Where The Wild Roses Grow

Album: Murder Ballads (1996)
Charted: 11
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  • 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
    As she stared in my eyes and smiled
    For her lips were the colour of the roses
    They 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 the tears that ran down my face

    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

    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 rose
    Said: 'Will you give me your loss and your sorrow?'
    I nodded my head, as I laid on the bed
    He said, '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 it 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 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
    As I kissed her goodbye, I said, 'All beauty must die'
    And lent down and planted a rose between 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 DayWriter/s: Nick CAVE
    Publisher: PREMIERE MUSIC GROUP
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Comments: 3

  • Andrea from Australia ANOTHER brilliant song that leaves you with goose bumps. Nick and Kylie REALLY make this work; so proud I'm an aussie: )
    The electricity between these two leaves you on the edge of your seat! He also sets off the same vibe with P.J Harvey; Hail to you girls; AMAZING talent. I think if I actually stood next to Nick I'd faint lol
  • Teresa from Mechelen, BelgiumI love this song very much. Nick Cave has a wonderful voice and this duo with Kylie Minogue is top.
  • Erika from Vernon, CtI love this song! Nick Cave is one of the few artists who can make something so disturbing so beautiful. "Henry Lee", "Lovely Creature," and "Nobody's Baby Now" have that same feel. A very Gothic/Victorian vibe, actually. His piano playing alone brings tears to my eyes.
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