Not right there, but noticeable. I'll keep listing.

Nick Cave has always been a certain taste .. to the ear of the beholder.
If you are new to Cave and want to experiment,  this album here is really great, one of my fav's of the past year... Enjoy 
Voice sounds a little like Eddie Vedder
 kriskerehona wrote:
Nick Cave - the best thing to come out of Australia.
 
  
 
No thanks. I'll take Midnight Oil.
...saw them with Wolfgang Press at St. Andrew's Hall in Detroit around '89...say's I wanna be salty. Amazing. 
 kriskerehona wrote:
For those who don't know, Nick Cave wrote the score for The Assassination of Jessie James. 
So beautiful - give Nick a chance guys you don't know what you are missing.
 
I like that movie, I'll have to check that one out again and pay more attention to the soundtrack.

PS. It's great to see Bill back in the office! {#Smile}
For those who don't know, Nick Cave wrote the score for The Assassination of Jessie James. 
So beautiful - give Nick a chance guys you don't know what you are missing.

Nick Cave - the best thing to come out of Australia.
 
  
Interesting that Bill has a knack for introducing me to songs that are just over-the-top great. But the dark side of that is that he also manages to find songs that evoke the deepest loathing as well. This is one of the latter. It is so awful awful awful.
One of the most annoying songs ever - that random background string work just drives me over the edge.
The only strong feeling this song evokes in me is "I wish it were over."
9 -> 10
{#Notworthy} 
this is putting me right back to sleep this morning.  and that ain't good.
Nick rules... say what u want, he simply rules

This is a great line
 
kylemichael wrote:
Favorite line: "She rubs the lamp between her thighs and hopes the genie comes out singing". 
 


Papernapkin wrote:
So tired of hearing this on RP. Give Nick a rest.


Quiet man I finally got that crappy coldplay song about flying to heaven out of my head now!

So tired of hearing this on RP. Give Nick a rest.
 KitKat wrote:

Wow, man, your comment got commented on by Bill ON AIR.  Cool. 

 
What would be even more cool for my egocentric ears (always searching for compliments) would be if there was an MP3 of Bill's commentary which could find it's way to my in-box.  Even through I stream-record RP on one of my Linux workstations for later banditry and illegal re-playing on the MP3 player in my pick up truck (with shotgun rack, of course); I some how missed that moment in time.

Tell you all what, someone send me that MP3 and I will send you back an MP3 of Elvis passing that large and fatal impacted stool just moments before he fell off of the Porcelain Throne and into Eternity.

Deal?

Dave

 FlatCat wrote:

 I really, really loathe this song and this group, for all these elegantly expressed reasons.

 
I like this guy, if for no other reason than to annoy my fellow Chicagoans. But the song is good too! It has texture, depth, pathos and enigmacy (to verb a werd)!

 andrewimft wrote:
Nothing horrifying about Nick Cave except the bad music. The horror storytelling is fakery and really doesn't in any way evoke anything true to life/death, it doesn't really inform or get us in the mind/heart of a perpetrator or victim, not that I'd like to anyway— in that respect it's not as awful as it could be thankfully, merely dreary. Nor is it campy enough to find amusing/entertaining. It's just a failed gimmick. I can get how it appeals to some folks who like the macabre genre, that's fine. But I don't buy that there's any artistry here beyond stagecraft, just dreary noise. This tune in particular isn't so bad, it's just dull.
 
 I really, really loathe this song and this group, for all these elegantly expressed reasons.