"People Ain't No Good" as written by and Nicholas Edward Cave....
People just ain't no good
I think that's well understood
You can see it everywhere you look
People just ain't no good

We were married under cherry trees
Under blossom we made our vows
All the blossoms come sailing down
Through the streets and through the playgrounds

The sun would stream on the sheets
Awoken by the morning bird
We'd buy the Sunday newspapers
And never read a single word

People they ain't no good
People they ain't no good
People they ain't no good

Seasons came, seasons went
The winter stripped the blossoms bare
A different tree now lines the streets
Shaking its fists in the air
The winter slammed us like a fist
The windows rattling in the gales
To which she drew the curtains
Made out of her wedding veils

People they ain't no good
People they ain't no good
People they ain't no good at all

To our love send a dozen white lilies
To our love send a coffin of wood
To our love let all the pink-eyed pigeons coo
That people they just ain't no good

To our love send back all the letters
To our love a valentine of blood
To our love let all the jilted lovers cry
That people they just ain't no good

It ain't that in their hearts they're bad
They can comfort you, some even try
They nurse you when you're ill of health
They bury you when you go and die

It ain't that in their hearts they're bad
They'd stick by you if they could
But that's just bullshit baby
People just ain't no good

People they ain't no good
People they ain't no good
People they ain't no good at all
People they ain't no good
People they ain't no good
People they ain't no good at all


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"People Ain't No Good" as written by Nicholas Edward Cave

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    General Commentheeee i love how in shrek 2, cap. hook sings it!!!
    sbroxmysox1991on June 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentSeriously? Awesome. I'm going to see it next week, I can't wait.
    Gloomon June 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentHehe...great movie and great song.
    Nosdravdeon April 06, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe lyrics are just great. and true too. "people just ain't no good"...
    even better along with a depressive mood.
    SlightlyMadon April 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThese lyrics are amazingly profound. The tune is repetitive, but I think of it as a chant or a lament to make up for that.... :D
    niameleton September 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commentat the start, I think you'll find it is "People just ain't no good/A THING that's well understood".

    or at least, it's fairly clearly that in the version that I've been listening to.

    I think this is quite touching. I guess it's more about not being able to connect with people than people being bad as such.

    "It ain't that in their hearts they're bad..."
    dri-fton April 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThese lyrics are from the CD Booklet, so...
    It sounds like someone who's had enough of the world and being pissed over by people. Certainly been there.

    "To our love send a coffin" sounds like a relationship has gone bad and he's not doing so well. Poor bloke.
    xdvron August 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentA song with meaning... makes so much sense to me!
    voltaboltaon September 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI have always been under the impression that the song isn't so much about people being horrible in the emotional sense, but it's Cave telling a story about how you can love someone, completely devote yourself to them and in the end they die and you're left without them.

    So really, people ain't no good, because even if you love someone they can still die.
    Prodigalon December 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentan elegy to dead love, simple as that. She's dead to him now and he's mourning not her, but the death of what had held them together.
    darnflooron December 31, 2007   Link

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