Albert, he goes West
He crosses the vast indifferent deserts
Of Arizona
He had a psychotic episode on a dude ranch
That involved a bottle
Of ammonia

Henry, he went South and lost his way
Deep in the weeping forests
Of le vulva
He grew so wan, he grew so sick
He ended up in a bungalow
Sucking a revolver

The light upon your rainy streets
Offers many reflections
I won�t be held responsible
For my actions

Bobby, he goes North
Then he goes East
Then over to New Hampshire
Bobby is a cautious man
He walked into a Concord dive
To drink a beer

Do you wanna dance?
Yeah, do you wanna move?
Yeah, do you wanna dance?
Do you wanna groove?

This world is full of
Endless abstractions
I won�t be held responsible
For my actions

Me, I ain�t going anywhere
Just sit and watch the sun come up
I like it here!
I watch the people go ticking past
I go hey hey hey, you know, I gotta say
I like it here!

Sha-la-la-la Sha-la-la-la
Sha-la-la-la La-la-la-la

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Albert Goes West song meanings
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    General CommentWOO first post! :P Firstly, this is the best album Nick Cave has done XD
    Okay, I think it's about the aftermath of a relationship has become rocky, causing change in the character. "The light upon your rainy streets offers many reflections" could refer to the sadness of his girlfriend giving many opinions about him, and "I won't be held responsible for my actions," I think, gives his opinion of exactly that. Yet the characters, "Albert", "Henry", "Bobby" etc. are reffering to parts of him travelling, i.e. changing, and "Henry" who ended up "sucking a revolver" could mean parts of him that abuse others could have been completely changed; he works to eliminate them, in order to save his relationship.
    I don't know, I could be completely off the target and sorry it's so jerky and unclear :P.
    o0conduitxXxforxXxmusic0oon March 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI was thinking this song was about Marilyn Monroe, and Henry Miller, Bobby Kennedy, and Albert Einstein.

    But then I realized she was married to ARTHUR Miller, not Henry, so much for that interpretation. Aside from that, though, it makes a lot of sense that way, Bobby Kennedy went to prep school in concord, and "cautiously" sat out the 1968 primary in New Hampshire, though having a beer in a dive in a state capital is certainly a election primary behaviour, ha.

    Einstein did visit Arizona and he co-invented a refrigeration method using ammonia.

    But who knows, it's nick cave, I don't wanna be inside his head, ha.
    illnoiseon December 21, 2011   Link
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    General Commentconduit, I think you're dead on with the interpretation that the three characters named in the song are infact different parts of a central character: the narrator. Take for example these lines from the second verse: "Henry, he went South and lost his way/Deep in the weeping forests/Of le vulva". The subtext here is fairly obvious; "Henry" is the narrator's lust and the rest quite clearly references the location and appearence of female genitalia. Wow, that sounded really clinical. Oh well, not to worry. You get what I mean ;)
    floydzkriegon April 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentFollowing previous comments.. Albert, going west, might represent pioneer approach in pursuit for the resolution of the psychic disorientation, including opiates. Which, if chronological order could be presumed, ended poorly, so south direction, described above, had been undertaken (logical choice, given the power of neglected libido after break up). And finally, safe option of cooling down (north) and going to the bar (east) to meet perspective new affairs. But that was all beforehand, right now he's happy with just where he is.
    Which is, of course, merely an abstraction in the endless pool, so he "won't be held responsible" for any of it...
    djontraon July 29, 2010   Link

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