"Do You Love Me? Pt. 2" as written by and Paul Stanley Kim Fowley....
Onward! And Onward! And Onward I go
Where no man before could be bothered to go
Till the soles of my shoes are shot full of holes
And it's all downhill with a bullet
This ramblin' and rovin' has taken it's course
I'm grazing with the dinosaurs and the dear old horses
And the city streets crack and a great hole forces
Me down with my soapbox, my pulpit
The theater ceiling is silver star spangled

And the coins in my pocket go jingle-jangle
Do you love me?
Do you love me?
Do you love me?
Do you love me?

There's a man in the theatre with girlish eyes
Who's holding my childhood to ransom
On the screen there's a death,
There's a rustle of cloth
And a sickly voice calling me handsome
There's a man in the theatre with sly girlish eyes
On the screen there's an ape, a gorilla
There's a groan, there's a cough, there's a rustle of cloth
And a voice that stinks of death and vanilla
This is a secret, mauled and mangled

And the coins in my pocket go jingle-jangle
Do you love me?
Do you love me?
Do you love me?
Do you love me?

The walls in the ceiling are painted in blood
The lights go down, the red curtains come apart
The room is full of smoke and dialogue I know by heart
And the coins in my pocket jingle-jangle
As the great screen crackled and popped
And the clock of my boyhood was wound down and stopped
And my handsome little body oddly propped
And my trousers ride down to my ankles
Yes, onward! And upward!
And I'm off to find love

Do you love me? If you do, I'm thankful
Do you love me?
Do you love me?
Do you love me?
Do you love me?

This city is an ogre squatting by the river
It gives life but it takes it away, my youth
There comes a time when you just cannot deliver
This is a fact. This is a stone cold truth.
Do you love me? I love you, handsome.
But do you love me? Yes, I love you, you are handsome
Amongst the cogs and the wires, my youth
Vanilla breath and handsome apes with girlish eyes
Dreams that roam between truth and untruth
Memories that become monstrous lies
So onward! And Onward! And Onward I go!
Onward! And Upward! And I'm off to find love
With blue-black bracelets on my wrists and my ankles
And the coins in my pocket go jingle-jangle

Do you love me?
Do you love me?
Do you love me?
Do you love me?


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"Do You Love Me?, Pt. 2" as written by Paul Stanley Kim Fowley

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  • +2
    General CommentIt's based on the story 'The Juniper Tree' by Peter Straub (from his book 'Houses Without Doors') - a wonderfully disturbing work by a great author. Besides the 'jingle-jangle' and the chorus, I suppose it connects to Part 1 by how both songs seem to describe finding love as both a release and torment, and how the intensity of that particular moment can not be replicated.
    kordoon June 18, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI tried to find the article i read this in, but this was apparently based on a book Nick was reading, which had a scene where a child is molested in a movie theater while watching king kong. The song in it's entirety appears to be more about the repercussions of the molestation/rape on the child later in life than the act itself - though we do spend a lot of time hearing about the act.

    For a while i didn't piece this together. A friend of mine shed some light and it immediately took on a whole new life. If you've never heard the song knowing this is what it's about - you just have to re listen - right now. Click open iTunes and listen to it - simple lines like "my handsome little body, oddly propped" and "the coins in my pocket jingle jangled" become horrible images so effective and disturbing that i am almost ashamed to say what an amazing song this is. He never has to even mention anything specifically (perhaps a testament to the power of letting readers/listeners/viewers fill in the blanks) and you feel as dirty as if you were the man with girlish eyes with breath of death and vanilla.

    This is the kind of song he just doesn't write anymore - and with obvious reasons. I don't know the sort of toll this takes on a mans soul writing this kind of song - but it truly is a great piece of song writing, underscored beautifully by the ominous and frightening music from the Bad Seeds.
    StickityWicketon November 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCave said that the smell of vanilla reminds him of the smell of semen. So that explains why the stranger's breath smells of vanilla.

    Even 15 years later, every time I hear this song it leaves me speechless.
    ratanxon February 21, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentrape
    Apfelstrudelon December 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpaedophilia no less...pretty horrible to listen to, truely makes your skin crawl
    martynmcon December 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAaaargh I wish never knew about the child story .. :|
    Huuum .. Now how much would this imply part 1 ?
    loobiielooon February 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of the most thrilling and beautiful song on child molesting I've ever heard...it just made me cry every time. It is breathtaking, as it grabs the essence of the abuse, and how it ruins the victim's life.
    Lili77on July 29, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think Nick's father gave him the book Lolita to read when he was pretty young, so within this song and also in part 1 maybe Nick is trying to make sense of this.
    clozan10on November 12, 2017   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationI just finished reading "The Juniper Tree". It definitely connects with this song, and it gives the chorus (Do You Love Me) a whole new terrible meaning. Nick Cave is a master at conveying harsh truths with subtle poetry, and I recommend both the song and the story to everyone.
    lucyintheSkyWithDiamondson February 21, 2010   Link
  • -5
    General CommentFinally finishing what I thought was a great read, "And the Ass Saw the Angel", the ending of which made me physically ill, and now reading these lyrics which, to part 1 of the song WAS one of my favorites, I am truly repulsed. A longtime fan of Cave's, can't stomach this, seems all his once lovely longings hint to children. He says "Lolita" is best book of 20th century, a book widely revered by pedophiles, cloaked as "art". WTF, Nick???? WTF??? This isn't just art. The artist who mended my heart so many times, now breaks it anew. Crushed.
    bethandbabyon August 23, 2010   Link

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