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Oh My Lord Lyrics

Artist: Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
Album: No More Shall We Part

I thought I'd take a walk today
It's a mistake I sometimes make
My children lay asleep in bed
My wife lay wide-awake
I kissed her softly on the brow
I tried not to make a sound
But with stony eyes she looked at me
And gently squeezed my hand
Call it a pr閙onition, call it a crazy vision
Call it intuition, something learned from mother
But when she looked up at me, I could clearly see
The Sword of Damocles hanging directly above her
Oh Lord Oh my Lord
Oh Lord
How have I offended thee?
Wrap your tender arms around me
Oh Lord Oh Lord
Oh My Lord

They called at me through the fence
They were not making any sense
They claimed that I had lost the plot
Kept saying that I was not
The man I used to be
They held their babes aloft
Threw marsh mellows at the Security
And said that I'd grown soft

Call it intuition, call it a creeping suspicion,
But their words of derision meant they hardly knew me
For even I could see in the way they looked at me
The Spear of Destiny sticking right through me
Oh Lord Oh my lord
Oh Lord
How have I offended thee?
Wrap your tender arms round me
Oh Lord Oh lord
Oh My Lord

Now l'm at the hairdressers
People watch me as they move past
A guy wearing plastic antlers
Presses his bum against the glass
Now l'm down on my hands and knees
And it's so fucking hot!
Someone cries, "What are you looking for?"
I scream, "The plot, the plot!"
I grab my telephone, I call my wife at home
She screams, "Leave us alone!" I say, "Hey, it's only me"
The hairdresser with his scissors, he holds up the mirror
I look back and shiver; I can't even believe what I can see
Be mindful of the prayers you send
Pray hard but pray with care
For the tears that you are crying now
Are just your answered prayers
The ladders of life that we scale merrily
Move mysteriously around
So that when you think you're climbing up, man
In fact you're climbing down
Into the hollows of glamour, where with spikes and hammer
With telescopic camera, they chose to turn the screw
Oh I hate them, Ma! Oh I hate them, Pa!
Oh I hate them all for what they went and done to you
Oh Lord Oh my Lord
Oh Lord
How have I offended thee?
Wrap your tender arms round me
Oh Lord Oh Lord
Oh My Lord
Comments/Interpretations
by jeff in nyc on 3/6/2009 10:29pm
This song just blows me away...Such a powerfull song, it just builds and builds, Nick is just mad as hell...But he never sounded better. Great albun as well, "No More Shall We Part" highly recommend it.
by taylor on 11/18/2009 12:56pm
i agree with jeff.
by Agni on 3/29/2010 2:08pm
And I too...agree with you :)
by mario petrinčić on 9/19/2010 4:43am
owsome
by anto jerković on 2/1/2011 5:24am
Song make no sense,bat it has magic wraped around herself,beautifull song,will listen long time
by jason on 8/4/2013 9:42am
@anto--I believe the song is about fame and changing as an artist.
by peter on 10/18/2013 10:30am
To me it's about parnoid images Nick likes to write about, but he himself gets lost in them and panics because can't tie them together to a coherent song. Alas, crying about a prayer come true.
by anjuna on 12/17/2013 2:45pm
well i think that it is about the devorce with his wife (or at least connected to it somehow) becouse the whole CD isi about that

I love this song
he's my favorite artist

And his lyrics always have some meaning (@anto jerkoviae)


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