Nick Cave sings about his own grief for the first time on Into My Arms

Nick Cave sings about his own grief for the first time on Into My Arms
Nick Cave sings about his own grief for the first time on Into My Arms

For that reason, Cave was ashamed of the album for years, telling NME in 2021: “I felt like I had shown too much. These hyper-personal songs suddenly seemed self-pity-driven enlargements of what was essentially a daily, common ordeal.”

However, with the years Cave realizes that The Boatman’s Call and Into My Arms are works he can be proud of. “There was a radical change in the way I wrote songs. I now understand that that record was a necessary step towards a way of writing that is almost completely autobiographical.” In Cave’s lecture The Secret Life of the Love Song, he says that Into My Arms is even one of the songs he is most proud of.

Calm and understated

In addition to a very personal text, Into My Arms, and the album The Boatman’s Call as a whole, also musically a new step for Cave. The Australian begins his career in the 1980s as the frontman of the chaotic post-punk formation The Birthday Party, with both the band and the audience rarely making it through a performance without bruises.

With The Bad Seeds Cave is taking it a bit easier, but there is still enough noise on the early work of that group. So is Murder Balladsthe 1996 predecessor of The Boatman’s Calla collection of songs in which the main characters brutally murder or are murdered.

Watch the clip of below one of those Murder BalladsStagger Lee:

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