You were lookin for me, dear,
Down by the sea
You found some Iittle silver fish
But you didn't find me
I was hiding, dear, hiding all the way
I was hiding, dear, I was a hiding all the way

You went to the museum
And you climbed a spiral stair
You searched for me all among
The knowledge of (the) air
I was hidden, babe, I was hiding all away
I was hidden, dear, I was hiding all away

You entered the cathedral
When you heard the solemn knell
I was not sitting with the gargoyles
I was not swinging from the bell
I was hiding, dear, I was hiding all away
I was hiding, dear, I was hiding all away

You asked an electrician
If he'd seen me around his place
He touched you with his fingers
Sent sparks zapping out your face
I was hidden, dear, hiding all away
I was not there, dear, hiding all away

You went and asked the doctor
To get some advice
He shot you full of Pethidine
And then he went and billed you twice

But I was hiding, dear, hiding all away
But I was hiding, dear, hiding all away

You approached a high court judge
You thought he'd be on the level
He wrapped a rag around your face
And he beat you with his gavel
I was hiding, babe, hiding all away
I was keeping hidden dear, I was hiding all away

You asked at the local constabulary
They said, he's up to his same old tricks
They leered at you with their baby blues
And rubbed jelly on their sticks
I had to get out of there, babe, I was hiding all away
You'll never get out of there dear, I was hiding all the way

Searched through all my poets
From Sappho through to Auden
I saw the book fall from your hands
As you slowly died of boredom
I had been there, dear,
And I was not there anymore
I had been there dear, now I'm hiding all way

You walked into the ball of fame
And approached my imitators
Some were stuffing their faces with caviar
Some were eating cold potatoes
I was hiding, dear, hiding all away
I was hiding, dear, hiding all away

You asked a famous cook if he'd seen me
He opened his oven wide
He basted you with butter, babe
And made you crawl inside
I was not in there, dear, hiding all away
I was not in there, dear, hiding all away

You asked the butcher
Lifted up his cleaver
Stuck his fist up your dress
Said he must've been mad to leave you
But I had to get away, dear, hiding all away
I had to get away, dear, I was hidden all away

Some of us we hide away
Some of us we don't
Some will live to love another day
And some of us won't
But we all know there is a law
And that law, it is love
And we all know there's a war coming
Coming from above

There is a war coming
There is a war coming


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  • +1
    General Comment"I opened my eyes, Joe, (Jesus/Joseph)
    The night had been a giant, dribbling and pacing the boards
    All your letters and cards stacked up against the door
    The morning light came slowly tumbling through the crack In the window, Joe
    And I thought of you and I felt like I was lugging A body on my back"

    N.CAVE FOREVER what a poetic genius!!!! <3 (However how did it go from this and other examples to 'God is in the house'? Perhaps Nick has always wrestled with his religion??) Just my interpretation ofC ;)

    Nick Cave in 1998 FHM magazine:
    nick-cave.com/…

    "Q: You've just had a Best of... album released. What's the last song you'd have included?
    A: Fuck, I don't know. I Had A Dream, Joe (from the 1992 album, Henry's Dream), perhaps - that's a pile of crap. Lyrically, it's just a string of images put together without much meaning behind it. I'd like it to be quietly forgotten."

    I JUST BET HE DOES..................................................................................................
    BECAUSE I REALLY DON'T THINK SO. In a biography i read it said when he was in Berlin he spent alot of time reading biblical texts...and also for the book 'ass saw the angel' (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…) ...are these the nights Nick speaks of i wonder? ;) Nick should now put his name in this song...(Someone debated it here) instead of 'hiding all way' (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Hiding All Away (London 2004, Pro-Shot)) (2004!) because really.......Peace X
    DTendernesson April 15, 2014   Link
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    General Comment"You searched through all my poets
    From Sappho through to Auden
    I saw the book fall from your hands
    As you slowly died of boredom

    I had been there, dear, and I was not there anymore
    I had been there, dear, now I'm hiding all away

    You walked into the Hall of Fame
    And approached my imitators
    Some were stuffin' their faces with caviar
    Some were eatin' cold potatoes

    Well I was hidin', dear, I was hiding all away
    I was hidin', dear, I was hiding all away"

    It's all right there.....
    DTendernesson April 16, 2014   Link
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    General Comment"You asked the butcher, Lifted up his cleaver,Stuck his fist up your dress,Said he must've been mad to leave you."

    The latter "must've been mad to leave you", it is ambiguous as to whether he or she lifts the cleaver, but i am taking it that SHE does (Which means she is getting angry by this part of the song...perhaps enough to visit an old lover, unless it means she is saying it to the butcher ;).

    His view point, she "died of boredom" in relation to the content of his intellectual 'milestones'. I think it's that she doesn't get him (Nick...the character...whatever) in some way (We as an audience don't either....just picking at Auden and Sappho...picking through his past ).

    At the end a simple message of 'goodness' that has otherwise officially been bastardized in alot of ways (His view of an americanised god...far removed from the baseline message in relevance to the 'laws of love'. There is a war, or what i think might also involve a holy war, perhaps personally within a relationship yet i get the feeling much more, encapsulating the world?)

    He is almost mocking himself saying even though he has looked into all the 'intellectual' figureheads he has kind of abandoned it anyway because he believes something else He is playful and apathetic somehow, whilst still saying that "Love is the law". Ironically 'Hiding all away' in the tracklisting is after 'Cannibals Hymn'...so i don't know anymore. I give up! .
    DTendernesson April 16, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not really familiar with Nick Cave's lyrics, I've never sat down trying to analyze them seriously, but instinctively, this song reminds me of another by Alanis Morissette... "Would Not Come" ("i would go shopping and still
    it would not come
    i'd leave the country and still
    it would not come
    i would scream and rebel still
    it would not come
    i would stuff my face and still
    it would not come"
    Trying to find something that is too elusive to be grasped. In Nick Cave's song, it reaches a mystical dimension, whereas Morissette's song is more on the personal level, to me...
    mustellinaon July 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm not keen on Cave's mystic stuff, or on this album generally, but I do like this song. It has good, filthy jokes & a great tune & is fun until that clunking line comes along & ruins it: "We all know there is a law & that law it is love". Do we, indeed! The best bit is when that infernal gospel choir finally lose it, collapse giggling & are totally unable to sing. At which point this gospel choir hater says Hallelujah!
    morbid moragon July 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think of it as the girl he is talking about is trying to look for the meaning with life but only wanders into some absurd and unexplainable experiences that she can't explain because the meaning/love was hiding for her..
    stefanketon August 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCave's lyrics are as cyptic as ever,but this song strikes me as either a)the search for God or b) the search for meaning in life
    mikmaloton February 07, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"There is a war coming".....Nick is private
    DTendernesson April 15, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Some of us we hide away
    Some of us we don't
    Some will live to love another day
    And some of us won't
    But we all know there is a law
    And that law, it is love
    And we all know there's a war coming
    Coming from above"....the descriptions are like what he is describing, atleast to me. Like he is busy spinning me a yarn while telling me the truth....erh...hiding LOL.
    DTendernesson April 16, 2014   Link
  • 0
    Link(s)Sorry i got Nick Cave excited today ;s

    "Knowledge of the air" Auden? “We must love one another or die”
    ― W.H. Auden

    “Poetry might be defined as the clear expression of mixed feelings.”
    ― W.H. Auden, New Year Letter

    "In the past, Cave identified as a Christian. In his recorded lectures on music and songwriting, he has claimed that any true love song is a song for God and has ascribed the mellowing of his music to a shift in focus from the Old to the New Testaments. He does not belong to a particular denomination and has distanced himself from "religion as being an American thing, in which the name of God has been hijacked".[63] He said in a Los Angeles Times article: "I'm not religious, and I'm not a Christian, but I do reserve the right to believe in the possibility of a god. It's kind of defending the indefensible, though; I'm critical of what religions are becoming, the more destructive they're becoming. But I think as an artist, particularly, it's a necessary part of what I do, that there is some divine element going on within my songs."[64] When asked in 2009 about whether he believed in a personal God, Cave's reply was: "No".[65] When interviewed by Jarvis Cocker on 12 September 2010, for his BBC Radio 6 show "Jarvis Cocker's Sunday Service", Cave stated: "I believe in God in spite of religion, not because of it."[66]" (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…) wiki lol...it's the wrong side of 6am give me a break! :)

    "2013 conference keynote Q&A session, Cave explained: "I am Nick Cave and there is no going back to what I was. And on some level, I see that as being successful in my job and on the other hand sometimes it's fucking exhausting."
    DTendernesson April 16, 2014   Link

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