It's up in the morning
And on the downs
Little white clouds
Like gambolling lambs
And I am breathless over you
And the red-breasted robin
Beats his wings
His throat it trembles
When he sings
For he is helpless before you

The happy hooded bluebells bow
And bend their heads all a-down
Heavied by the early morning dew
At the whispering stream
At the bubbling brook
The fishes leap up to take a look
For they are breathless over you
Still your hands
And still your heart
For still your face
Comes shining through
And all
The morning glows anew
Still your mind
Still your soul
For still
The fare of love is true
And I am breathless without you

The wind circles among the trees
And it bangs about the new-made leaves
For it is breathless without you
The fox chases the rabbit round
The rabbit hides beneath the ground
For he is defenceless without you
The sky of daytime dies away
And all the earthly things
They stop to play
For we are all breathless without you
I listen to my juddering bones
The blood in my veins
And the wind in my lungs
And I am breathless without you
Still your hands
And still your heart
For still your face
Comes shining through
And all
The morning glows anew
Still your soul
Still your mind
Still, the fire of love is true
And I am breathless without you


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    General CommentI find this cover lovely; the vocal is so smoky, fragile, and nuanced. Chan's singing just gets better with age (and sobriety, it seems); since (and including) The Greatest, I think she's become at once both more accessible and subtle.

    Anyway, at first glance this seems like a sweet love song. However, given that it's originally a Nick Cave song, I have a hard time not looking for some sort of grotesque catch -- and, um, I think the love object is actually dead? And the song is in memoriam? I dunno, I don't think it's a stretch to understand the song as a gorgeous lament. Maybe Nick was having a good day when he wrote this, though, and it actually is just some old-fashioned love song. But what are the odds?
    persimmonon March 08, 2008   Link
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    General Commentisn't it about god? i think it's about god
    victorpeon June 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI have to say this is among the most incredible covers I've ever heard. If only Nick Cave would sing it at this tempo, less upbeat; she really has a knack for seeing new things in other people's songs and transforming them into her own... it's beautiful.
    mklyon July 22, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyer it would be about god...nick cave went through a mass religious phase. it was probably written then. im not overly religious but it is an amazing and well written song.
    foodyjon October 06, 2008   Link

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