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Mermaids
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Lyrics


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She was a catch
We were a match
I was the match that would fire up her snatch
There was a catch
I was no match
I was fired from her crotch
I sit around and watch
The mermaids sun themselves out on the rocks
They are beyond our touch
I watch and watch
Wave at me
They wave at me
They wave and slip
Back into the sea

And all the ones who come
And all the ones who go
Down to the water
And all the ones who come
And all the ones who go
Down to the sea

I believe in God
I believe in mermaids too
I believe in 72 virgins on a chain (why not, why not)
I believe in the Rapture
For I've seen your face
On the floor of the ocean
At the bottom of the rain
I do driver alertness course
I do husband alertness course
I do mermaid alertness course
Watch them out on the rocks
Wave at me
They wave at me
They wave and slip
Back into the sea

And all the ones who come
And all the ones who go
Down to the water
And all the ones who come
And all the ones who go
Down to the sea
And all the ones who come
And all the ones who go
Down to the water
And all the ones who come
And all the ones who go
Down to the sea

Overall Meaning

The lyrics for Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds's song "Mermaids" refers to the singer's fascination with mermaids and their untouchable nature. The opening lines reference a sexual encounter, where the singer was not able to satisfy his partner. He then shifts focus to observing mermaids as they sun themselves on rocks but remain out of reach. The chorus mentions those who come and go to the water, possibly suggesting the transient nature of life and people's interactions with the world around them.


The singer's belief in both God and mermaids may suggest a search for spirituality and the unknown or mystical. The mention of 72 virgins on a chain and the Rapture, both concepts from religious belief, contrast with the idea of mermaids and create an interesting paradox.


The final verse includes the singer's involvement in various alertness courses, including a mermaid alertness course, suggesting a search for understanding or connection with the unknown. The repeated refrain, "Wave at me, they wave at me, they wave and slip back into the sea," emphasizes the distance and separation between the singer and the mermaids, while also representing the fleeting nature of life and experiences.


Line by Line Meaning

She was a catch
She was an attractive woman


We were a match
We were well-suited as a couple


I was the match that would fire up her snatch
I was the man that would sexually arouse her


There was a catch
There was a problem


I was no match
I was not good enough for her


I was fired from her crotch
She rejected me sexually


I sit around and watch
I spend time observing things


The mermaids sun themselves out on the rocks
There are imaginary creatures basking in the sunlight


They are beyond our touch
We can't interact with them


They wave at me
They gesture towards me


They wave and slip
They gesture and then disappear


Back into the sea
They return to their mythical environment


And all the ones who come
All the people who visit


And all the ones who go
All the people who leave


Down to the water
Towards the source of the mermaids


Down to the sea
Towards the mythical environment of the mermaids


I believe in God
I have faith in a higher power


I believe in mermaids too
I have faith in mythical creatures


I believe in 72 virgins on a chain (why not, why not)
I believe in an extravagant afterlife reward


I believe in the Rapture
I believe in a biblical prophecy


For I've seen your face
Because I've encountered something similar


On the floor of the ocean
In a location that's difficult to reach


At the bottom of the rain
In a gloomy atmosphere


I do driver alertness course
I take a driving safety class


I do husband alertness course
I take a marriage strengthening class


I do mermaid alertness course
I prepare for an unlikely event


Watch them out on the rocks
Observe the mythical creatures basking in the sunlight


And all the ones who come
Everyone who visits


And all the ones who go
Everyone who leaves


Down to the water
Towards the source of the mermaids


Down to the sea
Towards the mythical environment of the mermaids




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Mute Song Limited
Written by: Nicholas Edward Cave, Warren Ellis

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@portokalimarida

She was a catch
We were a match
I was the match
That would fire up her snatch
But there was a catch
I was no match
I was fired from her crotch
Now I sit around and watch
The mermaids sun themselves
Out on the rocks
They are beyond our touch
I watch and watch
Them wave at me
They wave at me
They wave and slip
Back into the sea

All the ones who come
And all the ones who go
Down to the water
All the ones who come
And all the ones who go
Down to the sea

I believe in God
I believe in mermaids too
I believe in seventy two virgins
On a chain why not why not
I believe in the rapture
For I've seen your face
On the floor of the ocean
At the bottom of the rain

I do driver alertness course
I do husband alertness course
I do mermaid alertness course
I watch them out on the rocks
They wave at me
They wave at me
They wave and slip
Back into the sea

All the ones who come
And all the ones who go
Down to the water
All the ones who come
And the ones who go
Down to the sea

All the ones who come
And all the ones who go
Down to the water
All the ones who come
And the ones who go
Down to the sea



All comments from YouTube:

@user-vl1ox4gy4r

Мне почти пятьдесят лет, а я до сих пор чувствую себя тем глупым подростком, каким была, когда полюбила музыку Ника. Когда его слушаю, сердце заходится от восторга...

@user-gr3he9td3y

Это очень мощно! Моим родителям столько же, сколько вам, но они не разделяют моей любви к Кейву. Говорят, слишком мрачный) А я тоже когда-то его песни полюбила, будучи подростком. Забавно - именно у отца нашла запись muder ballads, а он даже не помнит, что она у него была.
Приятно знать, что люди сквозь столько лет проносят любовь к такой прекрасной музыке. 💔❤️‍🔥Ещё и в знакомой тебе языковой среде.

@jasminehammond9015

How can someone write for thirty years and still be this incredible

@truefunksoul8638

40+ years when you wrote that comment .. 35 years when Nick wrote this song.

@esteras114

virgo slay

@toperic02

Only Nick can sing about snatches with a children's' choir in the background.

@skiw7720

Count Grassi They look like they're on their early/mid teens to me.

@MephProduction

think it means something different in Australia.

@belindacorbett5423

It means the same thing in Australia

@francoisechannaux242

Écouter France Inter en direct

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