Last night my kisses were banked in black hair
And in my bed, my lover, her hair was midnight black
And all her mystery dwelled within her black hair
And her black hair framed a happy heart-shaped face

And heavy-hooded eyes inside her black hair
Shined at me from the depths of her hair of deepest black
While my fingers pushed into her straight black hair
Pulling her black hair back from her happy heart-shaped face

To kiss her milk-white throat, a dark curtain of black hair
Smothered me, my lover with her beautiful black hair
The smell of it is heavy. It is charged with life
On my fingers the smell of her deep black hair

Full of all my whispered words, her black hair
And wet with tears and good-byes, her hair of deepest black
All my tears cried against her milk-white throat
Hidden behind the curtain of her beautiful, beautiful black hair

As deep as ink and black, black as the deepest sea
The smell of her black hair upon my pillow
Where her head and all its black hair did rest
Today she took a train to the West
Today she took a train to the West
Today she took a train to the West

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"Black Hair" as written by Nicholas Cave

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  • +3
    General CommentI think the emphasis on the black hair is more than it seems to be. It feels as though he's pictured her in a certain way, and is in some way blinded by this."And all her mystery dwelled within her black hair", this is apparently what made him love her, and it might feel as though he doesn't really pay attention to anything else. There are no real descriptions of emotions or associations, all is hiding beneath this curtain of black hair. He never feels much, he just kisses her throat, cries into her hair, puts his head against her neck, it's all very physical. And then, unsurprising but yet surprisingly it seems, she's gone, and all he's left with are the memories he made whilst it lasted, which are all mostly about this black hair, or the image he had of her; he never took the time to get to know this person.

    It might be about PJ Harvey, that's as much as can be said. In my opinion, it's not unlikely, seeing as he's left confused and whiplashed, but I sincerely hope their relationship was one of a more profound nature than this. This is a truly fantastic song, and although seemingly light, a very heavy and disturbingly regretful one. One of my favourites off Boatman's Call
    happybecauseon October 05, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentDefinitely about PJ.
    Marajaon April 27, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentA lot of the songs from The Boatman's Call are influenced by PJ, so it seems that this song represents a chapter or aspect of their relationship.

    This song is also the main reason I dyed my hair black.
    jade_jade_jadeon July 07, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAt a live gig in Brixton Academy 14th of August 1996 they did this song. He stated that PJ Harvey couldn''t be there tonight "but here's a song that goes out to her.".
    moenbaseon November 03, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of my favorite parts of the song is the complete simplicity of it. Someone's playing a bass organ, and someone is playing an accordion. Those clicks you hear in the song are the accordion buttons, meaning they are probably doing this song completely live, completely unprepared except for a basic tune and some of the most true, straight from the heart poetry Cave has ever written. One of his best, and one of the few love songs I can think of in this era that have any meaning behind them at all.
    Stray Caton August 28, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenteverytime i hear it i want to cry, it takes me right inside his shoes
    xERaon December 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me this suggests Susie Bick, his wife....
    inlamornaon May 24, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeautiful
    PiKueloon February 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeauty in simplicity
    Selkison July 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuperb lyric as ever, and yes it is pretty obvious who it's about.
    Songmeaningsuseron August 28, 2006   Link

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