I don’t believe in an interventionist god
But I know, darling, that you do
But if I did I would kneel down and ask him
Not to intervene when it came to you
Oh, not to touch a hair on your head
Leave you as you are
If he felt he had to direct you
Then direct you into my arms

Into my arms, o lord
Into my arms, o lord
Into my arms, o lord
Into my arms

And I don’t believe in the existence of angels
Looking at you I wonder if that’s true
But if I did I would summon them together
Ask them to watch over you
Oh, to each burn a candle for you
To make bright and clear your path
And to walk, like Christ, in grace and love
And guide you into my arms

Into my arms, o lord
Into my arms, o lord
Into my arms, o lord
Into my arms

But I believe in love
And I know that you do too
And I believe in some kind of path
That we can walk down, me and you
So keep your candles burning
Make her journey bright and pure
That she'll keep returning
Always and evermore

Into my arms, o lord
Into my arms, o lord
Into my arms, o lord
Into my arms

To make bright and clear your path
And to walk, like Christ, in grace and love
And guide you into my arms

Into my arms, O Lord
Into my arms, O Lord
Into my arms, O Lord
Into my arms

And I believe in Love
And I know that you do too
And I believe in some kind of path
That we can walk down, me and you
So keep your candle burning
And make her journey bright and pure
That she will keep returning
Always and evermore

Into my arms, O Lord
Into my arms, O Lord
Into my arms, O Lord
Into my arms


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  • +4
    General Comment"the lyrics aren't that bad"
    Nick Cave is one of the greatest songwriters ever
    the only person whos better that comes to mind is Leonard Cohen
    Girgoon November 24, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commentcorruption? perfection? Platonic love? what are you all talking about?
    The song speaks for itself, it's a romantic torch song. It's a beautiful piano line, but let's face it, these aren't exactly Nick's best lyrics, not that they should be - it's a simple little diddie of a song.

    And Karma330, please do us all a favor and don't comment on a song you've never heard...but if you must, have it make sense.
    Chinupon December 30, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOh, and liammacrae1, while I do realyze that a whole lot of what appears to be love songs are actually about drug use; how the FUCK does heroin belive in an interventionist god?!
    Apfelstrudelon December 28, 2006   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionI choose this song as my wedding song as it just seemed so appropriate and how I felt. I feel the song is almost a prayer to say thank you for having this woman in his life and it is almost a plea to say please look after her and to keep her safe in his life so that they may journey in life together. It is this journey that he believes that provides the meaning in his life and is why he is almost pleading to the Lord to keep her safe.
    alley2000on May 07, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIsn't it about a relationship between two people with different spiritual beliefs? I don't think he's talking platonic love but that's just me. It's an absolutely beautiful song anyways.
    wondercakeon June 17, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentcorruption? perfection? Platonic love? what are you all talking about?
    The song speaks for itself, it's a romantic torch song. It's a beautiful piano line, but let's face it, these aren't exactly Nick's best lyrics, not that they should be - it's a simple little diddie of a song.

    And Karma330, please do us all a favor and don't comment on a song you've never heard...but if you must, have it make sense.
    Chinupon December 30, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this is one of the best love songs ever written.

    I agree with JASGripen's comments about Into My Arms' first stanza transforming intervention into something bad.

    krburg and productofthe80s, please compare the lyrics of West Country Girl, Black Hair and Green Eyes (which are definatly about P.J.) to Into My Arms. All songs are off the same album (The Boatman's Call) and presumably written around the same time. The Boatman's Call is Nick cave's "breakup album" and I don't think this song is about anyone in particular, but if itwas, I doubt it would be P.J.

    Also, I don't understand where the comments about the lyrics being "a little corrupt" or about "a corrupted man being humbled by love" are coming from. This is simply a love song no more, no less. It is not aout either platonic love or perfection, all though the theme of perfection is present from Nick's idolisation and romanticisation of the woman as being angelic.
    Dressed2Depresson July 29, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me I think this song is simply about that "special someone" who is perfect as he or she is and not wanting them to ever encounter harm. Hence the lyrics

    "I would kneel down and ask him
    Not to intervene when it came to you
    Oh, not to touch a hair on your head
    Leave you as you are"

    "But if I did I would summon them together
    Ask them to watch over you
    Oh, to each burn a candle for you
    To make bright and clear your path"
    lawlessdanon September 29, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti like this song because it's not about corruption, rather perfection.
    freakishlybeautifulon January 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree, this song is about perfection, about platonic love, about how it feels when you love a person in the very purest sense of the verb "to love".
    Gummitchon April 18, 2002   Link

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