“I think a lot of people are reading too much into thisâorganized religion or war or whatever.
I think it’s a lot more basic than that, though. If you want to live your life, have relationships, love other people. Well, it’s inevitable that you will just end up weeping for your trouble at some point.
Everything ends sooner or laterârelationships go sour, children grow up, friends lose touch, loved ones die, and then so do you.
‘I won’t be weeping long’.
So I guess it’s okay to weep, to mourn, but you have to stop eventually and live your life too, or you’ll miss all the good bits in between the sad bits?
I dunno. I don’t think this song is ‘depressing’ just aâ¦ pleasant melancholy.”
I pretty much agree with the explanation aboveâcourtesy of telegramsam17âabout “The Weeping Song” by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds feat. Blixa Bargeld (The Bad Seeds, EinstÃ¼rzende Neubauten) co-lead “Father” vocals.
I think the message in “The Weeping Song” is actually quite positive. That’s life, it goes on. I like this cocky statement by Winston Churchill in handling bitterness of life: If you’re going through hell, keep going.
Yes, true, this is a weeping song. But I won’t be weeping long.
“The Weeping Song” included in Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds third album, The Good Son, which was a substantial departure with a lighter and generally more uplifting sound after two dark and harrowing first and second albums. The change of mood was greatly inspired by singer Nick Cave falling in love with Brazilian journalist Viviane Carneiro. “I guess The Good Son is some kind of reflection of the way I felt early in Brazil. I was quite happy there. I was in love â¦.”
The video here via Morgan Wolfe, Nick Cave duets with Blixa Bargeld performing live “The Weeping Song” for a British TV program, June 1990.