where the wild roses grow lyrics – nick cave & the bad seeds

(feat. kylie minogue)

they call me the wild rose
but my name was elisa day
why they call me it i do not know
for my name was elisa day
from the first day i saw her i knew she was the one
she stared in my eyes and smiled
for her lips were the colour of the roses
that grew down the river, all bl**dy and wild
when he knocked on my door and entered the room
my trembling subsided in his sure embrace
he would be my first man, and with a careful hand
he wiped at the tears that ran down my face
on the second day i brought her a flower
she was more beautiful than any woman i’d seen
i said, “do you know where the wild roses grow
so sweet and scarlet and free?”
on the second day he came with a single red rose
said: “will you give me your loss and your sorrow”
i nodded my head, as i lay on the bed
he said, “if i show you the roses, will you follow?”
on the third day he took me to the river
he showed me the roses and we kissed
and the last thing i heard was a muttered word
as he knelt (stood smiling) above me with a rock in his fist
on the last day i took her where the wild roses grow
and she lay on the bank, the wind light as a thief
and i kissed her goodbye, said, “all beauty must die”
and lent down and planted a rose between her teeth

/ nick cave the bad seeds lyrics