About the time of the turn of the century
I did many things to protect myself
I did many things to protect myself
I made myself a Needle Boy
And I hid him in the closet
And I made myself a Money Man
And I hid him underneath the mattress
And I made myself a Spider Child
And I put him in a matchbox
And I forged myself a golden statuette
And I wrapped him up in a Hello Magazine
And I hid in a wall safe
And I finally I made myself a Spade Girl
And I put her in a garden shed
All to protect myself you see
From a demon that was coming
From the east or from the west
And then I sat on the rooftop and I waited

And when at last the demon came
From the east or from the west
It awoke me from my sleep
It awoke me to a particular point of view
And the Needle Boy stuck him in the eye
And the Money Man choked him with coins
The Spider Child bit him on the ankle
And the statuette crashed down upon his head
And the Spade Girl buried him underneath the house
And I danced on the rooftop
And I danced on the rooftop
And I danced to the rest of the world
And I danced to the rest of the world


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Needle Boy song meanings
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    General CommentI think this pretty obviously alludes to Nick Cave's previous struggle with drugs, more specifically his experience with heroin. With this in mind it doesn't really take much to decipher this song.
    thedimlocatoron November 09, 2013   Link

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