"Where The Wild Roses Grow (with Nick Cave)" as written by and Nick Cave....
They call me The Wild Rose
But my name was Elisa Day
Why they call me it I do not know
For my name was Elisa Day

From the first day I saw her I knew she was the one
As she stared in my eyes and smiled
For her lips were the colour of the roses
They grew down the river, all bloody and wild

When he knocked on my door and entered the room
My trembling subsided in his sure embrace
He would be my first man, and with a careful hand
He wiped the tears that ran down my face


On the second day I brought her a flower
She was more beautiful than any woman I'd seen
I said, 'Do you know where the wild roses grow
So sweet and scarlet and free?'

On the second day he came with a single rose
Said: 'Will you give me your loss and your sorrow?'
I nodded my head, as I laid on the bed
He said, 'If I show you the roses will you follow?'


On the third day he took me to the river
He showed me the roses and we kissed
And the last thing I heard was a muttered word
As he stood smiling above me with a rock in his fist

On the last day I took her where the wild roses grow
And she lay on the bank, the wind light as a thief
As I kissed her goodbye, I said, 'All beauty must die'
And lent down and planted a rose between her teeth


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"Where the Wild Roses Grow" as written by Nick Cave


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    General Commentlet me set this straight people - it's a song entirely written by nick cave - all she did was sing with him (which is an understatement - this is a fantastic song and her voice is great and suits it well) ... but it's not a kylie song - it's a cave and kylie song.
    and yes, he killed her (he apparently likes to write 'murder ballads')

    but yeah, rockin' song - really eerie stuff
    festijunkon October 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWTF?!?? he killed her???
    anyone, help...
    5raon August 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat Kylie song, why can't she makes songs like this anymore? NO now it's all dance crap! GO BACK TO THE GOTH-ESK MUSIC KYLIE!!! PLEASE!!!!
    EmbryoSystemon September 24, 2002   Link
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    General Comment(:delayed:) I know it's only off her "Hits+" album, but she did have a history of goth-induced music. Which was pretty good.
    EmbryoSystemon September 26, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthe first time i heard this song i cryed and everytime sence i have cryed ! it is one of the most emotional songs around !!!
    GlAmOrElEsS_GeEkon October 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentNick Caves plays a lunatic. Eliza thought he was normal. And they went to the river and he killed her. Areal movie story.Shouldn't anybody write a book or a movie on it?
    wagon June 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJust heard it 4 1st time - LOVE Lylie singing - dumb words in it spoiled part of it 4 me: "put the rose in her TEETH" should have used "put the rose on her thgh"
    zipzipzipzapon September 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt is based on the painting by Millais ( beautiful!), which is based on Hamlet's Ophelia.
    duizendeneenon February 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlike a ghost who can't find peace because she was murdered
    fyscheeon June 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI was once told that, he found her to be as beautiful as the wild roses, and so she would remain beautiful forever - he killed her while she was still beautiful.
    AnnaM123on May 27, 2013   Link

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