Take a little walk to the edge of town And go across the tracks Where the viaduct looms Like a bird of doom As it shifts and cracks Where secrets lie in the border fires In the humming wires Hey man, you know You're never coming back
Past the square, past the bridge Past the mills, past the stacks On a gathering storm Comes a tall handsome man In a dusty black coat with A red right hand
He'll wrap you in his arms Tell you that you've been a good boy He'll rekindle all the dreams It took you a lifetime to destroy He'll reach deep into the hole Heal your shrinking soul But there won't be a single thing that you can do
He's a god, he's a man He's a ghost, he's a guru They're whispering his name Through this disappearing land But hidden in his coat Is a red right hand
You don't have no money? He'll get you some You don't have no car? He'll get you one You don't have no self-respect You feel like an insect Well don't you worry buddy 'Cause here he comes Through the ghettos and the barrio And the Bowery and the slum A shadow is cast wherever he stands Stacks of green paper in his Red right hand
You'll see him in your nightmares You'll see him in your dreams He'll appear out of nowhere but He ain't what he seems You'll see him in your head On the TV screen Hey buddy, I'm warning You to turn it off He's a ghost, he's a god He's a man, he's a guru You're one microscopic cog In his catastrophic plan Designed and directed by His red right hand
Writer/s: Mick Harvey, Nick Cave, Thomas Wydler
Publisher: BMG Rights Management, Mute Song Limited
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind
Theresea B from North Carolina The first time I heard this song was in the 1994 movie “Dumb and Dumber”. Second time in “Peaky Blinders”. Such a change and dynamic from one to the other scenes.
Karen Stickney from Lewiston, MeIt also appears on the soundtrack for the movie "The Vampire's Assistant". How can anyone forget that movie? It's just as important as "Twilight" and all those other vampire movies, even ones with kids who are transformed or blooded into vampires.
Mickey Knox from Crowleyville, WvI have only just started getting into Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. I've heard this song featured on the ost for the X-Files and there was a cover of the song done for one of the Scream movies. I do have to say I will be listening to more of Nick Cave this Halloween. I think this would be a good tune to play at a Halloween party.
Xiaoliang from Shenyang, ChinaThe part of this song has been also used in OST for Russian movie "The Goddess (How i fell in love)" by Renata Litvinova.
Deb from Melbourne, AustraliaThere is a version of Red Right Hand written for one of the "Scream" movie soundtracks (perhaps Scream 2 or 3?) that is almost comical in it's dramatic feel. Surely Nick is taking the piss out of Hollywood in this?!
Alden from Asheville, NcThis song also appeared on the X-Files soundtrack.
Dave from Edmonton, CanadaI don't remember if this song appeared in the movie "Dumb and Dumber" or not, but I have the soundtrack and this song isn't on there.
"Sloop John B" is a traditional West Indian folk song, and it was a huge hit for The Beach Boys in 1966. They tweaked the lyric, "This is the worst trip since I've been born" to "...I've ever been on" as a wink to acid culture.
In Beastie Boys' "Paul Revere," the title refers to the name of a horse. They took it from a song in the musical Guys And Dolls where a character sings, "I got the horse right here, the name is Paul Revere."