[lit-ideas] Re: Happy New Chair

  • From: Mike Geary <gearyservice@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:33:42 -0600

Thanks for sending that Torgeir.  I'm an enthusiastic fan of Nick Cave, but
I've never heard this song.  Must get it soon.  Thanks again.


On Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 8:39 AM, Torgeir Fjeld <torgeir_fjeld@xxxxxxxx>wrote:

> Marking the new year, lend an ear to Cave, the Nick'ed and the word that
> was heard when he'd resuscitate and recreate
>
> __The Mercy Seat__
>
> Interpret signs and catalogue
> A blackened tooth
> A scarlet fog
> The walls are bad, black, bottom kind
>
> They are the sick breath gathering at my hind
>
> I hear stories from the chamber
> Christ was born into a manger
> And like some ragged stranger
> Died upon the cross
>
> ...
>
> Down here
> It's made of a wood and wire
> And my body is on fire
> And God is never far away
>
> Into the mercy seat I climb
> My head is shaved, my head is wired
> Like a moth that tries
> To enter the bright eye
>
> ...
>
> And the mercy seat is a burning
> And I think my head is glowing
> In a way I'm hoping
> To be done with all this weighing up of truth
>
> An eye for an eye
> And a tooth for a tooth
> And I've got nothing left to lose
> And I'm not afraid to die
>
> ...
>
> And the mercy seat is awaiting
> And I think my head is burning
> In a way I'm yearning
> To be done with all this measuring of proof
>
> A lie for a lie
> And a truth for a truth
> And anyway there was no proof
> And I'm not afraid to die
>
> And the mercy seat is awaiting
> And I think my head is smoking
> And in a way I'm hoping
> To be done with all this looks of disbelief
>
> An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth
> And anyway I've told the truth and I'm not afraid to die
> And the mercy seat is awaiting and I think my head is burning
> And in a way I'm yearning to be done with all this measuring of proof
>
> ---
>
> "The Mercy Seat" is a song written by Nick Cave (lyrics and music) and
> Mick Harvey (music), originally performed by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in
> 1988.
>
> Lyrics in full:
>
> http://www.metrolyrics.com/the-mercy-seat-lyrics-nick-cave-the-bad-seed.html
>
> Performance:
> www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahr4KFl79WI
>
>
> Mvh / Yours,
>
>
> Torgeir Fjeld
> Gdansk, Poland
>
>
> Blogs: http://phatic.blogspot.com // http://norsketegn.blogspot.com
> Web: http://independent.academia.edu/TorgeirFjeld
>

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