"Darker with the Day" as written by and Nicholas Edward Cave Warren Ellis....
As so with that, I thought I'd take a final walk
The tide of public opinion had started to abate
The neighbors, bless them, had turned out to be all talk
I could see their frightened faces
Peering at me through the gate

I was looking for an end to this, for some kind of closure
Time moved so rapidly, I had no hope of keeping track of it
I thought of my friends who had died of exposure
And I remembered other ones who had died from the lack of it

And in my best shoes I started falling forward down the street
I stopped at a church and jostled through the crowd
And love followed just behind me, panting at my feet
As the steeple tore the stomach from a lonely little cloud

Inside I sat, seeking the presence of a God
I searched through the pictures in a leather-bound book
I found a woolly lamb dozing in an issue of blood
And a gilled Jesus shivering on a fisherman's hook

Babe
It seems so long
Since you've been gone away
And I
Just got to say
That it grows darker with the day

Back on the street I saw a great big smiling sun
It was a Good day and an Evil day and all was bright and new
And it seemed to me that most destruction was being done
By those who could not choose between the two

Amateurs, dilettantes, hacks, cowboys, clones
The streets groan with little Caesars, Napoleons and cunts
With their building blocks and their tiny plastic phones
Counting on their fingers, with crumbs down their fronts

I passed by your garden, saw you with your flowers
The Magnolias, Camellias and Azaleas so sweet
And I stood there invisible in the panicking crowds
You looked so beautiful in the rising heat
I smell smoke, see little fires bursting on the lawns
People carry on regardless, listening to their hands
Great cracks appear in the pavement, the earth yawns
Bored and disgusted, to do us down

Babe
It seems so long
Since you've been gone
And I
Just got to say
That it grows darker with the day

These streets are frozen now. I come and go
Full of a longing for something I do not know
My father sits slumped in the deepening snow
As I search, in and out, above, about, below

Babe
It seems so long
Since you went away
And I
Just got to say
That it grows darker with the day


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"Darker With the Day" as written by Warren Ellis Nicholas Edward Cave

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    General CommentTo me, it seems to be about his marriage and fears arising from such. There are many references on the album to his wedding day and new wife.

    The first verse seems very morbid, funereal, but I thinks it's a very tongue-in-cheek way of describing wedding day nerves. (Cave's got to be one of the most subtely humorous lyricists around).

    *The neighbours, bless them, had turned out to be all talk
    I could see their frightened faces
    peering at me through the gate*

    Maybe some invitees to his wedding, his neighbours in suburbia, still somewhat wary of this rockstar who now lives beside them?

    *I stopped at a church and jostled through the crowd
    And love followed just behind me, panting at my feet*

    to me seems like the custom of a groom arriving in church, then waiting for the bride to follow.

    The Good Day, Evil Day line might represent the contrast between his personal situation and the worldly situation (which he views as verging on apocalytpic, with everything starting to fall)

    *And it seemed to me that most destruction was being done
    By those who could not choose between the two*

    seems like he's railing about inaction and apathy here

    *Amateurs, dilettantes, hacks, cowboys, clones
    The streets groan with little Caesars, Napoleons and cunts
    With their building blocks and their tiny plastic phones
    Counting on their fingers, with crumbs down their fronts*

    ...and those who concern themselves with making money whilst disregarding the reality of the world today

    *And I stood there invisible in the panicking crowds
    You looked so beautiful in the rising heat*

    Now it seems to be further on in time and he's been separated from his wife, through death possibly, or divorce? and he looks at her from a distance.

    *People carry on regardless, listening to their hands*

    The people can't see what he sees, but does his wife? Perhaps he's the only one who can see the reality and this is about his fears that this would cause them to break up? Or his pessimism about the world would?

    The four lines at the end are tough to figure out, especially the father line. I'm guessing he's saying that no matter how far he's come he's still looking for something, and that we'll probably all be looking for that intangible 'something' even into death.

    Anyway, apologies for my crummy interpretation, but I do love the song.
    acediaon June 04, 2008   Link

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