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The Mercy Seat


by Nick Cave. Buy album CD: Other Songs I - W


It began when they come took me from my home
And put me in Dead Row,
Of which I am nearly wholly innocent, you know.
And I'll say it again
I..am..not..afraid..to..die.
I began to warm and chill
To objects and their fields,
A ragged cup, a twisted mop
The face of Jesus in my soup
Those sinister dinner meals
The meal trolley's wicked wheels
A hooked bone rising from my food
All things either good or ungood.
And the mercy seat is waiting
And I think my head is burning
And in a way I'm yearning
To be done with all this measuring of truth.
An eye for an eye
A tooth for a tooth
And anyway I told the truth
And I'm not afraid to die.
Interpret signs and catalogue
A blackened tooth, a scarlet fog.
The walls are bad. Black. Bottom kind.
They are sick breath at my hind
They are sick breath at my hind
They are sick breath at my hind
They are sick breath gathering at my hind
I hear stories from the chamber
How Christ was born into a manger
And like some ragged stranger
Died upon the cross
And might I say it seems so fitting in its way
He was a carpenter by trade
Or at least that's what I'm told
Like my good hand I
tatooed E.V.I.L. across it's brother's fist
That filthy five! They did nothing to challenge or resist.
In Heaven His throne is made of gold
The ark of his Testament is stowed
A throne from which I'm told
All history does unfold.
Down here it's made of wood and wire
And my body is on fire
And God is never far away.
Into the mercy seat I climb
My head is shaved, my head is wired
And like a moth that tries
To enter the bright eye
I go shuffling out of life
Just to hide in death awhile
And anyway I never lied.
My kill-hand is called E.V.I.L.
Wears a wedding band that's G.O.O.D.
`Tis a long-suffering shackle
Collaring all that rebel blood.
And the mercy seat is waiting
And I think my head is burning
And in a way I'm yearning
To be done with all this measuring of truth.
An eye for an eye
And a tooth for a tooth
And anyway I told the truth
And I'm not afraid to die.
And the mercy seat is burning
And I think my head is glowing
And in a way I'm hoping
To be done with all this weighing up of truth.
An eye for an eye
And a tooth for a tooth
And I've got nothing left to lose
And I'm not afraid to die.
And the mercy seat is glowing
And I think my head is smoking
And in a way I'm hoping
To be done with all this looks of disbelief.
An eye for an eye
And a tooth for a tooth
And anyway there was no proof
Nor a motive why.
And the mercy seat is smoking
And I think my head is melting
And in a way I'm helping
To be done with all this twisted of the truth.
A lie for a lie
And a truth for a truth
And I've got nothing left to lose
And I'm not afraid to die.
And the mercy seat is melting
And I think my blood is boiling
And in a way I'm spoiling
All the fun with all this truth and consequence.
An eye for an eye
And a truth for a truth
And anyway I told the truth
And I'm not afraid to die.
And the mercy seat is waiting
And I think my head is burning
And in a way I'm yearning
To be done with all this measuring of proof.
A life for a life
And a truth for a truth
And anyway there was no proof
But I'm not afraid to tell a lie.
And the mercy seat is waiting
And I think my head is burning
And in a way I'm yearning
To be done with all this measuring of truth.
An eye for an eye
And a truth for a truth
And anyway I told the truth
But I'm afraid I told a lie.



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Album: Other Songs I - W Lyrics
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  1. (I'll Love You) Till The End Of The World
  2. A Box For Black Paul
  3. Ain't Gonna Rain Anymore
  4. And No More Shall We Part
  5. Are You The One I've Been Waiting For?
  6. As I Sat Sadly By Her Side
  7. Avalanche
  8. Blue Bird
  9. Cassiel's Song
  10. City Of Refuge
  11. Darker With The Day
  12. Dead Joe
  13. Do You Love Me
  14. Faraway, So Close
  15. Fifteen feet of pure white snow
  16. Gates To The Garden
  17. God Is In The House
  18. Hallelujah
  19. Helpless
  20. I Do Love Her So
  21. In The Ghetto
  22. Intro
  23. Jennifer's Veil
  24. Knoxville girl
  25. Love letter
  26. Loverman
  27. Lucy
  28. Mack The Knife
  29. Mojo
  30. Mutiny In Heaven
  31. Nobody's Baby Now
  32. Red Right Hand
  33. Right Now I'm A Roamin'
  34. Sad Waters
  35. Saint Huck
  36. Shivers
  37. Silent Scream
  38. Swampland
  39. Sweetheart come
  40. The Carny
  41. The Mercy Seat
  42. The Ship Song
  43. The Weeping Song
  44. There Is A Light
  45. Thirsty Dog
  46. Time Jesum Transientum Et Non Riverentum
  47. To be by your side
  48. Up Jumped The Devil
  49. Vixo
  50. Wild World
  51. Wings Off Flies

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