For you dear, I was born
For you I was raised up
For you I've lived and for you I will die
For you I am dying now
You were my mad little lover
In a world where everybody fucks everybody else over
You who are so far from me
Far from me
So far from me
Way across some cold neurotic sea
Far from me

I would talk to you of all matter of things
With a smile you would reply
Then the sun would leave your pretty face
And you'd retreat from the front of your eyes
I keep hearing that you're doing best
I hope your heart beats happy in your infant breast
You are so far from me
Far from me
Far from me

There is no knowledge but i know it
There's nothing to learn from that vacant voice
That sails to me across the line
From the ridiculous to the sublime
It's good to hear you're doing so well
But really can't you find somebody else that you can ring and tell
Did you ever
Care for me?
Were you ever
There for me?
So far from me

You told me you'd stick by me
Through the thick and through the thin
Those were your very words
My fair-weather friend
You were my brave-hearted lover
At the first taste of trouble went running back to mother
So far from me
Far from me
Suspended in your bleak and fishless sea
Far from me
Far from me



Lyrics submitted by Dressed2Depress, edited by Mellow_Harsher

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  • +3
    General Commentouch
    xdvron August 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPJ?
    screaming_slaveon September 27, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA lot of the album is inspired by her supposedly.
    Either way, there's a mix of emotions in this song.
    xdvron November 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love how each chorus, usually the same lines, all have different feelings provoked by the verse that comes before it. Especially the last time,
    "You were my brave-hearted lover
    At the first taste of trouble went running back to mother
    So far from me"

    The chorus sounds so much more tender when prefaced by that nasty observation of her cowardice.
    Coowon December 15, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentQuite obviously Vivienne Carneiro.
    vondarke76on April 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo, this song is not about Vivienne Carneiro. Nick has admitted in a couple of interviews, and also in his Secret Life of the Love Song lecture that the song is about Polly Jean Harvey.
    the_boatmanon September 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthere, here xdvr . . .ouch!
    a love song for damaged people
    zekenzoeyon October 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song about an intense love affair was inspired by Cave's relationship with the English singer-songwriter PJ Harvey. He finished this song when their affair went wrong and the pair broke up. Cave told Q magazine June 2008 that he needed to "experience the disaster to complete the work." He added: "I'll do anything to get a good song. Even be involved in a disastrous relationship. Love dies. What remains is the art. I can look back at my songs and piece my life together. I have songs waiting now for the catastrophic element to manifest itself."
    Moddoton November 10, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song breaks my heart. It speaks so much to me. I loved him because he woke up, fell in love and wanted to live again. But... well, he was weak and just could not handle it. He chose mother. He chose far from me. He chose to live "suspended in [his] bleak and fishless sea". So I cry, but there is nothing to do but miss what could have been. I love this song and Nick Cave is an amazing songwriter.
    acekittyhawkon March 27, 2015   Link
  • -2
    General Comment"in your infant breast", is he into children!?
    sedativeon March 10, 2009   Link

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