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Posted on November 24, 2015 by Trace
“Red Right Hand” is a 1994 song and single from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
The phrase “red right hand” is from a line in John Milton’s epic poem ‘Paradise Lost’ that refers to the vengeful hand of God.
It first appeared on the album Let Love In (1994). It was later released as a single. It has since become one of Cave’s signature tunes, performed at most of his concerts.
Source above : wiki
The notion of a Red Right Hand goes back to John Milton’s Paradise Lost where it also plays the role of an undefined threat. There are discussions among scholars whether it concerns the hand of Satan or the punishing hand of God himself.
To back up the lyrics, the whole song has a threatening allure with the organ theme and Cave’s deep ominous voice.
In verses one and two, a tall handsome man ‘with a red right hand’ is used to personify an omnipresent danger. In verses three and four it is revealed what this danger actually is. It is the allure (remember that the man is tall and handsome) of material wealth which draws away your focus from more important things like self-respect. The tall handsome man sustains this danger as a ‘catastrophic plan’ in which you (that is the average person) are a ‘microscopic cog’. In this way, the man represents consumer society: something which is very everyday, but in its essence utterly scary and life-crushing.
The song was used as a theme song for the the horror movies Scream 1 & 2 and the soundtrack of 3 still contains tunes that are a reminiscence of this song.
Source above : Genius
Take a little walk to the edge of town
and go across the tracks
Where the viaduct looms,
like a bird of doom
As it shifts and cracks
Where secrets lie in the border fires,
in the humming wires
Hey man, you know
you’re never coming back
Past the square, past the bridge,
past the mills, past the stacks
On a gathering storm comes
a tall handsome man
in a dusty black coat with
a red right hand
He’ll wrap you in his arms,
tell you that you’ve been a good boy
He’ll rekindle all the dreams
it took you a lifetime to destroy
He’ll reach deep into the hole,
heal your shrinking soul,
but there won’t be a single thing
that you can do
He’s a god, he’s a man,
he’s a ghost, he’s a guru
They’re whispering his name
through this disappearing land
But hidden in his coat
is a red right hand
You don’t have no money?
He’ll get you some
You don’t have no car?
He’ll get you one
You don’t have no self-respect,
you feel like an insect
Well don’t you worry buddy,
’cause here he comes
Through the ghettos and the barrio
and the bowery and the slum
A shadow is cast wherever he stands
Stacks of green paper in his
red right hand
You’ll see him in your nightmares,
you’ll see him in your dreams
He’ll appear out of nowhere but
he ain’t what he seems
You’ll see him in your head,
on the TV screen
And hey buddy, I’m warning
you to turn it off
He’s a ghost, he’s a god,
he’s a man, he’s a guru
You’re one microscopic cog
in his catastrophic plan
Designed and directed by
his red right hand
A new cover of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ “Red Right Hand” by PJ Harvey will appear in an episode of the BBC drama ‘Peaky Blinders.’
Harvey briefly dated Cave in the mid-1990s and they collaborated together on the song “Henry Lee”, from the album Murder Ballads. — source here
20,000 Days on Earth
“Memory is what we are. Your very soul and your very reason to be alive are tied up in memory.”
So observes the dour songwriter Nick Cave during an interview with the noted British psychoanalyst Darian Leader, in “20,000 Days on Earth.”The film, a fusion of documentary and drama, is a fictional re-creation of the 20,000th day of Mr. Cave’s life, when he started recording his 2013 album, “Push the Sky Away.” It is as intimate and honest a portrait of a rock artist’s creative roots as any film has attempted.
Cave was born in Australia and now lives in Brighton, England, where the turbulent weather reflects his churning, gothic musical melancholy. The film opens with a spectacular three-minute montage in which streams of images from his life are clocked as a counter speeds to the number 20,000, after which Mr. Cave is shown waking up in the morning on that magic day.
He drives around Brighton in a car, in which various collaborators and friends materialize. One is the actor Ray Winstone from the 2005 film “The Proposition,” whose screenplay Mr. Cave wrote. Others include Blixa Bargeld, a former guitarist with his band the Bad Seeds, and the Australian pop star Kylie Minogue, with whom he had his only major hit, “Where the Wild Roses Grow,” from his “Murder Ballads” album in the mid-’90s
Excerpt source above : read more — NY Times
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