It was a miracle I even got out of Longwood alive
This town full of men with big mouths and no guts
I mean, if you can just picture it:
The whole third floor of the hotel gutted by the blast
And the street below showered in shards of broken glass
And all the drunks pourin' out of the dance halls
Starin' up at the smoke and the flames
And the blind pencil seller wavin' his stick
Shoutin' for his dog that lay dead on the side of the road
And me, if you can believe this
At the wheel of the car
Closin' my eyes and actually prayin'
Not to God above, but to you
Sayin':

Help me girl, help me girl
I'll love you till the end of the world
With your eyes black as coal and your long dark curls

Some things we plan, we sit and we invent
And we plot and cook up
Others are works of inspiration, of poetry
And it was this genius hand that pushed me up the hotel stairs
To say my last goodbye
To her hair white as snow and her pale blue eyes
Sayin': "I gotta go, I gotta go
The bomb and the bread basket
Are ready to blow,"
In this town of men with big mouths and no guts
The pencil seller's dog spooked by the explosion
And leapin' under my wheels
As I careered out of Longwood
On my way to you
Waitin' in your dress
In your dress of blue
I said:

Thank you girl, thank you girl
I'll love you till the end of the world
With your eyes black as coal and your long dark curls

And with the horses prancin' through the fields
With my knife in my jeans and the rain on the shield
I sang a song for the glory of the beauty of you
Waitin for me
In your dress of blue

Thank you girl
Thank you girl
I'll love you till the end of the world
With your eyes black as coal and your long dark curls


Lyrics submitted by delial, edited by Mellow_Harsher

(I'll Love You) Till the End of the World song meanings
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    General CommentI'm always moved by this song... Of course this happens with nick cave generally so...
    But this song I think is one of the sweeter songs showing how one can worship another so much that he ends up believing his whole life is driven and judged by this person
    uodvraxzon July 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think, this song about terrorists or, maybe, robbers, who was going to use explosive; and unexpectedly it happenned something wrong, and one of them had to run away from Longwood...
    octoberhammeron December 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis was on the soundtrack to the Wim Wenders film of the same name, about a nuclear satellite hurtling towards earth to spread contamination. What I want to know is who is the "other" woman - the one with hair white as snow and pale blue eyes?
    Andiaron February 15, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"White as snow" - that's not blonde, that's grey. A much older woman, maybe his mother? True, it's not very nice to leave your old ma in a burning hotel. But then, it's not nice to run over a blind pencil seller's dog! I think the bloke in the song is just a tad self-centred - the world can go to hell while he fixes his thoughts on the woman waiting for him.
    morbid moragon July 06, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"So who is the blond girl?"

    The lyrics don't say she's a person - it might be a metaphor. An angel maybe?
    b0rison August 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI enjoy this song - one of what I call "Nick's Talkie Songs" - where he does more talking than singing. It works here though, i'm not trying to bad-mouth it.

    I've never seen the Wender's film this is from - but perhaps that could shed a bit of light on the whole pale hair and eyes woman - if any of this imagery is even present in the film. I would imagine it's not - which won't help anyone.

    And hey! It wasn't his fault the blind pencil seller's dog ran under the wheels of the car - well, unless HE blew up the building - which i think he might have been at least involved in somehow - so if thats true, i guess it's TECHNICALLY his fault - but shit man, he's was just trying the peace the fuck out - give the guy a break.

    And I'll point this out because on lots of the other songs people have mentioned repeated themes and lyrics - if anyone interested in that - this songs offers up "a knife in my jeans" not word for word but close to the line "with a knife in his jeans" from "Loom of the Land" off "Henry's Dream."

    StickityWicketon November 18, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti just want to say that i'm obsessed with this song.
    yes, i've added nothing to the discourse here.

    but it's so damn addictive.
    nickcavevspredatoron March 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIf you insert the word squirrel for girl, the song becomes an ear worm that will haunt you to your grave!
    MoJonsonon February 07, 2015   Link
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    General Comment"What I want to know is who is the "other" woman - the one with hair white as snow and pale blue eyes?"

    Thats exactly what I was asking myself too...

    And it was this genius hand that pushed me up the hotel stairs
    To say my last goodbye
    To her hair white as snow and her pale blue eyes
    Sayin': "I gotta go, I gotta go
    The bomb and the bread basket
    Are ready to blow,"

    In my opinion this few lyrics change the whole meaning of the song, which is otherwise pretty straight-forward, and in the Nick Cave`s style....

    So who is the blond girl? If anybody has any idea please comment...
    Versasmon June 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOk, ok, ok, I GOT IT !
    It was like this: the blond girl is the song hero`s former girlfriend. She broke his heart, and she was probbably a prostitute, the "hotel" was probbably a brothel. So he decided to take revenge...
    He blow up the hotel, and then started running from town to his "true love" the girl "With your eyes black as coal and your long dark curls"
    Versasmon June 14, 2008   Link

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