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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

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Written by: Nicholas Cave

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Rudy Hooghoff

Kylie minoque and Nick cave where the wild roses grow

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 color 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 alone

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 lay on the bank, the wind light as a thief
And I kissed her goodbye, said "All beauty must die"
And I knelt down and planted a rose between her teeth

They call me the wild rose
But my name is Elisa Day
Why they call me it I do not know
For my name is Elisa Day
My name was Elisa Day
For my name was Elisa Day



Lucian

Don't worry, Kylie, PJ will bring you justice, in "Henry Lee" 😇
Girl Power! ♥️

Joke aside, I want to show a huge respect to Kylie Minogue, for this song, because it seems like she is doing a great job (especially vocally); and while Cave is perhaps more used to dark, gloomy songs... she does a hell of a job in an area that at first glance, might not seem her cup of tea.

I would have the same opinion if she was the murderer, instead of Nick.
Actually, I find the idea very interesting.

Congratulations for such wonderful (musical and theatrical) manifestations of artistry!



Kate Younger

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 color 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 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 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 Day
My name was Elisa Day
For my name was Elisa Day



Катерина Плугатор

They call me The Wild Rose
But my name was Eliza Day
Why they call me it I do not know
For my name was Eliza 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 Eliza Day
Why they call me it I do not know
For my name was Eliza 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 Eliza Day
Why they call me it I do not know
For my name was Eliza 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 lay on the bank, the wind lied 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 Eliza Day
Why they call me it I do not know
For my name was Eliza Day
My name was Eliza Day
For my name was Eliza Day



All comments from YouTube:

Jamie Smyth

The lines “they call me the wild rose. But my name was Elisa Day” just makes me think all of those victims who became nothing but a name in the media that people would recognize only because of their horrific murders. The one that comes to mind immediately is the Black Dahlia. Another flower name. A woman who was the victim of a horrendous crime and is now only known through that dehumanizing title

Emmanuelle DEVERNA

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Big Tony

It this wasn't copied then i salute you.

JJoGath

really🥶

Elocin x

Well said.

Thomas Sutherland

@mk floyd Francis, Yes, Indeed I'd Say He "Ripped" More Than Any Other. There Are Copycats Of His Work Across Time And Earth.
Some Suggest He Followed The Work Of Certain Others. Always Look To The Past, As Far As One Must, To Seek What You Wish To Find.

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Mikołaj Bieliński

This is not song ..... This is timeless masterpiece

Edward Sephton

Yes, i do not understand why Nick is not a billionaire, his music is excellent and not run of the mill.

• Tia san•!🙌🏻

For sure, like many songs of the Greatest Nick!!!

Nick Beck

“And I kissed her goodbye, said all beauty must die”. So beautiful, disturbing and emotional line. Nick Cave have to be the greatest lyricist of the past 30 years.

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