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Where the Wild Roses Grow
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Lyrics


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'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
He said "Will you 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
And she lay 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 that I do not know
For my name was Elisa Day
My name was Elisa Day
For my name was Elisa Day

Lyrics © PREMIERE MUSIC GROUP, BMG Rights Management
Written by: Nicholas Cave

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Henrique Ramos

"Where The Wild Roses Grow"
(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 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

[Chorus]

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?"

[Chorus]

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

[Chorus]



Tony Bittner-Collins

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.

Nick Cave:
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.

Kylie Minogue:
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.

Nick Cave:
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?'

Kylie Minogue:
On the second day he came with a single red rose
He said 'Will you 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.

Kylie Minogue:
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.

Nick Cave:
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 I leant down and planted a rose 'tween her teeth.

Kylie Minogue:
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
My name was Elisa Day
For my name was Elisa Day.



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Melinda Marley

“The death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world."
-Edgar Allan Poe

Lorem Troglodytarum

Edgar Allen Poe, best poet ever.

M

He just wanted to create a poetic atmosphere

Some Random Name

@Maria Mihut
Romanticism was in at the time, and Poe had to write about something to stand out that wasn't the regular virtue schlock espoused by everyone so he picked murder.

Some Random Name

@Johan Öhgren
Not for the first 30 years of your life.
Then by 30 max, you either get killed, or your beauty dies and you live on.

3000KJH

Annabel Lee

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Sam uelson

Has there ever been a more beautiful song about being so in love with someone you want to take them to the riverbank and beat them to death with a rock?

Vic Godinet

No mate..not as far as I know..

F4ngel

"I felt like destroying something beautiful"

Name_

@Sasha I see what you're saying, but artists cannot be responsible for what some psycho might fantasize about or do. Art is sometimes challenging and should be because life is not all sunshine and rainbows. Art can explore the darker side of humanity in a safe way because it's ultimately unreal. This song is very much like a Edgar Allen Poe theme - should we ban his work too? Should we censor everyone?

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