Along crags and sunless cracks I go
Up rib of rock, down spine of stone
I dare not slumber where the right winds whistle
Lest her creeping-soul clutch this heart of thistle

Oh the same God that abandon'd her
Has in turn abandon'd me
And softenin' the turf with with my tears
I dug a well of misery

And, in that well of misery
Hangs a bucket fulla sorrow
Which swings slow an' achin' like a bell
Its toll is dead and hollow

Down that well lies the long-lost dress
of my li'l floating girl
That muffles a tear that you let fall
All down that well of misery

Put ya shoulder to the handle, if ya dare
and hoist that bucket, hither
Crank'n'hoist an' hoist'n'crank
Till ya muscles waste an' wither

Oh the same God that abandon'd her
Has in turn abandon'd me
Deep in the desert of despair
I wait at the well of misery

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Well of Misery song meanings
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    General CommentNo Conception!
    Guarimnon November 14, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationOne of my favorites from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Basically, the idea I get from this song is that it's about a man stuck in a remote barren landscape and he's haunted because he killed a woman and threw her down the well that he's referencing. Probably killed her because he was isolated with her and isolated people often go a little crazy in one way or another. He keeps revisitng the well that he dumped her in and he's completely miserable and guilt stricken. I think of a dead woman in a well because he mentions his little floating girl and he mentions that he dare not sleep where the right winds whistle or he feels that her soul will come back and clutch at his heart. Actually, a pretty creepy song but then again, much of Cave's work is creepy.
    thirstymuseon March 07, 2012   Link

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