21/4/17 – Nick Cave And Kylie Minogue – Where The Wild Roses Grow – 1996 / Charlie Monroe – Down In The Willow Garden – 1947

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Where The Wild Roses Grow was written by Nick Cave with Kylie Minogue in mind. I’m not sure he planned to murder her but the concept fitted nicely onto his Murder Ballads album released in 1996 on Mute records.

Inspired by Down In The Willow Garden (also known as Rose Connelly), Irish in origin and adapted in the US and known as an Appalachian Murder ballad. Murder Ballads seem to deal with poisonings, beatings and stabbings and being thrown into a river by a crazed male.

Cave and Minogue, both natives of the state of Victoria in Australia, might seem like an unlikely pairing but seeing them together in the live performance of this song with The Bad Seeds, it’s another marriage made in heaven, an undeniable chemistry contrasting voices and comfortable as mad Nick (as the killer) takes beauteous Kylie (as Elisa Day) and crushes her skull with a rock as “all beauty must die”.

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 bloody 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

They call me The Wild Rose
But my name was Elisa Day
Why they call me that I do not know
For my name was Elisa Day

On the second day I brought her a flower
She was more beautiful than any woman I’ve 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
He said: ‘Give me your loss and your sorrow’
I nodded my head,
As I lay on the bed
‘If I show you the roses will you follow?’

They call me The Wild Rose
But my name was Elisa Day
Why they call me that I do not know
For my name was Elisa Day

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 above me with a rock in his fist

On the last day I took her where the wild roses grow
She laid on the bank, the wind light as a thief
And I kissed her goodbye
Said, ‘All beauty must die’
And I lent down and planted a rose
‘tween her teeth

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
My name was Elisa Day
For my name was Elisa Day

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Cave

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kylie_Minogue

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Where_the_Wild_Roses_Grow

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Monroe

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_ballad

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