Stranger than kindness
Bottled light from hotels
Spilling everything
Wet hand from the volcano
Sobers your skin
Stranger than Kindness

You caress yourself
And grind my soft cold bones below
Your map of desire
Burned in your flesh
Even a fool can come
A strange lit stair
And find a rope hanging there
Stranger than kindness

Keys rain like heaven's hair
There is no home there is no bread
We sit at the gate and scratch

The gaunt fruit of passion
Dies in the light
Stranger than kindness

Your sleeping hands journey
They loiter
Stranger than kindness
You hold me so carelessly close
Tell me I'm dirty
I'm a stranger
I'm a stranger
I'm a stranger to kindness


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Stranger Than Kindness (Nick Cave cover) song meanings
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  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about sex, obviously, but it's being regarded as a bizarre act of affection.

    Lines like "maps of desire BURNED into flesh" and "tell me I'm dirty" make me feel as though this song isn't about glorifying intercourse, but almost questioning it, and remaining slightly ominous of its consequences.

    This song feels inhuman, as well, like we really aren't ourselves when we're tempted with lust, like we're nothing but animals when it all comes down to it.
    tyakon October 24, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionI think a step closer would reveal it's about prostitution... Lets just call a spade a spade... here is why I think so...

    "The gaunt fruit of passion
    Dies in the light
    Stranger than kindness

    Your sleeping hands journey
    They loiter
    Stranger than kindness
    You hold me so carelessly close
    Tell me I'm dirty
    I'm a stranger
    I'm a stranger
    I'm a stranger to kindness "

    If that isn't the epitome of the relationship of a prostitute and her john I do not know what is>>>

    and with that said I think this stanza is very telling.....

    You caress yourself
    And grind my soft cold bones below
    Your map of desire
    Burned in your flesh
    Even a fool can come
    A strange lit stair
    And find a rope hanging there
    Stranger than kindness

    This prostitute is so down and out she wishes she were dead!
    wa1968on May 01, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correction& Since this song is about sex, wouldn't "even a fool can CUM" make more sense than "even a fool can COME?"
    tyakon October 24, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about sex, the song suggests that sex is 'stranger than kindness'

    kindness is strange because its other people doing nice things for you for no personal gain what so ever which if you have trouble trusting others can seem like a very strange action

    sex is strange like kindness its again people giving themselves up to others she cant imagine someone would offer their body to her hence making the experience strange like kindness
    katjasoanaon December 16, 2014   Link

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