Lover, lover, goodbye
So slowly goes the night
I trace the print of your body with my hand
Like the map of some forbidden land
I trace the ghosts of your bones
With my trembling hand
Dark is my night
But darker is my day yeah
I must've been blind
Out of my mind
Not to read the warning signs
How goes it?
It goes lonely
Goes slowly

So slowly goes the night
Ten lonely days, ten lonely nights
I watch the moon get flayed anew
Until the moom becomes the skinning tool
I send the skins of my sins out to cover and comfort you
I know of a Heaven
And honey I know of a Hell yeah
I hang my head
In my bed
And remember what you said
"One evening, I'm leaving"
And I laughed and checked her breathing
And said darling

Go slowly through the knight
O baby, I feel the heal of time
I wake to find you sitting here
Cutting tangels out of your hair
Singing a song that's all wrong
Hey, but that's alright, I don't care
O darling forgive me
For all the misery yeah
I embrace an empty space
And your laughing song it fades
Where goes it?
It goes some place
Where it's lonely

And black as the night
Come back, darling and put things right
I hang my head and cry cry cry
Darling, all night I try
To cease on a reason for this mad mad season
The nights, they are so long now
I can't remember it being light
Call it sleep, call it death, call it what you like
But only sleep, dear
Only sleep brings you back to life yeah
I hang my head
I toss and I sweat
I never never can forget
How goes it?
I'm going, but slowly slowly going
And we both know that it's gonna be alright

But it ain't you who has to cry cry cry
Ten lonely days, ten lonely nights
Since you left my side side side



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  • +2
    General CommentI must have a different version of this song, probably different version of the whole album. Or maybe these lyrics published on songmeanings are wrong, because lyrics in version, which I have are:

    Darling, that morning you chose to go,
    I awoke in my boots and clothes.
    You had taken mycar, stole my cash
    even my five hundred dollar suit was slashed.
    And I just laid there watching the sun fall down from the sky,
    not wanting to open the letter, but opening it anyway, and seeing those two words. . .

    Lover, lover, goodbye
    So slowly goes the night
    Next to me lies your body plan
    Like the map of some forbidden land
    I trace the ghosts of your bones
    With my trembling hand
    Dark is my night
    But darker is my day yeah
    I must've been blind
    Out of my mind
    Never never saw the warning signs
    How goes it?
    It goes lonely
    It goes slowly

    So slowly goes the night
    Ten lonely days, ten lonely nights
    I watch the moon get flayed anew
    Until the moom becomes the skinning knife
    The skins of my sins I send out to cover and comfort you
    I know of a Heaven
    And honey I know of a Hell yeah
    I hang my head
    In toss in my bed
    I never never forget the words you said
    "One evening, I'm leaving"
    And I laughed and checked her breathing
    And said darling

    Go slowly through the knight
    O baby, I feel the heal of time ( and it hurts )
    I wake to find you sitting out there
    Cutting tangels of your hair
    Singing a song that's all wrong
    Hey, but that's alright, I don't care
    O darling forgive me
    For all the misery yeah
    I embrace an empty space
    And your laughing song that slowly fades
    Where goes it?
    It goes some place
    Where it's lonely

    And black as the night
    Come on, darling and put things right
    yeah put things right
    I hang my head and cry cry cry
    Darling, all night I try
    To cease on a reason for this mad mad season
    The nights, they are so long now
    I can't remember it being light
    Call it sleep, call it death, call it what you like
    But only sleep, dear
    Only sleep brings you back to life yeah
    I hang my head
    I toss and I sweat
    I never never can forget
    How goes it?
    Well, I'm going, but it's slowly slowly going
    And we both know that it's gonna be alright

    But it ain't you who has to cry cry cry
    Mmm, ten lonely days, ten lonely nights
    Since you left my side side side...

    So you can see little diferences between these two variations of lyrics. Which version do you have?
    Yachikoon February 28, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think all the songs off Tender Prey have been copied directly from the lyrics in the inlay book which are often wrong or incomplete on many albums.

    As for the song itself, I love it. It sounds to me like both a loving tribute to and a tongue in cheek parody of big, cheesy 70s love ballads. This is especially evident in Nick Cave's hilarious spoken word part at the beginning and the soft-rock "ba ba ba" backing vocals. Cave is proudly showing off his love of these overblown songs while simultaneously acknowledging the ludicrous element which is often what makes them so appealing in the first place.
    madmanmunton May 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGod I love this song. The music puts a man in the mood, not so much the lyrical content.
    mendigomartinon February 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have the same version that you have, Yachiko.
    Songmeaningsuseron July 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGood point in the previous post. Although I've recognized a certain exaggeration in the interpretation (as this is not one of his super tender songs later in the career), it overlays so subtle with a sincere invocation of immediate sense of abandonment. Spectacular hommage to the legacy.
    And the first "So slowly goes the night" (also from the corrected version of the lyrics).. man, the chills! :) Love the way he gets excited through few verses, then suddenly steps back, deflates, exactly as disillusion of getting back together strikes at the forlorn one so painfully, over and over again. From a comfortable distance, one of my favourite lullabies...
    djontraon May 10, 2011   Link

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