"Finishing Jubilee Street" as written by and Nicholas Cave Thomas Wydler....
Oh, oh
I'd just finished writing "Jubilee Street"
I laid down on my bed and fell into a deep sleep
And when I awoke, I believed I'd taken a bride called Mary Stanford
And I flew into a frenzy, searching high and low
Because in my dream the girl was very young

I said, "Hey little girl, where do you hide?
You draw lightning from the sky"

All of this and her dark hair
All of this and her dark hair, oh Lord

See that girl
Come on down
Come on down
Come on down

See that girl
Come on down
Come on down
Come on down

Last night your shadow scampered up the wall, it flied
It leaped like a black spider between your legs, and cried
My children
My children
They are lost to us

All of this and her dark hair, oh Lord
All of this and her dark hair, oh Lord

See that girl
Come on down
Come on down
Come on down

See that girl
Come on down
Come on down
Come on down

See that girl
Come on down
Come on down
Come on down

See that girl
Come on down
Come on down
Come on down


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"Finishing Jubilee Street" as written by Nicholas Cave Thomas Wydler

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    My InterpretationMary Stanford was a lifeboat that sunk in 1928 with 17 people on board. When I listen to this song, I have trouble understanding whether it is a girl or a boat Mr Cave is referring to.

    For example, the following lines can refer to the 1928 tragedy:
    "You draw the lightning from the sky" (it was storm that crashed Mary Stanford)
    "See that girl coming on down" (the boat sinking)
    "My children they are lost to us" (17 people of the crew who went down with the boat)
    "leaped like a black spider between your legs" (I imagine the lightning striking and making a black hole in the deck between the masts, if there were any)

    In the version of the song's lyrics that you can see in the video on the band's official YouTube channel, there are also lines about the skies devouring children and the great oaks that will "push the sky away" to protect the children. Maybe, it's about the wooden masts and the crew members as well. Thus, the phrase "to push the sky away" means "to avert a disaster or some elemental force".
    Ajnochkaon March 13, 2013   Link
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    General CommentGood analyse, but is it correct? Can the artist not explain?
    peter62178on October 30, 2014   Link

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