Through the windswept coastal trees
Where the dead come rising from the sea
With a teddy-bear clamped between her knees
She says, "where can my loverman be?"
Well, I'm down here, babe, with the Eskimos
With the polar bears and the Arctic snow
With a party of penguins who do not know
How I can get back to thee
Well I'm gonna ask you, babe
Hey! Ho!
Oh baby don't you go
Hey! Ho!
Oh no no no
Hey! Ho!
Oh babe, baby, don't you go
All supernatural on me

Once I was your hearts desire
Now I am the ape hunkered by the fire
With my knuckles dragging through the mire
You float by so majestically
You're my north, my south, my east, my west
Well you are the girl that I love best
With an army of tanks bursting from your chest
I wave my little white flag at thee
Well, can you see it, babe?
Yeah, Hey! Ho!
Oh baby don't you go
Hey! Ho!
Oh no no no
Hey! Ho!
Oh baby, don't you go
All supernaturally on me

Now I've turned the mirrors to wall
And I've emptied out the peopled halls
And I've nailed shut the windows and I've locked the doors
There is no escape, you see
And I chase you up and down the stairs
Well under tables and over chairs
Well I reach out and I touch your hair
And it cuts me like a knife
For there is always some little thing you've gotta do
Hey! Ho!
Oh baby don't go
Hey! Ho!
Well baby, no no no
Hey! Ho!
Ah don't you go
All supernatural on me

Hey! Ho!
Hey! Ho!
Hey! Ho!

Lyrics submitted by pumkinhed, edited by Nivek138

Supernaturally song meanings
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    General CommentI love this song so much, and I think there are many levels to it. In one way I think it's about trying to reach someone who seems really mysterious, or is hard to grasp an understanding of. I think of this in terms of myself all the time. I get so deep, and passionate, and abstract, that sometimes I have to remind myself not to go all "supernatural". In the case of the character in the song, it seems like he has elevated a woman to an otherworldly level. By doing this, he has put her on pedestal, and deemed himself unworthy. By doing this, she's no longer in his grasp. He can't emotionally reach/understand her, but he'll go to any length to keep this supernatural being around.
    OnlineParasiteon February 25, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite from the current CD. The rythm makes me wanna dance and i love the lyrics!
    hellason April 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHell yeah! I'm going to see Nick Cave in 9 days! 9 DAYS!!!! Ahh!
    Ahem, not really sure what the song means though...

    "Through the windswept coastal trees
    Where the dead come rising from the sea
    With a teddy-bear clamped between her knees
    She says, where can my loverman be?"

    Doesn't that really create images in your head? It's fantastic.
    __AwwSugaron January 23, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationSo this is just my personal interpretation. Because there have been many times in my life during conversations where I would like to have said, "No please please don't go all supernatural on me" and by it I would mean, don't start talking to me about God. It makes me sad. Or maybe I need real help, I am sick and in a terrible situation and you say "God has a plan" and I think "oh no..."

    There isn't much evidence for this in the lyrics. You'd kind of have to take the song as a metaphor for this interpretation. But I think it has potential because of "Into my arms": "I don't believe in an interventionist God, but I know darling that you do"

    As to what hellas said five years ago about the rhythm, it totally makes me want to dance to. Though I usually listen to it lying in bed after I've taken some kind of sleeping pill. It reminds me of that Nina Simone song Sinner man. They're pretty similar.
    hanscastorpon December 11, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThe chorus: "Hey! Ho!" might be a reference to the Ramones (who sparked the UK punk movement when they toured in 1976 and 77) song "Blitzkrieg Bop" 1975, which is a song about rebellious teenagers have sex or auto-erotica in the backseat of cars.

    Having "a teddy bear clamped between her knees" might mean she is a little Daddy's girl, and might be another reference to Master-bating.

    Her loverman is "down here" "with a party of penguins", south of the equator, in Antarctica.

    Nick Cave's band the Birthday Party and his lover, Anita Lane, moved from south of the equator, Australia to London in 1980.

    "Once I was your hearts desire, now I am the ape hunkered by the fire" I'm taking a leap but I think that he is saying when they were lovers he was lifted up into an almost sacred state of mind, but now separated, he feels like a less evolved ape.

    "You float by so majestically" might mean she is a ghost, either literally or metaphorically -the memories of her that haunt him.

    "turned the mirrors to the wall" is an old practice when someone died, to protect the soul of the departed, because it was thought the soul could become trapped inside a mirror, rather than going to heaven where it would be at peace.

    "I touch your hair and it cuts me like a knife, for there is always something other, little thing, you gotta do" I'm not sure what this means except he is feels she is running away from him and that rejection hurts him, his deep desire for her, hurts him.

    She is a ghost, in the sense that her memory haunts him. When he chases her, she eludes him, but if he gets close enough to stroke her spectral hair, it only causes him injury.
    fortune8on May 09, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationI think it's Nick's interpretation the story of Orpheus and Eurydice. Eurydice dies and goes to the Underworld. Orpheus father encourages him to descend to the underworld to bring her back which he attempts but fails on a stipulation.

    I think there are quite a few lines which could relate to the story . The cold references I think refers to his meeting with Pluto where he plays his lyre and moves Pluto deeply in allowing Orpheus to take Eurydice back.

    Four points on a compass at once suggests limbo. which could reffer to her being in the underworld

    'For there is always some little thing you've gotta do' I think this refers to Pluto's stipulation which was for Orpheus to leave the underworld and not look back and trust Eurydice would follow, if he was to see her before they left he'd lose her forever which is why I think Nick referenced the turning round of the mirrors so not to chance seeing her to early.

    'Well I reach out and I touch your hair
    And it cuts me like a knife' Well Orpheus at the last second looked back thinking Pluto had conned him and saw Eurydice actually following. At that moment he lost her forever, so the above lyric I think is that moment when he realised she was close enough to touch but the cut represents the pain of him realising he's just lost her forever.

    The title becomes self explanatory if you match it to the story Lovers separated by different worlds/dimensions. The ghost references would support that too.

    Given the Album is Nick's interpretation of the Life of Orpheus I think this song is one of the few on album which relates to his wife Eurydice
    FunkyBon January 19, 2018   Link

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