Crow Jane
Crow Jane
Crow Jane
Horrors in her head
That her tongue dare not name
She lives alone by the river
The rolling rivers of pain
Crow Jane
Crow Jane
Crow Jane
Ah hah huh

There is one shining eye on a hard-hat
The company closed down the mine
Winking on waters they came
Twenty hard-hats, twenty eyes
In her clapboard shack
Only six foot by five
They killed all her whiskey
And poured their pistols dry
Crow Jane
Crow Jane
Crow Jane
Ah hah huh

Seems you've remembered
How to sleep, how to sleep
The house dogs are in your turnips
And your yard dogs are running all over the street
Crow Jane
Crow Jane
Crow Jane
Ah hah huh

"O Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson
Why you close up shop so late?"
"Just fitted out a girl who looked like a bird
Measured .32, .44, .38
I asked that girl which road she was taking
Said she was walking the road of hate
But she stopped on a coal-trolley up to New Haven
Population: 48"
Crow Jane
Crow Jane
Crow Jane
Ah hah huh

Your guns are drunk and smoking
They've followed you right back to your gate
Laughing all the way back from the new town
Population, now, 28
Crow Jane
Crow Jane
Crow Jane
Ah hah huh


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    General CommentSo, somehow 20 people die in this song...but does the Crow kill them?
    milk_and_honeyon September 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSo, somehow 20 people die in this song...but does the Crow kill them?
    milk_and_honeyon September 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe song's about this girl, Crow Jane, who gets raped (or maybe tortured) by twenty mine workers, then gets herself some guns, goes to their town and shoots them all.

    I'm not sure though, if her measurments are suposed to indicate that she's pregnant.
    Ana-chanon November 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe song's about this girl, Crow Jane, who gets raped (or maybe tortured) by twenty mine workers, then gets herself some guns, goes to their town and shoots them all.

    I'm not sure though, if her measurments are suposed to indicate that she's pregnant.
    Ana-chanon November 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe "measurements" are actually guns, surely? It makes sense with the mention of Smith & Wesson, and the period before the number (only noticed that after looking at the lyrics)

    I can't really add anything more, except it seems that the miners forgot about it (either through time, or maybe just because they were drunk because of the whiskey) - "seems you've remembered how to sleep". The narrator presumes they would not be able to sleep if they knew what they had done.
    JumpHaroundon March 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIn his book And the Ass Saw the Angel, Crow Jane is the nickname of the protagonist Euchrid's mother, who would wait drunkenly for her dead husband to come home-- certainly a more passive character of the same name. It really makes me wonder...
    If I were to interview Nick Cave, these are the kinds of things I would ask him about.
    feel me loudon June 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentCrow Jane was raped by the miners from the next town, falls pregnant, becomes depressed (your house dogs are in the turnips, your yard dogs are runnin all over the place), goes to town and arms herself, catches a coal trolley to the next town where the miners are, and kills the 20 of them who raped her, as is evident by the drop in population from 48 to 28.
    ElizaJayneon September 19, 2009   Link

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