Last night I lay trembling
The moon it was low
It was the end of love
Of misery and woe

Then suddenly above me
Her face buried in light
Came a vision of beauty
All covered in white

Now the bell-tower is ringing
And the night has stole past
O Lucy, can you hear me?
Wherever you rest

I'll love her forever
I'll love her for all time
I'll love her till the stars
Fall down from the sky
Now the bell-tower is ringing
And I shake on the floor
Oh Lucy, can you hear me?
When I call and call

Now the bell-tower is ringing
And the moon it is high
Oh Lucy, can you hear me
When I cry and cry and cry

Lyrics submitted by Dressed2Depress, edited by LaT

"Lucy" as written by Nicholas Cave

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  • +1
    General CommentGreat song - one of his "dark eyed, gloomy children".

    A random reporter asked Nick whether this song is about a real person named Lucy, and Nick replied that it was not, and that he'd written it while in rehab.
    the_boatmanon October 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSeems like he has a fondness for the name "Lucy". Because in this song he writes that he loves Lucy forever and in "Swampland" by The Birthday Party he also writes "Lucy, ah'll love ya till the end!" ;)

    In the biography by Ian Johnston is written that the song maybe could be about Anita Lane.

    I thought that too because already when i listened to Swampland i thought that Lucy could be her. But that can all be completely wrong.
    Angrautimason August 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI'm sure that this is not what Nick intended or even how he sees it, but this song makes me think of Dracula- you know Lucy Westenra from Bram Stoker's classic Dracula. You know when she dies (really comes back as a vampire) but I imagine this song of her fiance dreaming about her... or perhaps she visits him...

    First verse would refer to the fact that it is night, she's dead and so it's 'the end of love'..
    Second verse, talking about her beauty above him, dressed in white- refering to the white funeral shroud..

    Now the bell-tower is ringing
    And the night has stole past
    O Lucy, can you hear me?
    Wherever you rest

    They used to ring the bells when people died.. pretty obvious.. and night is gone, so she has to return to her grave, 'wherever you rest' refering to that...

    The whole song just seems to refer to that to me... Of course it's probably not this particular Lucy... But perhaps just a Lucy that died and her lover is mourning her, maybe she visits before she 'passes on'...

    Anyway that's how I interpret it...
    julezz30on August 04, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy name is Lucy- I think about it as when who loves me finds me dead.
    Catroaron October 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh my... now it makes me cry even more T_T
    curedollon November 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI was pondering about this song and I thought this is just another one of his murder ballads.
    I could be wrong though, but the line "it was the end of our love" and the fact he doesn't know where she's burried (wherever your rest) to me points this out clearly.
    Makes me imagine he's either incarcerated or in an insane asylum. Especially with him "shaking on the floor", and the song having this innocuous and almost childish melody and beauty I think corroborates the point of it being a murder ballad.
    I think this latter paradox is almost idiosyncratic of Cave.
    E.g. Henry Lee is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard and it is so acrimonious in lines.
    LaTon September 06, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General Commentlove this song but the outro is totally unnecessary. Sends me into a murderous rage in fact
    russycarpson August 16, 2011   Link

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